REVIEW: 'Terrorwar' #2 by Saladin Ahmed, Dave Acosta, Jay Leisten, and Walter Pereyra



Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Dave Acosta, Jay Leisten, Walter Pereyra
Letters: Shawn Lee
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: May 24, 2023
Cover Price: $3.99

Muhammad and his squad of Terrorfighters have earned some downtime. Sure, a homicidal rival crew, armored cops, and a Terror made of living fire are in their way-but they're getting that drink, dammit!

Two-fisted sci-fi strangeness from Eisner winner SALADIN AHMED and horror star DAVE ACOSTA!

★★★1/2 (3.5/5)

'Terrowar' debuted with a lot of promise. It has a sense of coolness from its premise to the execution of action that energizes the futuristic dystopian genre. A team of Terrofighters that fight Terrors that manifest from people's fears is a unique way to introduce some creatively designed monsters and action sequences. In issue two, Saladin Ahmed relies a little too much on fighting alone as Muhammad's crew takes on their rivals. That's not to say it's a bad issue. It just doesn't have the same energy as the first issue as there's no build-up to the events and doesn't provide more character development. 

The issue is all about the two crews, one imposing themselves over the other because one is sanctioned and the other isn't. It sets the stage for a great battle but it's not long until another battle ensues. There isn't a lot of room for growth or advancement of the story beyond these crews. This amazing future world feels small when it should be explored and developed some more. 

The art is still stellar. Perhaps not as dynamic as the first issue because there's no visually arresting monster this time but the pacing and fight choreography still shine. Dave Acosta, Jay Leisten, and Walter Pereyra make an impressive team. 

'Terrowar' offers an exciting second issue but doesn't add more development for its characters or its remarkably designed world. Great action and emerging characters make it worth following still so issue three should determine the viability of the series going forward.