Comic Book Review – Black Science #34 (Image Comics)

Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. Then he reviews one every other week.

As it’s been a while since I bloviated about one of my favourite books, I figured I would use the excuse of the end of an arc to revisit Black Science with issue #34, the finale of ‘Extinction is the Rule’. Black Science is written by Rick Remender, with art by Matteo Scalera and colours by Moreno Dinisio, published by Image Comics.

Cover art by Scalera & Dinisio

The worlds are in chaos. Heroes, villains and monsters from every corner of the Eververse, every layer of the Onion, have converged on Grant McKay’s home reality. The pillar, the transdimensional technology that every version of him creates in every reality has torn everything apart, leading through a crusading hive mind intent on conquering everything, an evil witch who feeds off deals and has stolen Grant’s mind, and a version of his old team members Kadir and Chandra who burn each world they screw up before jumping to the next, partially fueled by Kadir’s obsession with Grant’s wife Sara. Every version of her. And now Grant needs to fix everything.

Short review: Black Science – Still great. Remender juggles a big cast of characters at this point, with everything from the past 34 issues coming to bear and war over reality. Yet while that all happens, he manages to find time to meditate on giving up (and when not to), fatherhood and blame, and the ultimate meaning behind everything. It remains a desperate, chaotic and hopeful book, despite being crushingly bleak.

 

Art by Scalera & Dinisio

Scalera as an artist an absolute beast. As Black Science continues to ramp up, the action gets more frenetic and he has more and more to incorporate into his unique style, and he never seems to miss a beat. This issue is packed full of magics, sci-fi weaponry and actual superheroics, along with huge battles, giant monsters and even more dimension hopping, and it all looks superb. Even the quieter moments that close out the issue and arc are handled with a deft heaviness and clarity. Dinisio’s colours make everything clear and distinct, with no two explosions or energy blasts looking the same, adding a richness to a world gone mad.

As ever, Black Science is still top of my reading pile whenever it comes out. While I’m sad that the end of this arc means that the book will go away for a few months, I can’t wait to see what happens next. If you still haven’t tried Black Science and this rambling ode to the sci-fi craziness sounds good, pick up the first trade paperback ‘How to Fall Forever’ here, which collects the first 6 issues. For this issue, make sure to pick it up at your local comic shop!

Score: 9.5 Toolboxes out of 10

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