January 22, 2022

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Comic Review: Black Science Volume 2

The lost expedition gets more lost and maybe gets some answers as new enemies appear in the continuation of the Image series.

I seem to be going back to series I haven’t touched in over a year lately.  Fortunately, despite last looking into Black Science in 2016, I was able to remember how the series had gone up to the point the next book started without too much trouble.

I mean, it’s a series where people get lost in the multiverse of “the onion”.  What’s not to get?  Anyhoo, the second volume, subtitled Welcome, Nowhere, keeps things moving.

The group has some more problems, and writer Rick Remender and artist Matteo Scalera jump right into the mix as some members of the group, most notably the two McKay kids, are about to be sacrificed or eaten or something by some creatures speaking a language they don’t know.  How did they get caught?  I don’t know.  That happened between issues from the looks of things, but then we see the group dynamics have changed, as one particularly weaselly member of the group is now a lot more heroic.  With the mysterious high tech Shaman finally speaking and giving the series its title, we learn more about the whole “pillar” thing.  While the original characters don’t have control over theirs, other pillars work just fine.  And there are groups looking to get a working one, like the millipede people who see killing anything and everything as a holy order.

And then there’s still the question of Grant McKay, and how many of them there might be, floating around the “onion”.

I like this series, but I still think that many of the characters aren’t as well defined as I would like,  It’s creative both visually and with the story, but it would have to be considering it involves jumping from one dimension to another on a regular basis.  I will probably get the third volume, but hopefully it won’t be in another two years.  8 out of 10 adopted ape children.  In the meantime, it’s fun enough but like a lot of Remender’s work, doesn’t strike me as a “must read”.

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