Review by Rob Walton
Readers barely have a chance to catch their breath from the ending of How to Fall Forever before Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera and Dean White plunge them back into the chaos that is volume two. Welcome, Nowhere, ups the ante on shocks, surprises, and narrow escapes as the surviving dimensionauts have to somehow learn to trust each other long enough to survive the latest life-threatening situation.
Revelations continue unabated as Remender always remains a step ahead of his breakneck narrative, masterfully seeding character development and subplots together in a tapestry of excitement that is now building towards something special. The reader never doubts for a moment that Remender, Scalera and White aren’t in full control of the multiple storylines.
The individual characters continue to be sketched out in finer detail, revealing motives that are neither black nor white, complicating future outcomes that keep the reader guessing. Just when you think you’ve got a character figured out, Remender throws a monkey wrench into the works putting everything in doubt.
The art by Scalera and White continues to impress. Scalera’s action sequences are compelling and exciting, perfectly paced with the script’s demands. He breathes convincing life into the many worlds with their bizarre landscapes and inhabitants, fully realized through White’s painted art. The lettering of Rus Wooton also needs to be acknowledged. He’s designed a logo and font that beautifully compliments the art. It is easily readable without standing out from the page, while conveying the emotion required in the dialogue.
The climax builds directly from How to Fall Forever in both a deadly threat to the Eververse and a resolution by the dimensionauts. Remender lets us know this is all actually leading somewhere and only builds on the tension and anticipation for Vanishing Pattern.
Black Science is a series to follow for sturdy fans of science fiction and adventure who aren’t afraid to put their trust in creators at the top of their game. Aside from the obvious nods to both Fantastic Four and Lost In Space, there are heavy doses of Edgar Rice Burroughs throughout. Black Science, however, always remains its own special creation, springing from the past, but opening new ground for storytelling firmly rooted in the future.