It’s safe to say that the heyday of The Terrifics has passed. The book no longer feels like something cool and special. It’s now another superteam, one among many.
That’s not a kiss of death, though, and I found the story in this issue quite entertaining. Still, it was notable that this was not due primarily to the characters, but to the bizarre plot. And I guess I am fine with that. It was still perfectly readable, and by the end I found myself enjoying the outing.
The team is stuck dealing with the Noosphere, a knock off version of Mr Terrific’s t-sphere, made by Simon Stagg, which has developed sentience, and is now out to consume everyone on Earth. It is using the Biblical Plagues of Egypt as the algorithm to do so.
An enemy for the Noosphere emerges from Metamorpho’s body, and gets named Creepy Mouth, although it is really more of a manifestation of Gaea and the planet, determined to prevent Noosphere’s destruction.
The Terrifics themselves are sort of stuck in the middle of this battle. The tale is quickly paced and easy to follow, despite the strange directions it is taking. In a way, this is reminding me of a Doom Patrol type of story, which isn’t such a bad thing.
Stephen Segovia’s art is a large part of why this all works as well as it does. He keeps things visually dynamic, making the most of Plastic Man and Metamorpho.
So while the book has definitely taken a step down, it’s still a satisfying, and entertaining, read.