When we last saw the dimensionauts, they were in the middle of fixing the Pillar so they could go home, the shaman was determined to stop them from ever traveling again, Grant was risking being burned alive, and Kadir was facing an armed enemy about to kill him. Black Science #16 sees the story continue, but whether things are improving for the group is open to debate.
Rick Remender is telling the story of an obsessed group of people who were already stressed before things started to fall apart. Even with Grant’s current good intentions, matters are far from settled. The switch from flashback to present shows how some of the tensions and intentions run a long way back. Remender also makes it clear that nothing is really in the past, not the group’s actions on their earth, and not their actions since.
Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio are, as always, brilliant. The quirky angles and odd points of view increasingly reveal the characters’ personalities. Moreover, the pages are just plain good to look at with their brilliant coloring and unexpected scenes. They know when to tone it down, too, for flashbacks and quieter conversations (Not that there are many of the latter).
The combination between the sheer off-the-wall looniness of some of the world designs and the increasingly serious tone of the story keeps Black Science highly readable and one of the best comics around.
The sad thing? Black Science #16 is the end of an arc! We’ll have to wait until November 2015 to find out what happens next. On the other hand, that gives people who haven’t started this book a chance to get caught up.
Black Science #16 is out today from Image Comics.
Writer: Rick Remender
Artists: Matteo Scalera, Moreno Dinisio
Cover: Matteo Scalera, Moreno Dinisio
Letterer: Russ Wooton