THE TERRIFICS #1
Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Marcello Maiolo, and Tom Napolitano
Published by: DC Comics
What it’s about…
Bound together by fate, united by the spirit of exploration and hope for tomorrow, the Terrifics bound from the Dark Multiverse of METAL!
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?
What I thought about it…
Meet The Terrifics – Metamorpho, Mister Terrific, Phantom Girl, Plastic Man, and (possibly) Tom Strong!
DC had me at Tom Strong to ne honest. I’ve been a fan of the character since Alan Moore launched the ABC imprint almost 20 years ago, and I can’t wait to see Tom interact with the other members of this team.
As for The Terrifics #1, this comic is an excellent introduction to this characters. Whether you’ve been reading comics for years, or just starting to, The Terrifics is easily accessible to all readers. In issue #1, this unlikely group comes together when Rex “Metamorpho” Mason, is trapped in a portal thanks to Simon Stagg, dad of Metamorpho’s lady-love, Sapphire Stagg. To close the portal and to save Rex, the Staggs bring in Mister Terrific to help. But he can’t do it alone, and that where Plastic Man enters the fun.
Even though there isn’t a lot of character development in The Terrifics #1, Jeff Lemire’s script keeps things moving at a brisk and exciting pace. For now, Lemire has told us what we need to know, nothing more. I’m okay with that, because it keeps some of the mystery intact, and I’m sure Lemire will explore the character more in other issues.
But it’s not all drama, there are still plenty of laughs in this comic. Not surprisingly, most come courtesy of Plastic Man, like when he protects Metamorpho and Mister Terrific by putting them in his mouth. I know it sounds strange, but you need to see it to believe it.
In the art department, Ivan Reis delivered some of his best stuff in The Terrifics #1. This book is filled with gorgeous art, with great shadow work and lighting effects, as the character explore this strange place. I was particularly happy with Reis’ take on Tom Strong and Phantom Girl. The sad part is Ivan Reis probably won’t be on the book long, since he’s working on the Brian Michael Bendis Superman run soon.
With the Terrifics #1, Ivan Reis and Jeff Lemire have launched an exciting and fun new series that brought me to a time when most comic books were fun. This book has a huge amount of potential, and so far, I’m loving what I’m seeing.
The Terrifics #1 score: A+