Inside-Out Time Machine: Terrifics #20 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Bizarro and the Terribles have arrived at Terrific Tower with a bang. Bizarro departs to look for a fuel source for his time machine, leaving Mr. Terrible, Change-O-Shape-O, Disposable Man, and Figment Girl to fight their counterparts on the Terrifics. Ms. Terrific tries to stop Bizarro but to no avail. He quickly finds what he’s looking for while the Terrifics struggle to counteract the strange powers of the Terribles. Bizarro and the Terribles leave soon after while the Terrifics try to discover what exactly Bizarro stole. Once they find out, the strange effects of Bizarro’s “time machine” begin to manifest.

Terrifics #20 cover by Dan Mora
Terrifics #20 cover by Dan Mora

Terrifics #20 is an odd comic indeed. The goofy concepts for the Terribles are impressively creative, and the true purpose of Bizarro’s time machine genuinely surprised me.

The comic is fairly comedic on the whole. Bizarro’s backwards speech often elicits a few chuckles, and the time machine throws a comedic curveball about halfway through the comic.

Some of the humor is fairly dumb though, and there are a fair share of misses mixed in with the humorous hits. 

Either way, like last issue, this isn’t comic isn’t going to satisfy you if you were expecting a serious read from Terrifics this month.

Terrifics #20 art by Stephen Segovia, Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli, Protobunker, and letterer Tom Napolitano
Terrifics #20 art by Stephen Segovia, Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli, Protobunker, and letterer Tom Napolitano

Steven Segovia and Brent Peeples split the art on this venture, and both provide excellent visual work. Their styles are compatible enough that you can easily miss when one artist is switched for the other. Both styles are well-detailed and are well-supported by the color work from Protobunker.

Terrifics #20 is a goofy, slightly dumb, but overall enjoyable issue from the series. While not all the jokes land, there is enough anarchic creativity and charm as to make the comic a worthwhile read. As such, it gets a recommendation. Feel free to pick it up.

Terrifics #20 comes to us from writer Gene Luen Yang, artists Stephen Segovia and Brent Peeples, inkers Stephen Segovia and Matt Santorelli, color art from Protobunker, letterer Tom Napolitano, cover artist Dan Mora, and variant cover artist Deyn.

Final Score: 7/10

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