Review – Black Science #19 (Image Comics)

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Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Rick Remender
Artwork: Matteo Scalera, Moreno Dinisio
Release Date: 6th January, 2016

The latest ‘Godworld’ arc of Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera’s Black Science has taken the surrealist sci-fi nature of the series to a whole new level as Grant continues to battle against his own subconscious in a desperate attempt to break free from the shackles of his past.  In the process however, we’ve learned a lot more about the childhood and upbringing of the man who created the Pillar Project, and in doing so have forged a far stronger bond with him.

This latest issues focuses more on young Grant’s relationship with his father, as his creeping sense of guilt and abandonment seems destined to lock him in the amnesiac Godworld forever.  This is truly stellar stuff from Remender, and his gradual character development continues to heap layer upon layer of depth and emotion onto this already intriguing character.

While this isn’t anything even vaguely resembling a jumping-on point for new readers, it does serve as a shining example of the sheer inventiveness on display by the team of Remender and Scalera.  Once again, the visual partnership of Scalera and colourist Moreno Dinisio combine to create a truly jaw-dropping aesthetic, transitioning seamlessly from an everyday Earth environment to the lightning-streaked cliffs of the Godworld to… well… something else entirely, with a double-page spread that hits you like an almost tangible wall of colour.  Once again, it bears mentioning that this is undoubtedly one of the best-looking comics available today, and that the art would pretty much be worth the cover price alone.

The final pages provide some fist-pumping elation, something that has been long since missing from the series, and give the story a surging sense of momentum as we move into the second half of the arc.  That said, if the previous eighteen issues have taught us nothing else, it’s that it’s unwise for us to let our guard down for a second for risk of receiving a solid knee right in the feels from the co-creators.

Black Science continues to cement its reputation as one of the finest comics on the shelves today, providing a surrealist, genre-defying science fiction opus wrapped around a handful of utterly compelling characters.  This isn’t the time to jump into the series, but I highly recommending grabbing the first three trades as soon as humanly possible and getting on board with this one.  Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Rating: 5/5.

The writer of this piece was: 576682_510764502303144_947146289_nCraig Neilson-Adams (aka Ceej)
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