Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Terrifics #16 Review

This Book Needs a Story...Badly

Writer: Gene Luen Yang
Artist: Stephen Segovia, Dexter Vines, Protobunker, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22, 2019

I can't say that The Terrifics has been my favorite book coming out, but I am willing to give it another try now that Gene Luen Yang has jumped on board.  His first issue was pretty good and had me interested enough to let myself get cautiously optimistic going forward.  So, how was this issue?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with the team still fighting the computer simulation from the last issue...and it's all about disgusting computer gnats!  Yea, that might not sound that exciting, but it's fun enough mainly because of Plastic Man.  

It continues for a bit until Pixelix (the computer-generated lady from the last issue) shows up and changes up the game...the Terrifics now must seek out "Him" by getting through a dungeon crawl.  I love me a good dungeon crawl and boy, if "Him" ends up being Captain Chaos from Cannonball Run, I might just be in Heaven!

After Michael and Paula bond a little over Gauntlet, am equipment shop just pops up (is this what the kids call a pop-up shop?) and after the fly merchants running it pretty much force their wares on the team, they attack them because they claim they are thieves.  It is all a quick way for Yang to get the ball running in this video game D&D world.

After a bit of fighting, Mister Terrific loses his life (in video game speak...kind of) and the team just might have fallen into a trap as we see that dying might be the way to solve all of this or curse the world...and the internet.  

Gene Luen Yang isn't ready to show all of his cards, however, and when Mister Terrific returns, the world resets again and I have a feeling that Stagg maybe telling us all what is best in life next issue.

This was a quick enough read with great art and while it was fun, I really need more story before I get fully into it.  While most of the issue is dealing with this virtual world of the Nine Plagues (according to Plas), the best part for me was seeing E-Dog and Offspring since I thought Yang had left them behind when he joined the book.  Overall, this is an okay issue that I wish was more of a jumping on point for new readers or those who left the book issues ago.

Bits and Pieces:

While there is fun to be had here, this is hardly an essential read.  I still have faith that Yang will get things going and this issue looks great, but as of now, I still can't give it much of a recommendation except to people already reading it.


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