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TerrorWar #5

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 3 critic ratings.

Held captive by Terrors, Muhammad’s mind and body are stretched to the breaking point. Meanwhile, Mae and the rest of the crew race to rescue their boss.

The sci-fi horror series by SALADIN AHMED and DAVE ACOSTA reaches a fever pitch!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
32 pages
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3 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 85


    Artist Dave Acosta delivers a great issue, filled with monsters pulled from people’s darkest nightmares. While the issue’s plot advances the story only so much, the visuals are more than enough reason to buy this comic.

  • 70


    By having that kind of directness from a visual standpoint, Ahmed’s narrative work got to resonate more acutely as well. We cut a lot of the world-building out for a chance to see who Muhammad is, and his connection to those aforementioned ideas as well as just being this very likable human that’s at the core of all this super madness. And in that way, it made this story feel very real for perhaps the first time, and take it from the realm of gimmicky sci-fi tale with solid aspirations into a really human tale about how we’re all just getting by. And a resulting “twist,” as it were, involving Terrors opens up the story even more with these deeply personal explorations of politics and how we all are a part of great societal change.

    Do I think the rest of this book could keep up this tone and pace and really and truly deliver? Sure, especially because #5 was such a quiet but monumental victory for a book with a lot still going for it. That doesn’t mean anything is set in stone, but to reference that other Ahmed book, I’m feeling extra starry-eyed about this story’s chances.

  • 40

    The final sequence in Terrorwar #5 offers answers to many of the series’ central questions, including a possible origin for its premise. Those splash pages are some of the best in the entire series, although that contrast primarily means they competently convey a sense of scale and strange alternative forms of life. What leads to those last few pages suffers from the same plotting and pacing problems as the prior four issues. Characters spend much of the dialogue explaining their actions and motivations, even in the midst of fraught action sequences. There is a trickle of new information with little definition and the desperate motivations driving much of Muhammad’s crew is simply reiterated. That superficial approach to story and character makes the tragedies and mysteries summoned at the end far less alluring than they might be otherwise.

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