First seen 2000AD #167 (Jul 1980)

Comic Heroes - - Feature -

In terms of sheer imag­i­na­tive in­ven­tion, Pat Mills some­times comes across as the Bri­tish Jack Kirby, and Ter­might – a far fu­ture Earth, ren­dered un­in­hab­it­able on the sur­face, and thus rid­dled with caves, tun­nels and “Ter­ror Tubes” where a fright­ened, vi­o­lent mankind hud­dles – is one of his great­est in­ven­tions. (It doesn’t hurt, of course, that all the clas­sic de­pic­tions were ren­dered by the amaz­ing Kevin O’Neill, with his clar­ity, grotes­query, clean lines and wicked sense of hu­mour.) In a uni­verse where fas­cist, re­li­gious zealot hu­mans are the bad guys – and ugly, amoral aliens our he­roes – the rigid, buried, closed off, painfully com­pli­cated ge­og­ra­phy of Ter­might is the per­fect back­drop.

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