Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Ivan Reis
Inks by Joe Prado
Mr. Terrific has decided to see the head of Stagg Industries about an urgent matter. There are few pleasantries between he and the man’s guard due to the fact that the events of Dark Nights Metal kept Terrific away and Stagg took his company out from under him. Simon Stagg is using one of Terrific’s experiments to open a portal to the Dark Multiverse and when confronted with his failure to be able to close the portal, he concedes that he needs help.
We get our first look at Metamorpho as he is strapped to the machine and being used to open the portal. Holt calls in help as he tries to reason with Rex, who has turned into a being made of Nth Metal and made him super aggressive. As the three of them are pulled into the portal, Plastic Man wakes up in time to employ an unorthodox means of protecting his fellow heroes and Terrific seeks answers from Metamorpho. As they continue to float through the Dark Multiverse, Holt picks up a life sign below them. As they make their way to land and begin to investigate the signal through Holt’s T-Spheres, Rex realizes that they are not on an abandoned planetoid.
After being attacked by creatures, the heroes find themselves in the presence of a young lady who has been unable to leave or find a way home. She leads them to a device that contains a message from a familiar face and a new mission.
This is a pretty straight-forward first issue. It hits all the marks that it should with establishing characters, conflicts and the overall mission and it’s done really well. Lemire does a great job crafting the narrative and keeping the pace moving without useless exposition. Everything serves the story and it works. Reis’ art is fantastic and everything has such rich detail that the eye lingers to take everything in. It should be interesting to see where this story goes and how the upcoming issues connect to Metal.