The Terrifics #1Title: The Terrifics (2018-) #1
Publisher: DC
Words: Jeff Lemire
Pencils: Ivan Reis
Inks: Joe Prado
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo
Published: February 28th, 2018

Publisher’s Summary: Bound together by fate, united by the spirit of exploration and hope for tomorrow, the Terrifics bound from the Dark Multiverse of Meta! When Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl find themselves literally bound together by a tragic accident, our team of unlikely allies must rely on one another to make their way back home. But a startling revelation on their return trip brings them face to face with a new mystery: where in the universe is Tom Strong?

Review:

Much like television pilot episodes, first-issues have a lot of explaining to do and introductions to make; getting a new series off on the right foot requires some heavy lifting. If done properly, first-issues generate momentum and leave the creative team the room necessary to expand upon whatever it is that they’re looking to expand upon in later issues. With these qualities in mind, it’s safe to say that The Terrifics (2018-) #1 is a damn-good first-issue. In no time at all, the team is brought together, brief introductions are made, and there is a great deal of interest and excitement and momentum generated while also hinting at a healthy depth-of-story.

While The Terrifics may not have been specifically intended to appeal to long-time fans (I find this hard to believe), it certainly does, and in doing so, it may scare off more casual readers and comic book newcomers seeing as though there is a good deal of information that is delivered in a very short period of time. And regardless of knowing who Plastic Man and Phantom Girl are, having an understanding of what’s happening (or what has already happened) in the DN:M story, makes this book considerably more enjoyable. If reading and enjoying this series requires a certain amount of familiarity with DC events both old and new, I’m (just) okay with that, but if it requires a deeper understanding of DN:M, that doesn’t really work for me…and this is coming from a guy who’s up-to-date with nearly all of the current DC story-lines.

But that’s enough on the book’s accessibility. Overall, The Terrifics (2018-) #1 is a highly-entertaining book, created by some of DC’s best, that shows great promise and reads like a love letter to DC devotees.

The Bottom Line:

The Terrifics (2018-) #1 is a worthwhile read for long-time readers and relative newcomers who, at the very least, are up-to-date with what’s been going on in the Dark Nights: Metal story. The Terrifics (2018-) #1 isn’t nearly as accessible as the New Age of Heroes books but its pages are pure eye-candy, and with introductions made, Jeff Lemire will certainly take this series and run with it in typical Lemire fashion.

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