Black Science Godworld by Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, and Moreno Dinsio is beautiful – in story and in art. Each character has a unique look that is angular, yet soft. Half the time I couldn’t tell if this was digital art or not. The brush strokes are plentiful and precise; colors are vibrant and full (a thin white line is used as a tool to make them pop). The lighting along with an excellent use of frames and angles urges you to feel the pain, sorrow, losses, and victories of Dr. Grant McKay. Then, when you start reading, you realize that Black Science is much more then your average SF comic. Let’s just say that you should probably have some tissues ready…
Black Science Godworld begins with Dr. Grant McKay and his traveling companion, and they make their way through what appears to be a market. McKay is trying to repair a pillar – a “device capable of punching through the barriers of reality and travel to alternate dimensions.” A flashback to Dr. Grant McKay’s childhood has him walk in on his mom sleeping with a stranger…
Dr. McKay’s mother warns that if he tells anyone this secret, the Goongaloonga will come and destroy their family. Issue #1 ends with Grant McKay and his brother jumping through a portal. With his memory now intact and his brother by his side, it’s time to delve deeper in the heart of Godworld.
Issue #2 begins with two brothers reconnecting over a beer. The night’s entertainment begins with a puppet show about a family that’s falling apart. Soon the line between the performance and reality begin to fade, and we find ourselves once again peering into Grant’s past. Grant McKay and his brother are looking through the window of their barn. Ever the rebellious one, Grant enters the barn to find his father with a gun in his mouth. Amid tears and hugs it’s revealed that Grant’s mom was having an affair. This issue starts to unpack a lot of emotion and it continues in issue #3.
Issue #3 was a little hard to get through. My sister and I dealt with a pretty shitty step-mom. A lot of what Grant faces in this issue resonates pretty closely with what we dealt with. I don’t want to spoil too much because it’s so worth reading and feeling through.
Issues #4-5 is a lot more action oriented then 1-3 but you also get to see a lot more of the creative side of the Black Science world, including the giant millipedes that are in a religious cult. Godworld ends with issue #5 but the story of Dr. Grant McKay continues in Black Science #22.
I absolutely recommend this for all comic lovers and art lovers. It’s moving and stunning with emotion all wrapped up in a terrific SF story.
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