Continuing my Rick Remender creator owned series kick, today I’m checking out Black Science. This series could not be more different than Deadly Class, but reveals the extent of Remender’s versatility. Joined by Matteo Scalera and Dean White, this series focuses on a group of individuals travelling randomly through the Eververse thanks to a device called The Pillar. Let’s take a look at the first volume of Black Science titled: How to Fall Forever.
Black Science chronicles the adventures of Grant McKay and the Anarchist League of Scientists. McKay, an anti-authoritarian genius, created a machine known as The Pillar whose purpose was to traverse the Eververse, a sphere of existence that consists of all possible worlds arising from all possible choices that ever could have been made. McKay created this machine for the purpose of finding solutions to humanity’s ills: imagine the ability to find a plane of existence where all diseases have been eliminated, or another with unlimited food production. Regrettably, the Pillar itself was sabotaged, and as a result the team is jumping at random intervals from location to location; while some of them are ostensibly safe, most are full of wild perils. And Grant’s own team also has its own share of struggles, as old rivalries and hatreds threaten to tear them apart from within.
There’s one word that immediately comes to mind when I think of Black Science: floored. From the story, to the dialogue, to the artwork, to the character work, to the wild worlds the team visits, every aspect of this comic is a feast for the discerning reader. From page one, the creative team builds an astounding universe radiating energy and emotion. Scalera and White’s artwork is gorgeous, and the duo craft some of the strangest (and coolest) locales and creatures one can imagine. It’s especially interesting to note that White uses painting as a method for coloring Scalera’s art, and the fusion is beautiful to behold.
Black Science possesses a compelling plot with great characters as well. From the conflicted scientist Grant McKay, to the smug businessman Kadir, to the tough soldier Ward, to the young genius Shawn, every character is multi-layered and fascinating. Each is given his or her own moment and shine, revealing multifaceted individuals who behave realistically. It’s difficult to know who to root for, but I guarantee you’ll find someone to identify with. The series also deals with complex themes, such as betrayal, opposition to authority, and loyalty; there’s really quite a lot of philosophy wrapped up in this science-fiction-thriller package.
Without a doubt, Black Science is one of the most amazing comics on the market today. It’s a comic that presents a multiverse of endless possibilities, and that is always highly appealing to fans such as myself. I highly recommend it for fans of science fiction and multifaceted narratives. My only regret is, because of the nature of the Pillar’s jumps, we don’t get to see any individual world for more than an issue or two. Nevertheless, this series deserves the high praise heaped upon it, and I strongly encourage you to pick up the series today.
-gripping, emotionally moving story
-intriguing character work
-we see very little of each individual world, and they’re all so interesting!
Brett Simon is a twenty-four year old comic enthusiast. He’s also a scientist!
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