I am really glad that Stephen Segovia is such a good artist. His work enlivens every single page of the latest issue of The Terrifics. It allows me to give this a positive review. Frankly, I might not have, otherwise.
It’s not like I hate Gene Luen Yang’s story. It’s perfectly serviceable, and I even enjoyed the unexpected, but perfectly reasonable, resolution to the Noosphere story. I appreciate how he is developing the relationship between Michael and Paula Holt. But there isn’t the spark that the book once had. I’m sorry to say it, but it’s true.
Plastic Man’s bonding with his long neglected son was too easy, and there is similarly a lack of energy in the relationship between Metamorpho and Sapphire Stagg.
Now I will concede that this was Yang’s first story arc, and perhaps I am demanding a bit too much all at once.
And that’s where Segovia’s skill makes all the difference. I loved looking at this book. I loved it enough that I will continue to follow it, which will give Yang a chance to get a firmer hold on the series.
To be honest, I just don’t see this book living up to its first year. But I am also not dropping it from my reading list.