Review: Black Science #12

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Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Matteo Scalera
Colours: Moreno Dinisio
Letters: Rus Wooton

Black Science is back!

After two months off, Black Science #12 has arrived with the beginning of a new arc. There has been triumph and tragedy along the road that leads deeper down the layers of The Onion.

In what is a very wise move, the book opens with a recap of the series so far. The book’s story is rich and not without its fair share of twists and turn. For a new reader it would be a little close to impossible to just pick it up and go with it. As single issues go Black Science #12 does a good job of bringing the reader back up to speed whilst introducing giving a time to flesh out the third incarnation of Grant’s back story.

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Even with the re-treading of the major plot points as a refresher, the rest of the narrative rattles along at a fair pace. It’s a book that requires your full attention. It’s not one that can be read with one eye on the book and one eye on something else, as plot points come thick and fast in the Eververse.

Whilst the plot blooms in terms of new threads, there is not much time for answering the lingering questions left unresolved from the previous arcs. Remender is at the top of his game at the moment and his sense of scope is magnificent but does it come at the expense of character development?

Sure, it could be said that the supporting cast have yet to really grasp me as much as Grant but I don’t feel that it is detracting from the title. The (multiple) universe building that is going on with each layer of The Onion that is peeled back is more than satisfying.

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Once again the titles art work deserves to be top billing with the writing. Matteo Scalera’s work is pitch perfect. His style is well suited to the narrative. It’s dark and gritty but never undefined. Black Science #12 also welcomes a new colourist in Moreno Dinisio who does an amicable job of taking over from Dean White. His colours bring a warmer tone to the book that we are maybe not used to but in no way is this an issue.

As jumping on points go, Black Science #12 does a good job of bringing the reader back up to speed. It is definitely a book I would recommend but I do think that if you are going to pick it up you should do yourself a favour and pick up the two trades that precede it. It is a title that has the most impact when you are knee-deep in its mythology.

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