Black Science #24
Black Science #24
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Matteo Scalera
Colorist: Moreno Dinisio
Letterer: Rus Wooton
A lot happens in Black Science #24 as a rescue turns into a nightmare. Scientist Grant McKay gives up his greatest talent in order to save his daughter from a notorious mind-witch. However, without his intelligence, his bad luck runs unchecked and leaves him defenseless. By bringing his daughter home, he unwittingly invites her into more danger than the alien world they escaped from. Heck, they were probably better off never going home. Nevertheless, the story plunges on and this issue gives readers a whole new host of worries as our characters are thrust into peril.
When we left off in the previous issue, the mind-witch offered to make a trade with McKay. If he sacrificed his intellect, he would get the oxen heart. With the heart, his daughter could be redeemed with her husband to be. However, McKay’s intellect is his one skill. Without it, he’s just as the witch proclaimed…average in every way. Being average might be okay for normal people, but in the mess McKay has brought forth, he can’t exactly afford to be average. Especially when the well being of his loved ones are on the line.
Regardless, McKay makes the trade and the witch keeps her bargain. They return to the city and are met in celebration as they hand over the oxen heart which can make everything right. McKay then decides to leave, but not before his daughter decides to come with him. It would seem that all the damage done to their relationship has been magically repaired. With hopes set on high, McKay decides to go home. Alas, that is his second mistake. At home there is nothing but misery waiting for him and his daughter.
It’s a fun story with lots of surprises and a lot of plot details that are rather fascinating to a new reader such as myself. This being the second issue I’ve read so far, I’ve still got a lot of catching up to do. However, it’s not insurmountable to put together the pieces. It all adds to the intrigue, and the desire to go back and read all the issues that came before.
Adding to the story is the outstanding artwork by Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio. The linework and the coloring is just beautiful. Really, there’s some gorgeous panels in this issue. It manages to take a cartoony style and turn it into true artwork via the wonderful application of color, style and detail. The detail and coloring adds a vast richness to the illustrations which elevates it beyond the cartoony depictions. The end result is a great style.
With a fun story that dangles a lot of trepidation at the end, and some spectacular visuals, Black Science #24 earns a five out of five metal bikinis. It’s definitely an issue worth checking out and a series worth investing in. Give it a try, I highly recommend it.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.