Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Terrifics #27 Review


The Council of Spheres

Writer: Gene Luen Yang
Artist: Sergio Davila, Vicente Cifuentes, Protobunker and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 26, 2020

Most people know that Terrifics is ending with #30 and that this is the last print issue before it finishes up as a Digital-Only title.  It's a shame because Gene Luan Yang has done an excellent job on the book since taking over from Jeff Lemire, but it did outlive all the other New Age of Heroes books.  So does the book continue to be a good read for its stretch run?  Let's find out...


The book opens up right where the last issue's cliffhanger left off, below Gateway City, with The Terrifics teaming up with the T-Council.  I am not going to get too caught up in current continuity here, but this was a very odd week for Ted Kord!  I do think the T-Council is an awesome team and wish we were going to get a ton of them from here on out, but with the book ending, it's not very likely.  However, the interaction between Mr. Terrific and Silas Stone does feel like it is setting up something...



Gene Luen Yang spends a bit of time introducing the T-Council, but I didn't mind because they are such a cool group with characters we don't see a lot.  Meanwhile, Sapphire is looking for her missing father, and Staggatron drops a bombshell that may lead to daddy issues before it's all over.

Plastic Man has daddy issues as well since his son was one of the holo-transit passengers who turned into a monster.  Daddy issues because daddy is pissed and wants to save his son.  This is where Silas Stone shows his true colors for a moment, and I can see why Cyborg ran away to the Ghost Sector!  By the way, that's not why he ran away to the Ghost Sector at all.

The Terrifics and the T-Council separate to save as many people as possible, but we get more from our main characters as they find out the lengths that Simon Stagg will go to live forever.  I guess he didn't read the fine print, though, since he is ready to return his gift and get his life back...and his legs!



This was the most disappointing part of the issue.  Gene Luen Yang's pacing on this book has been stellar, but after all the setup, everything at the end felt rushed.  He does twist things up at the end, which will inevitably tie into Saphire's earlier daddy issue and drive this book to the finish line.

The Terrifics #27 was a good issue, but it was a bit of a let down from the last one.  Actually, it was more of a let down from the cliffhanger that had me so pumped to see the T-Council this month.  I liked the team, don't get me wrong, they didn't have a lot to do except introduce themselves, crack wise and separate from The Terrifics.  Still, a massive thing happened by the end, and I am interested to see how that works out.



The Terrifics has opened my eyes to Sergio Davila, big time!  He already proved he could draw the crap out of The Terrifics, but his character models for the T-Council were outstanding as well and DC should get him on another book the minute issue #30 hits the shelves, or sooner!

Bits and Pieces:

The Terrifics #27 is another good issue from Gene Luen Yang and Sergio Davila.  While the plot felt a little rushed by the end, I enjoyed seeing the T-Council, and the cliffhanger sets up a very personal story as Yang ends the series. 

8.0/10

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