Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Matteo Scalera
When we last left Grant McKay and his band of not-so-merry Dimensionauts, they had just jumped to a dimension that resembled ancient Rome full of futuristic technology. An alternate-reality version of Grant’s wife Sara ran off into the city, causing Grant’s daughter Pia to chase after her. Pia is soon attacked by a mysterious officer who blames her for causing a plague that had wiped out nearly everyone in the city. This issue opens with a look into Grant’s past, and we see him and Sara having a heated argument over the lack of time he is spending with his family. It is a gut-wrenching look into Grant’s past and offers some heartbreaking insight into what life was like living with this man as he worked tirelessly to, in his opinion, save the world.
Back in “Rome,” Grant and Shawn discover that they have brought a terrible virus to this planet from jumping around the Eververse, and that they, too, are likely infected. To compound matters, a guard much like the one that attacked Pia in the last issue attacks them. Meanwhile, Sara and Pia are reunited, but their reunion is cut short by another attack.
If you haven’t been reading Black Science, the one thing you need to know is that it’s insane. Like, seriously insane. If this is the first issue you’ve picked up, I can’t imagine that you aren’t completely lost even if you did read the synopsis at the beginning (which has been a very welcome addition by the editors). However, Rick Remender has built a very complex, chaotic world, and this issue is actually fairly straightforward compared to many of its predecessors. The action is plentiful but easy to follow and the dialogue offers some much-needed insight into the characters, especially Pia.