Black Science #25

Black Science #25

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

Black Science #25 is a grim issue as Grant lies in prison while his wife is fed lies and his daughter is threatened to keep her secrets. Meanwhile Kadir gets all the rewards, even though happiness still alludes him. There is a little bit of action in the issue, and some dark humor, but it’s buried in a lot of misery.

The issue opens with Grant in his jail cell. Alone, helpless and without hope. We get a glimpse of the outside world, one that isn’t much brighter. Underneath the new technology lies a world where evil men hold power. In this world, with a bit more freedom than her dad, Pia suffers with obnoxious customers, a drug addled mom, and a replacement father who forces her to accept the lie that she was kidnapped and her real dad is a murderer. It’s interesting because in a way she is just as much a prisoner as her father, yet in the confines of her prison are all mental whereas her dad is confined physically and is mentally free. More or less.

With so much bleak, grimness, the comic offers one moment of respite as a team travels back from another dimension with their prize. It’s a cute looking little pet. Unfortunately for them, the pet isn’t what it seems and it leads to chaos and death. It’s dark humor, but when the bad guys are the victims, it’s a little easier to laugh. That said, hopefully the next issue will offer a bit more hope for readers as this issue was borderline depressing. It’s a compelling story with good characters and dialog, but you have to have some hope to keep you going.

The visuals in this issue are great. While the environments are a bit more limiting than strange, exotic dimensions, the artists still find some room to have some fun. Most of that kicks in with cute pet that turns out to be a demon monster. However, the artwork does a great job at underlying the grimness of the story and showing off the sadness of the characters. There some unique shots of the characters with ink splattered white backgrounds, driving home the focus. There’s the violent series of panels at the end that drive home the despair. Yet even in the throwaway panels that simply provide transition for the story, the artwork brings the world to life, giving readers a glimpse of where this story is taking place and what things are like. The visuals add a lot to what is not said, thus complementing the story perfectly.

While this is a dark issue, it’s still a good one. With strong storytelling and good artwork, I give Black Science #25 a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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