They say that the best way to go out is with a bang. Mister Terrific unfortunately did not take that advice to heart and opted for one of the most underwhelming and predictable arcs in the New 52 series.
Starting off with fast-paced action, the series debuts The Tomorrow Thief in the first book of this arc to rival Mister Terrific. While this new villain does feel like a white carbon-copy of Holt, it did serve the main purpose of the book well which is to show the struggle that Holt has to deal with by being a hero. The story unfortunately did in no way offer any sense of originality which greatly made the plot feel rather dull. Furthermore, the predictability was amplified by the overly cliché lines that they threw at each other during their heated battle. If this wasn’t bad enough, the shear absurdness of this villain, who had no prior development, could very well make any reader roll their eyes. Another flaw was that despite being clearly mentioned to be a kid, this antagonist has the body of a god with the phenomenal power to control atomic bonding which allows him to phase through matter that can rival members of the Justice League.
The arc subsequently focuses on Holt Industries and the conspiracy that has been hinted at from the beginning of the series – the Circle revolution. Though it was nice to see the twist that involved Donald, the guy who wants to take over Holt’s company, become the bad guy, the resulting fight was poorly choreographed with poorly written dialogue. It is very unfortunate that given how distinctly structured this series has been in its short run, it is extremely surprising that they would release such an absurdly predictable arc. It is worth mentioning that The Truth is Out There does attempt to strengthen the arc by introducing the Blackhawks which did make some of the fight scenes more exciting. Sadly, these attempts were not strong enough to pull the story out of the graves that the poor writing had dug.
For a conclusion story, I was substantially let down. The arc’s ending that seems to focus on recapping Holt’s origin story which I believe was meant to add some nostalgia to the series unfortunately was unnecessary given that the series had only 8 books. With all the negative aspects that surrounds this arc, the one redeeming quality was that at the end, we see Holt heading into Earth 2 where hopefully we get to see more of Karen Starr. I refrained from mentioning about her in any of the previous reviews for this series as I did not want to talk about it unless it came up (which it did not). But for readers who are unaware, Karen Starr is none other than the famous Power Girl.
Despite the weak conclusion, I am still excited to see how this all plays out on the Earth-2 series.