Black Science #23

Black Science #23

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Matteo Scalera
Colorist: Moreno Dinisio
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Cover Artists: Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio

Discovering a new, worthwhile comic can be difficult. Plunging in at issue #23 can be just as daunting. Yet Black Science #23 has just the right amount of wit, fun and intrigue to make you bite the hook. Will it all make sense to you? No…but there is enough story there to keep you from getting lost, and there’s enough entertainment to drive you on. Best of all, this little issue fires up the imagination and strikes the magic spark of interest. It definitely caught my attention.

First off, as with any comic, I look at the artwork. Even the most beautifully written comic will suffer an uphill battle if the art is horrendous. This issue benefits greatly from the artistic style of Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio. Together they craft panels that tell the story and plunge the reader in beyond the limits of the written word. From the emotions of the character’s faces to the mood of the scenery, they conjure up that extra element of storytelling that makes the whole experience submersive. It’s not a realistic style, but they also don’t skimp on the details. Instead, it’s a wonderful blend of cartoony animation with intriguing character. It’s a very appealing style. Combined with the colors, the artwork comes alive and keeps you locked into each panel.

Then there’s Rick Remender’s writing. Now this is the first time I’ve ever been exposed to his work, and I have to give him credit for writing some excellent dialog. It’s very modern and witty. Now if this were an old, medieval tale, it might not work, but this is a far flung fantasy story mixing together futuristic science and bizarre fantastical magic. In that kind of setting where anything and everything can happen, it works perfectly. Through this issue, at least to a new reader like me, you’re introduced to a father seeking to right his wrongs and mend his relationship with his daughter. After screwing things up, he’s set himself on a quest that will make everything right. At least he hopes it will. Alas he’s a very unlucky sort and he’s put himself on a path leading into a dark, evil wood inhabited by a powerful witch. Success is pretty iffy considering he falls off his horse in the first comic pages of the comic.

Now being a new reader and diving into this series so late in the game, I’m in sort of a unique position. Can readers dive into this issue and enjoy the series? Well, you can certainly dive into this issue and enjoy it. The little bits of story that are revealed all caught my interesting and have motivated me to seek out more of it. It’s a wild premise combining fantasy and sci-fi, adventure and humor. With enjoyable artwork and good writing, I give this issue a five out of five and I’m looking forward to reading more. If you’re like me and haven’t been reading this series, give it a try. It’s worth checking out.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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