Simon Stagg’s Deal With The Devil: ‘Terrifics #26’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead 

Simon Stagg has pancreatic cancer and he’s been given three months to live. However, the same night of the diagnosis, demon-like creatures arrive to give Stagg on offer on behalf of their master. They can make Simon Stagg immortal…for a price. The next morning, the Terrifics and Simon Stagg unveil their new “Rapid Transit Holo-Pod System” for Gateway City. It’s a clean energy monorail system made of hard light. Stagg and Plastic Man’s son, Luke, are on one of the pods that take the maiden voyage across Gateway City. However, Stagg, Luke, and the other passengers on that pod go missing, and it’s up to the Terrifics to track them down.

Terrifics #26 cover by Dan Mora
Terrifics #26 cover by Dan Mora

Terrifics #26 kicks off the next arc for the title, “The Day Simon Stagg Died,” which is a fairly foreboding name and it does seem that Stagg’s days on this Earth are numbered. 

Despite that foreshadowing, much of the issue is actually pretty funny. Stagg is a focus of it and we meet his new android, the Staggatron. The Staggatron trips over itself heaping praise for Simon Stagg at every turn. 

That said, there is plenty of dark in the book too. It seems that Stagg has made a deal with actual demons out of fear for his life and it’s taken him to some desperate places.

By now, it really does feel like the Terrifics have melded into the Fantastic Four, which is probably an obvious observation. Much of the comic tauts the power of science and the team moves as a cheery unison with Mr. Terrific as Reed, Metamorpho as Ben, Plastic Man as Johnny, and Phantom Girl being an innocent and naive version of Sue. It does have its own quirks which set it apart from the FF and it’s still a very enjoyable book. This isn’t intended to be a criticism so much as an observation.

Terrifics #26 art by Sergio Davila, Vicente Cifuentes, Protobunker, and letterer Tom Napolitano
Terrifics #26 art by Sergio Davila, Vicente Cifuentes, Protobunker, and letterer Tom Napolitano

Sergio Davila provides the book with a highly-detailed and all-around gorgeous artistic treatment. The team looks awesome throughout the book and the action beats are kinetic and flowing. Vicente Cifuentes inks the book excellently and color artist Protobunker delivers a vibrant and popping palette.

Terrifics #26 brings another dark turn to this otherwise fun science-centric DC title. Stagg may be facing his last days and he’ll do anything to live a little longer. In any case, it’s an enjoyable read with great artwork and it earns a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

Terrifics #26 comes to us from writer Gene Luen Yang, artist Sergio Davila, inker Vicente Cifuentes, color artist Protobunker, and letterer Tom Napolitano, cover artist Dan Mora.

Final Score: 7.5/10

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