A Matter Of Faith: Terrifics #24 Review
by Josh Davison
Mild Spoilers Ahead
The Terrifics, the Terribles, and Boyzarro have been flung to the very end of time. There, they find a series of meditating monks, but they are soon attacked by what appear to be the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The Terrifics and the Terribles team up to fight the Horsemen and they drive the creatures back to a temple. Inside, the Noosphere awaits and it informs Mister Terrific that the heat death of the universe is imminent and everything they’ve experienced so far is a simulation. This development pleases Bizarro, but Mister Terrific won’t accept this ending. Unfortunately, there appears to be no escape, as the Noosphere isn’t capable of sending the Terrifics back to their native time.
Terrifics #24 concludes the team’s struggle against Bizarro and the Terribles. Bizarro’s meddling with time has landed both teams at the end of everything and death seems imminent for everyone involved. It’s another wild issue, between the return of the Noosphere, Bizarro turning out to be something of a nihilist, ample religious imagery, and the insane matter of how the Terrifics actually escape the situation.
Despite the absurdity, there is less humor in this issue. All cards have been placed on the table, and everyone’s intentions are clear. Bizarro is seemingly suicidal and Boyzarro doesn’t know how to deal with it. Mister Terrific’s lack of faith in any sort of higher power becomes a focal point of the book once again and Michael is forced to grapple with the possibility that he may have been wrong all along.
Sergio Davila once again provides some excellent visual work for the book. His aesthetic is appealingly slick and well-detailed. His texturing ability is a great boon to the comic. Vicente Cifuentes supplies some impressive inkwork and Protobunker’s color art ensures that the book pops throughout.
Terrifics #24 is a strange and surprisingly emotional finale for this story arc. We get to the heart of Bizarro’s apocalyptic plan and his motivations while Mister Terrific must question whether there is a grand plan for everything after all. It’s a grabbing read and it earns a recommendation. Check it out.
Terrifics #24 comes to us from writer Gene Luen Yang, artist Sergio Davila, inker Vicente Cifuente, colors from Protobunker, letterer Tom Napolitano, cover artist Dan Mora, and variant cover artist Gabriel Hardman with Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Final Score: 8/10