BLACK SCIENCE #6
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Matteo Scalera, Dean White
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: April 30, 2014
I mean crazy in the best way possible as, even six issues in, you cannot predict what the hell is coming next. Black Science is, quite possibly, the most dynamic comic in the industry and Rick Remender is not pulling any punches. There are several points in this issue that will have you saying “did they just?” “what the hell?” “SERIOUSLY?” and you’ll be cursing the creative team when you hit the final page because you will crave more. Remender’s no-holds-barred approach to this story is extremely effective, and his brash dialogue is perfect for the situations he has put these characters in. This is an abstract concept in this series, and Remender does not hold back in the final issue of this arc. The pacing is as frantic as ever, and as the stress level rises Remender writes these characters so well that you can’t help but shift to the edge of your seat. These characters showcase emotions as raw nerves, exposed and showing people at their best, worst and everything in between. What I found fascinating about this issue, and the series as a whole, is that I’m not sure I actually like any of the primary characters. Similar to Mad Men, Remender writes flawed characters so well that you can’t help but read them, whether you hate them or not, because he writes them so damn well. The unpredictability of their situation and the emotional states of the characters themselves has built a situation where readers will be excited with every single page flip, excited and unnerved at what may be coming next. This is a thriller in its purest form, blending with insane sci-fi and raw human emotion to create one of the most compelling comic books of 2014. Remender’s writing has never been stronger than it is in this issue, and series as a whole.
Perfectly balancing the writing of Rick Remender is the exceptionally talented team of Matteo Scalera and Dean White. Scalera and White work together to create a visually astounding world that is engrossing and original with every jump the Pillar makes. The world building accomplished by this team is phenomenal and the amount of emotion they imbue characters with is phenomenal. The characters in this comic endure an immense amount of hardship in an unpredictable world and this team tells their story beautifully. Their artwork has an odd sense of grace amidst the calamity, rendering baffling situations with beautiful precision. Scalera and White are putting on a master’s class in storytelling in this series and are building a body of work here that will be spoken of for many years to come. The visuals in this comic are stunning, captivating, engrossing and amazing.
Black Science #6 is an example of how dynamic and energetic creator-owned comics can be. Remender, Scalera and White are doing amazing things in this series and issue #6 seals the arc with an amazing final set of pages. This creative team is building something very special, and I highly urge any readers who haven’t jumped on board to use the hiatus until July to do so. This is one of the most creative comics in the industry, from a story and visual perspective, and I cannot recommend it more.
The Verdict: 10/10