Grant McKay’s impossible journey through the Eververse continues, but it’s the people around him that are cracking. As the second act of Rick Remender’s mind-boggling, sci-fi romp races toward completion, we have to ask, is it good?
Black Science #12 (Image Comics)
Grant has learned to focus his dimension-hopping a bit, leaving behind monkey slavedrivers en route to tracking down the universe that contains his children. The strength of McKay’s character is on display, as such a trek through hundreds of incomprehensible realities should drive a man to madness, whereas Grant opens the issue with an equanimity that allows him to cool tempers in a potentially deadly circumstance.
What follows is kind of a dual cat and mouse game, where some of our cast is pursued, while Grant discovers something about himself that will surely test his steady demeanor.
Yep, still recapping.
In addition to a lengthy recap page, four of the first five story pages also function as a way to get us up to speed on how the series protagonist found himself in a hostage negotiation situation with a murderous, alternate version of his wife. Despite all that, it’s still a little much to take in for someone not wholly initiated to Black Science, but I guess that’s typical Remender. If he can get away with 20-issue, tangled sagas like Uncanny X-Force in his corporate work, you have to expect the same or more from his creator-owned stuff.
I didn’t care for Remender’s partnership with artist Matteo Scalera on Secret Avengers, and there isn’t much to change that view here. There are some fireballs and explosions that bristle with vibrancy, but that lies more with new series colorist Moreno Dinisio. He has the most unenviable of all tasks, following Dean White on colors, and he does as well as any mortal can in such an unforgiving situation. Kind of like Grant McKay.
Dinisio steps up to the plate.
Is It Good?
Kind of? Remender tries valiantly to remember that “every comic is someone’s first,” but for better or worse, his writing is just too layered to be condensed. Some long-term readers might find that rewarding, others may instead long for virtue in simplicity.