Black Science #9–The Training Wheels are off!

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Cover for Black Science 9Having accustomed everyone to the idea of alternative realities, Remender takes off the training wheels for Black Science #9. The issue includes dreams, flashbacks, and alternate versions of the team that the book has been following thus far—unless one or more is the original version; he is deliberately evasive about that in the letters column at the end. It is a complex, unpredictable tale demanding the reader’s full attention, and it is beautiful.

The team is still on the world from Black Science #8, the ones with the strange, insectoid beings obsessed with death. Nate and Pia are still separated from the group and trying to head back to the Pillar before it jumps, there is another group of humanoids on the planet, and the issue heads to at least one other reality before the end. Remender is trusting readers to follow along in this increasingly tangled story that is asking questions about morality, choices, and reality—all the big ones, in other words.

Scalera and White make these works of art, creating new and vibrant worlds. White’s coloring and brush strokes keep the issue lively. He points the direction of action, provides contrasts and shading, and gives the book a unique, acrylic painting look. The creature designs are marvels, clearly inspired by 1950’s science fiction and heading out from there. They are the sort of beings that would have people writing long essays about how an insect that size couldn’t possibly hold itself up, or the improbability of the transport, and they are exactly right for the story. How Scalera and White manage to keep this quality up book after book is a mystery.

Meanwhile, Rus Wooton is kept busy giving different races, time periods, and accents their own look. There is the relatively straightforward lettering for the travelers, the staggered writing for the dreams, an orderly typescript for the variant-world narration, and all the variations and changes needed for emphasis and tone of voice.

If you love complicated storylines, fifties pulp, and out-of-this-world art, pick up Black Science and get started!

Black Science #9 is available from Image Press.

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Matteo Scalera
Painted Art by: Dean White
Letters: Rus Wooton

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