Freddy Vale writes from New York Comic Con 2017:
In a world riddled with dark, gritty, sepia-toned superheroes, one show dares to defy the status quo: The Tick! The latest iteration of the blue suited super-bug is heavily inspired by the more classic model of the superhero; one filled with cheesy catchphrases and over-the-top characters.
I had the pleasure of attending a panel for The Tick. The event room was packed, a clear testament to the show’s success. The hour began with various members of the cast coming to the stage: Ben Edlund (Creator), Barry Josephson (Executive Producer), David Fury (Executive Producer), Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick), Griffin Newman (Arthur), Valorie Curry (Dot), Yara Martinez (Miss Lint), Brendan Hines (Superian), Scott Speiser (Overkill), Michael Cerveris (Ramses), and Jackie Earle Haley (The Terror).
The cast was asked a few questions, including how the Tick found the sound for his voice. Serafinowicz replied that he tries to “embody the psyche of the classic American hero.” He further explained how he tries to emulate old American radio announcers.
We were then shown a brief trailer of the second half of the first season (or as the panelists called it, Season 1b). We witnessed The Terror playing a vicious drum solo, plenty of explosions, and the Tick being shot out of what seemed to be a giant cannon.
Edlund stated how the next few episodes will start exploring more of the side characters, and the Terror will be “front and center, unleashing hell on everybody.” Serafinowicz mentioned how his character will go through a more introspective and emotional journey in 1b. Newman spoke on his character, saying, “Arthur has stopped refusing the call — he is much more unified with the Tick”.
The audience was then allowed to ask questions to the panelists. One of the most interesting ones asked Edlund how this show would be different from its predecessors. Edlund responded that although it generally is a light hearted show, he hopes to delve into darker depths. The intent is to have multiple seasons, and therefore he wishes to “create something that resonates.”
You can stream the first six episodes of The Tick now on Amazon Prime. The final six episodes will launch February 23rd, 2018.