If you didn’t already know, on Wednesdays (Aka New Comicbook Day) I work at Richmond Comix on Richmond’s South Side, where they are nice enough to give me a Pick of the Week! I post that pick on Instagram and Twitter, and then review that book/series here on Thursdays! Nick’s Pick this week is Black Science Issue #10, and this is a review of the series as a whole through the first 10 issues!
This is an Image book put together by Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force/Uncanny Avengers) and Matteo Scalera, and the first thing you need to know about this book is; it’s beautiful. It really is. Cover to cover on every issue, Matteo Scalera creates worlds that are lush and exotic. From the first issue you’re drawn into vibrant worlds that can only be described as brilliant. He really showcases the story in a way that makes it easy to become immersed.
The story is one that truly allows for an incredible amount of unpredictability. The premise lies somewhere between Lost in Space, Quantum Leap, and Sliders. The Multiverse is like an onion; you peel back one layer to reveal another and another and another. The main character, Grant McKay, has built a device called the ‘Pillar’ that jumps between these layers and allows him to visit parallel worlds. Some are very foreign with frogmen, some are mash-ups of various time periods in our own history with differing details, some hospitable and some very dangerous!
The series opens in dramatic fashion and we quickly learn the Pillar has transported Grant and several members of his science team, the head of security from his employer, one of the ‘suits’ that oversee the project, and his two children to another world for the first time. Danger, deception, and betrayal are all to be contended with as they simply try to survive! The Pillar has been damaged and now leaps to another uncharted world at the end of a varying countdown. They contend with injury, lack of resources, and internal group drama as they try to fix the Pillar and return home.
This book is non-stop action, that always leaves you wanting more! Beyond just pure action, the type of action ranges from explosions, to swords and laser hatchets, to high-tech and low tech firearms! The varying worlds provide so many different types of action that the book constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat! In addition to that plot twists are sprinkled in for that eye-popping moment in the action where the story takes on a completely new level!
This book is one of my favorites in the stack! I could talk about how awesome it is all day, but instead I recommend you go pick up the first trade collecting issues 1-6 and see for yourself! This is a comic in its own class, and each month I look for it in desperate need of a fix, and I always leave wanting more…the mark of a great book. A book with great story is fun, a book with great art is gorgeous, but a book that had both? It doesn’t get better than that!
Come back next week for more reviews, or check out some of the other stuff here at Blackhole-Comics.com!
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