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Review – The Terrifics #1 (DC Comics)

The Adventure Begins in The Terrifics #1

The events of Metal continue to reverberate throughout the DC Universe. When a portal is opened to the Dark Multiverse Mr. Terrific goes to investigate. Things go from bad to worse and now Mr. Terrific, Plastic Man, Metamorpho, and Phantom Girl have to save the Universe! The mystery and adventure begin in The Terrifics #1 as our ragtag group of heroes must learn to work together if they are going to survive exploring the dark multiverse.

Writing

Terrifics #1 cover by Ivan Reis
Terrifics #1 cover by Ivan Reis

Ivan Reis and Jeff Lemire write a strong #1 issue in The Terrifics #1. Now I am not super familiar with any of the lead characters in this series. I know them, but I have never followed or been super interested in any of them. I will say I was a little lost with some of the characters and some plot points (I am not following DC’s event series Metal either).  Overall, the writing team did a good job of making The Terrifics #1 easy to jump in on even if you are not following the Metal series.

The story sets up the series for a lot of fun. The characters are easy to latch onto and are very well written. The Terrifics #1 looks like it is going to be a fun adventure/superhero comic. I have heard people calling it DC’s Fantastic Four and after reading it does have that vibe to it. The final page really gets the story started and definitely has me on board for at least another issue.

Art

Joe Prado does some superb artwork in The Terrifics #1. He does some really tight inking throughout the issue and it adds great details to the characters. He has a wonderful two-page spread that has some fantastic details and the perspective of Plastic Mans stretching head is lovely. Prado does a superb job with the comedic aspects of Plastic Mans character; he nails the odd/goofy facial expressions to a T.  Marcelo Maiolo (colors) gives The Terrifics a little darker tone to the series which helps balance the series tremendously. There is a lot of fun stuff going on in this first issue, but Miaolo’s colors help keep it serious at the same time.

Conclusion

Overall I enjoyed The Terrifics #1.  It set up the series well while still being a fun first issue. This group of characters is definitely an odd bunch and you couldn’t ask for a better writer than Jeff Lemire (see Blackhammer) and Ivan Reis to handle them. Joe Prado delivers some beautiful artwork throughout the issue while Marcelo Maiolo colors keep a serious tone about the book. The creative team does a great job of balancing comedy, mystery, and adventure.  The Terrifics are ready for an adventure in the Darkmultiverse.  But the real question is, is the Darkmultiverse ready for The Terrifics?


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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