The Terrifics #5 (DC Comics)
By Doc Shaner, Jeff Lemire, Nathan Fairbairn & Tom Napolitano

From the first issue, everything about DC’s The Terrifics has been a delight. The concept behind the team is clever (thanks to the kind of energy accident that can only happen in comic books, the four heroes cannot go farther than a mile from one another), the characters feel true to themselves, and the story is pure fun. This issue, our four heroes each have to face an element of their past. Phantom Girl is lonesome for her home planet, Plastic Man tries to reconnect with someone he lost during his five years of “Egg Time,” Metamorpho wants to bring his past into the future, and an uncomfortable question makes Mr. Terrific evade something that’s clearly a sore subject.

What makes this issue stand out, though, is the way Doc Shaner and Jeff Lemire break it down visually. With four principles, pages are divided into quadrants, one for each of them. The four stories...