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Black Science #1 Review


Here's your ticket to a brand new world with action and twists you won't see coming.

The Good

When BLACK SCIENCE was first announced, there was a lot of expectation out of this series. Rick Remender has quite the track record so it would be easy to expect or perhaps even demand his new creator-owned series should be awesome. We are comic book readers and having huge expectations isn't anything new.

The good news is, this book was pretty mind-blowing.

It has to be said the very first thing you'll notice is the color and art. Talk about "mind-blowing." Wait until you see the first page. Dean White's colors are amazing. Throughout the issue, you'll find yourself pausing just to take in the colors. Of course the art is a thing of beauty as well. Matteo Scalera is tasked to create a new world with new characters and species. We're thrown right into the action and you'll definitely want to know know more about this world from what we get to see.

What about the story?

Rick Remender introduces us to Grant McKay. It's not a full immediate introduction and that's part of the fun. Grant was a member of the Anarchistic Order of Scientists and is in a seriously deadly situation. As things progress, we get to find out more and more about it. I hate to make the comparison but I see him as a sort of Reed Richards-type character (without super-powers), with a more realistic touch. Grant's character has a more human feel to him as he is more than capable of making mistakes as well as doing amazing feats.

As we get a taste of what Grant is capable of and the places he may be going to, you can't help but want to know more. First issues usually have the task of introducing readers to the backstory of all the characters and the world they inhabit. Remender doesn't take things slowly. There is a frenetic pace to the story but at no times do you feel overwhelmed. Reading this first issue was like going to a fancy restaurant and eating an incredible appetizer. It's so good but you know there's something even bigger coming. I liked it so much, I read it again immediately afterwards.

The Bad

There's nothing to complain about. This is a fresh new series that makes you happy to be reading something "new."

The Verdict

If you had high hopes for Rick Remender's new series, BLACK SCIENCE, you are in luck. We get a pretty amazing introduction to a new world of characters in a fast-paced, action-filled story. Forget those normal "first issues" where things slow to a crawl as we meet all the characters. Remender throws us straight into the action and throughout the story, you get a taste of what the main character, Grant McKay is about and capable of. Matteo Scalera's art and Dean White's colors are enough to make you wonder what you did to deserve such a treat. I'm not quite sure where the series is going to go after the first issue but I am perfectly content to be able to dive into a new series and just experience the story as it happens. Give this one a try.

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Edited By LeonardoTMNT

First grade was hard for me.

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Posted By Mucklefluga

Can't wait to read this, looks fantastic.

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Posted By AllStarSuperman

@tim_drake4444: dang you!

On Topic: I was wondering about getting this series, but for money reasons i'd better not. I might trade wait if I hear its good.

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Posted By kilomac29

I've heard so much about this series that I thought it was already out. Glad to see it wasn't all hype. I would have picked up this book based on the creative team alone, but the review sold it.

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Posted By CaptainHoopla

I didn't read the review yet (I prefer to read my books before any reviews), but I can't wait for this. I added this to my pull list back when it was first announced.

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Edited By PeppeyHare

Can't wait to pick this up

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Posted By stevencarver_

I am so unbelievably stoked about this. I've been a fan of Remender since I purchased the Uncanny Avengers trades and his Captain America, so yeah, it's perfect.

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Posted By gor724

It sounds like a racist sitcom that Chuck Lorre would make

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Posted By longbowhunter

I put this on my pull list back when it was first announced. Probably my most anticipated book tommorow.

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Posted By Fenderxx

.... so many good books coming out wednesday ..... but .. .must ... get this

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Posted By E1000

"Dean White's colors are amazing."

well, yeah, this guy is good, he even made JRJR art look great in ASM !

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Posted By Jimmie_Hudson_

i honestly think deadly class will be better.

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Posted By Shallbecomeabattoo

Oh yeah, looking forward to this one! I really hope its a spiritual successor to Fear Agent.

Oh and Dean White!!! Man, what a colorist! He made Uncanny X-Force so much better than it already was! Same goes for Captain America! Love his style! All those greens and purples. Wow.

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Posted By tparks

Really want to buy this, but also need to cut back on comics....

I wish I had self-control.

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Posted By HeckTate

Glad to see this was well-received it's one of those books I've been waiting for since I first saw the teasers.

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Posted By Stevens61310

Although I will pick this up when I get my pull list, I can't tell you the number of times a comic has come out and a reviewer has said "twists you won't see coming" and I have, well, seen them coming. In addition I have read several reviews with that phrasing and there are NO twists

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Posted By Onemoreposter

If this is half as good as fear agent, its going to be epic!

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Posted By Hanson724

Man, you weren't joking about those colors. Beautiful looking book! The story was really good too.

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Posted By KryptonSabbath

Our local comic book store only had one copy on their shelf, so I quickly snatched it up!

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Edited By CaptainHoopla

Man, this was seriously cool. I can't wait for the next issue. The possibilities of characters, creatures, worlds, etc. are endless with the dimension jumping. I'm really excited to see what this creative team cooks up. The art is stunningly amazing.

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Posted By MultipleMan

So its sliders on crack. Loved it.

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Posted By MideonNViscera

This was one of those comics that makes me wish all first issues were 100 pages.

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Posted By comicbookfan93

Wasn't so sure on this but the reviews have sold it to me

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Posted By MatteoPG

@e1000 said:

"Dean White's colors are amazing."

well, yeah, this guy is good, he even made JRJR art look great in ASM !

Oh snap!

... I agree though :)

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Edited By Fenderxx

Wow the art and colors really suck you in to this world !