This beautiful hardcover collects issues 1-16 of the Black Science comic book series.
You may remember I reviewed a collected edition of Black Science encompassing issues 1-6 back in 2014. At the time, I loved the art, I loved the concept, I loved the colors, I just didn’t love the characters – I never felt connected or invested. If you’re unfamiliar with the book, rogue scientist and terrible father Grant McKay creates a machine called “The Pillar” which allows travel between planes of reality. The machine activates unexpectedly, though, and Grant, his team, his two children, and two corporate malcontents are taken on an unexpected,and possibly fatal, trip through realities.
I do have to say that this edition, which I got for free through Amazon Vine, included 10 more issues than I’d read before. I must admit that it introduces an entirely new concept, one that is absolutely riveting. Somewhere between issues 6 and 16, Remender moves beyond simple interdimensional travel and delves into string theory, parallel dimensions, and even multiple versions of people destined to repeat cycle after cycle. It adds a layer of depth to both the story and characters that I didn’t pick up on in the first 6 issues.
The book itself is gorgeously produced. It’s over-sized which amplifies the already magnificent art. It’s got great weight, and the hardcovers are solid and resilient. The back of the book includes alternate covers from the single issues, sketches and designs, and actual scripts.
With a $49.99 cover price, I imagine you’ll need to be a huge fan of the book or the creators to purchase on your own. However, this could make a great gift for the serious comic book fan in your life or the science fiction aficionado. It will definitely be considered an appreciated luxury item by book lovers.