No one escapes Element World! The Terrifics find themselves out of their, uh, element in a battle to save a town turned into elemental monsters. With Metamorpho and Mr. Terrific out of commission, Phantom Girl battles the Kingdom of Gas (insert joke here), while Plastic Man tries to survive the Domain of Rock by turning it up to 11. All this, and the source of the Terrifics’ terrible tragedies has one more masterstroke: Tom Strong must die!
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The panelling work in this issue by Joe Bennett continues off the same way that was started by Shaner in the past two issues. Each page is split into four with a quarter each for Mister Terrific, Phantom Girl, Plastic Man and Metamorpho. It’s a really well done concept as it allows each character to appear in equal footing on every page while also not missing out on pages from the perspective of each member. When two or more members of the team meet up, their panels combine in order to show they’re interacting as well as giving more room for the artist to work. The art by Bennett is pretty good overall but my only real problem with it is how monsterous Plastic Man looks when he’s changing shape — that’s mainly due to how Bennett has a style that works best on more realistic and grounded looking situations or monster/horror books.
The story by Lemire is great as usual, setting up that the events were concocted by the villainous Doctor Dread so he can get to MILLENNIUM CITY in order to get to TOM STRONG before the Terrifics can. I really, really, really enjoyed seeing the last page with the shot of Millennium City as I’ve been excited for Tom Strong to appear ever since he was announced to be a part of the series and now I honestly cannot wait until next month when we finally get to see him!