22 years ago, fans fell in love with a TV version of Ben Edlund’s The Tick, charmed by the show’s loopy self-aware superhero send-ups. 15 years ago, fans cheered for a live-action version of the Tick starring the too-perfect Patrick Warburton. Today, we get a new Tick for a new landscape, and I’m already hooked.
The Tick never got big like other comics characters from his era. His obscure, black-and-white, indie-publisher origins were similar to Men in Black or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but the character became a cult favorite instead of a household name. And as is the case with cult favorites, fans of Tick comics and harbor ferocious love for their love for the blue bug of justice, clutching their memories with nigh-immeasurable strength. There’s been some worry in the ether about the new Tick series that starts airing today on Amazon, concern that it might sneeze evil over those memories. Fear not, citizens; this is the smartest, sharpest version of Edlund’s character yet, one that’s perfect for a superhero-saturated pop culture ecosystem.