Just when everyone is ready to thoroughly despise Kadir, Remander switches the viewpoint–and without any prior indication of the switch, reminding everyone how similar some of these people are and how flawed every one of the travelers are: There are no pure heroes and no pure villains. Each character has reasons for his or her choices, and each has moments of knowing that those decisions have not been right.
Last issue’s “idyll” is over now. As is usual with Black Science, there is a lot of fighting: Fighting with one another, fighting with the aliens they have disturbed, fighting with the time limits on the pillar, and with the unfamiliar settings they find themselves in. Black Science remains a violent book as well as a gripping one.
Scalera and White continue to create truly alien environments. There is a barely-recognizable nursery In this issue, an oversized laboratory, two new alien species, all drawn in the pulp-influences style introduced in Black Science #1. As for framing and panel work—take a look at that first image in the sample page. Also take a look at the lab on page 18. Visually, this is one of the best books out now.
This may be the final issue in volume one of Black Science, but as for an ending: Can you say “cliffhanger”? It’s a good thing the series starts again in July.
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Matteo Scalera
Color: Dean White
Letters: Rus Wooton
Cover By: Matteo Scalera