writer: Rick Remender / artist: Matteo Scalera
I’m pretty sure that I’ve said this before, but the best way I can describe Black Science is kinetic. Even in the few quiet moments of the book, it feels like it is only a brief pause before the next action set piece. To clarify, this is a compliment as I’m not sure there are more “exciting” books on the shelves than Black Science that somehow doesn’t suffer from pacing issues because of it. The only draw back for this specific issue is the amount going on at that same breakneck pace makes it feel a bit crowded.
Your enjoyment of this issue is heavily dependent upon how you’ve enjoyed this arc as its the culmination of all the previous story telling. While the arc has been good, very good, it hasn’t quite reached the heights of the first one. Which I suppose is a good problem to have. The resolution of this arc ends with a lot of important pieces to the Pillar changing hands, at least one Grant McKay too many and an ultimate destination for the next arc. Regardless of what it may have left on the table from the first arc, this book has about as much potential as anything out there to be incredible.
Black Science filled this issue to the brim, but all the parts seem important and even with so much happening, it all feels efficient and necessary. As I imagine we’ll get a small hiatus before #12 drops, now might be a great time to catch up on this book if you aren’t already.