From the very beginning Black Science has taken it’s characters into some weird places. With the last story Godworld being one of the weirdest.
In Black Science #22, we see things start to get back to what feels like normal for this comic. Scientist and main character Grant McKay is no longer exploring the depths of his mind, and is now piloting an interdimensional space ship looking for his children. He has come to the conclusion that he was a crummy dad, and hopes to bring his family together in order to put together all the broken pieces of his relationships.
Written by Rick Remender, Black Science continues to be a great series, with hardly ever a bad issue. With Black Science #22, we kick off a new story arc that will be a must read for many fans of the series.
Despite being set in the world of science fiction, Grant is a relatable character and his desire to improve as a father feels very real. This is done through interactions with his daughter Pia. The two are reunited, but the tension is high as Pia expresses an intense disgust and distrust of her father. For Grant’s part his intention may appear to be good, but there is a bit of selfishness in them as well. This ability by Remender to highlight the very human nature of these characters shows his mastery at character creation and his strong storytelling.
Remender is also able to add lighter moments to offset the tension. For example, one of the funner scenes is when Grant drinks alien wine and he embarrasses himself and his daughter. What person hasn’t had a moment in their life where either they or their parents made an accidental ass out of themselves.
Artwise, Matteo Scalera is solid as always. His imagination really comes alive in this series. In particular this issue, he gets to combine the alien world building, which he so commonly does in this comic, with a little bit of fantasy thrown into the mix.
The planet that Pia has called home for the last three years is made up of a number of brightly colored humanoids. These humanoids live in a world of magic and fantasy. This is something Black Science has yet to explore and opens up a number of different storytelling possibilities.
It should be exciting to see what happens next visually as this story arc progresses.
Black Science #22 is another solid issue by Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera. We get to see some great character building, and we pick up with what Pia has been doing for the last three years while Grant was in the Godworld. Artwise the book looks great and the mixture of sci-fi and fantasy is definitely a bonus. Black Science #22 is a must own for any fan of the series.
- Beginning of a new story arc
- Grant and Pia’s strained relationship feels very real
- Art is a combo of sci-fi and fantasy