Writer: Rick Remender
Artists: Matteo Scalera and Dean White
Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera bring us another wild installment of “Black Science,” one of the craziest and most interesting comic series I’ve ever read. I’ll admit the series slowed down for me a little bit after Grant’s death because I felt like this comic was his story, and without him the rest of the characters seemed to just flounder about. But with this latest issue, we got a lot of action and the introduction of a few new characters that will change up the team dynamic. Plus, the side characters (namely Grant’s kids, Kadir, and the techno-Native American shaman) are starting to get more development and becoming characters I care about. Remender once again stuns me with his incredible storytelling in this issue, and Scalera gives life to each of the wild and bizarre creatures the group encounters.
Without giving too much away, this issue focuses mostly on Grant’s children, Pia and Nate, as they discuss their differing opinions on their father. Pia, who has always had a negative opinion of her late father, thinks that they are better off without him as all he ever did was cause his family strife, while Nate continues to idolize the memory of his father and sees him as a great man who did all he did to take care of the ones he loved. As usual dialogue drives the narrative, which isn’t a problem at all considering Rememder is our writer.
Since this issue takes place in the same universe the group has been stranded in for a while we don’t get to see anything too new in the art department, which was slightly disappointing, but there is a battle in this issue that allows Scalera to create some really awesome panels of combat. And with the crazy ending to this issue, I know that “Black Science #12” will bring us something awesome.