Written by Rick Remender
Art by Matteo Scalera and Dean White
Published by Image Comics
Ah, this is the comic book I’ve been waiting months for. Black Science has finally ended its hiatus, and it starts off with a bang and never lets up the pressure.
We’re thrown into a dimension of some kind of fish people who have plans to eat the “goblins” who have teleported into their midst. Kadir is our narrator this time, describing his childhood and the way that he was raised as he tries to save Shawn, Rebecca, Nate, and Pia. This dimension just doesn’t let up though, and even though he manages to rescue them from certain doom in some sort of coliseum, they wind up in a chase that splits the group up yet again.
First of all, and this will sound really dorky, but I’m really happy the Indian shaman makes an appearance again. It’s interesting to see him working with our heroes, seeing as how he has little choice in the matter, and I would love to see some perspective from him at some point. Beyond that, I like that the issue doesn’t waste any time throwing us right back into the action. There’s no time to mourn Grant’s death, except for Kadir, who is determined at all costs to honor the promise he made to Grant.
Now that we’re getting the narration from Kadir, we can pretty clearly see why he wanted the Pillar to fail: he actually saw it for the incredible danger that it was. This is where Remender’s strength as a writer is really shining, because he’s comfortable allowing all of his characters to be somewhat flawed. Kadir makes an interesting protagonist because he’s believably flawed, which is the same reason that Grant was interesting.
Shawn and the female characters really do need issues of their own sometime soon. I want to get inside Rebecca’s head a bit, to see what drew her to the project (and to Grant as well). Pia could also be an interesting character, given her understandable anger toward her father. Is she excited to be going on these insane adventures, or angry? Perhaps both emotions are there. All of these are interesting narrative questions that should be answered.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier this comic is back. There are lots of new directions to explore and it hasn’t lost any of its momentum from the first arc. Cheers to Remender for keeping up one of my favorite titles.