Black Science (comics)
Black Science Vol. cover. Art by Matteo Scalera.
|Publication date||November 2013 – September 2019|
|No. of issues||43|
|Created by||Rick Remender|
|Written by||Rick Remender|
Black Science is a creator-owned science fiction American comic book series by Rick Remender and Italian artist Matteo Scalera. Image Comics released the first issue in November 2013. The story follows Grant McKay, an ex-member of the Anarchist Order of Scientists, and his team and family as they are thrown through dimensions as they try to repair his dimensional device, "the Pillar", created by forbidden, unethical means - the eponymous "Black Science". Via the Pillar, McKay and his fellow "Dimensionauts" were able to leap between worlds to find technological and medical advances for their own, but a member of Grant's team sabotages the pillar, causing it to jump to random locations at random times in increasingly lethal and hostile dimensions, forcing the team to try and return to their own dimension before they are killed by numerous hazards, ranging from parasitic fungi, nihilistic dimensional conquerors, and alternate versions of themselves.
The first several issues of Black Science sold out of first printings at the distributor level, and Image announced that certain issues would be reprinted.
Grant McKay, former member of The Anarchistic Order of Scientists, has finally done the impossible: He has deciphered Black Science and punched through the barriers of reality. Grant theorizes that each alternate reality of what he calls the "Eververse" is like an onion. Pierce into each and you discover a new dimension, one based an infinite variety of choices made by everyone everywhere. What lies at the center is perhaps the primal universe that started it all. What lies beyond the veil is not epiphany, however, but chaos. Now Grant and his team are lost; living ghosts shipwrecked on an infinite ocean of alien worlds, barreling through the long-forgotten, ancient, and unimaginable dark realms. The only way is forward.
- Chandra - Second in command to Kadir.
- Grant McKay - Member of the Anarchist League of Scientists, father of Nathan and Pia McKay.
- Kadir - Bankrolled the Pillar project, often at odds with head scientist Grant McKay.
- Nathan McKay - Grant McKay's son, stranded with him in another dimension after the sabotage of the Pillar.
- Pia McKay - Grant McKay's daughter, stranded with him in another dimension after the sabotage of the Pillar.
- Rebecca - Scientist who worked on The Pillar and began an affair with Grant McKay.
- Shawn - Junior scientist on the Pillar project for the Anarchistic Order of Scientists.
- Ward - Ex-military, now security officer for the Anarchistic Order of Scientists and Grant McKay.
|Title||Material collected||Publication date||ISBN|
|Black Science Vol. 1: How to Fall Forever||Black Science #1-6||May 2014||9781607069676|
|Black Science Vol. 2: Welcome, Nowhere||Black Science #7-11||Jan 2015||9781632150189|
|Black Science Vol. 3: Vanishing Pattern||Black Science #12-16||Aug 2015||9781632153951|
|Black Science Premiere Edition Vol. 1: The Beginner's Guide to Entropy||Black Science #1-16 plus bonus material||Feb 2016||9781632154934|
|Black Science Vol. 4: Godworld||Black Science #17-21||May 2016||9781632156860|
|Black Science Vol. 5: True Atonement||Black Science #22-25||Dec 2016||9781534300330|
|Black Science Vol. 6: Forbidden Realms and Hidden Truths||Black Science #26-30||Jul 2017||9781534301825|
|Black Science Premiere Edition Vol. 2: Transcendentalism||Black Science #17-30 plus bonus material||Dec 2017||9781534303447|
|Black Science Vol. 7: Extinction is the Rule||Black Science #31-34||Mar 2018||9781534304932|
|Black Science Premiere Remastered Edition Vol. 1: The Beginner's Guide to Entropy||Black Science #1-16 plus bonus material||May 2018||9781534307407|
|Black Science Vol. 8: Later Than You Think||Black Science #35-38||Oct 2018||9781534306943|
|Black Science Vol. 9: No Authority But Yourself||Black Science #39-43||Nov 2019||9781534312135|
|Black Science Premiere Edition Vol. 3: A Brief Moment of Clarity||Black Science #31-43 plus bonus material||June 2020||9781534315822|
- Black Science Preview, www.comicbookresources.com, 2 July 2013
- Aaron Long, Image Announces Second Printing for Black Science #4, www.comicosity.com, 3 April 2013
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