Black Science : How to Fall Forever Volume 1 Paperback
"A must-read for Remender's fans or anyone thrilled by bizarre and compelling sci-fi." (Starred Review - Booklist). "There is a lot of meat to this book. Plenty for everyone to like, or dislike. The dangers are real. People die. The world building is solid even though we're jumping through different realities.
Each of those worlds pops off the page and has their own distinct look and feel." (Kirkus). "This is a solid adventure tale...". (PW). 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.
But what lies beyond the veil is not epiphany, 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, through the madness of the lightning sea-swamp and a futurepast trenchworld, where the Sons of the Wakan Tech-Tanka wage never-ending war on the savages of Europe!
How did the Anarchist League of Scientists end up this deep in the onion? And, who among them sabotaged the Pillar?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 152 pages, chiefly Illustrations
- Publisher: Image Comics
- Publication Date: 10/06/2014
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781607069676
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Review by ElizaJane
I don't really have a lot to say about this, it was not as good as it sounded. It jumped all over the place and was confusing most of the time though it did all come together eventually and made sense. There was a lot of waxing profoundly at the end which got very annoying and I didn't connect with or even like any of the characters. On the otherhand, I did the art a great deal, a lot of dark lines and angular jaws, etc with an atmospheric colour palette.
Review by macha
okay, i guess, but not spectacular. both the circular writing and the illustrations make it difficult to differentiate between the characters. and nobody in the story is likable or even interesting, so it was difficult to make the effort to differentiate them. especially since their character tended to change with every iteration thrown up. the lead scientist is also unbelievably indifferent to the ethical and physical-universe implications of his time travel technology, while oddly focussed on berating himself for his purely personal failings. meanwhile the altworlds to which they travel are not very imaginative: all the aliens are variations on earth animals, every one of whom is trying to kill them. i get that the whole thing was based on Golden Age pulp SF, but the result here is more of a simplistic parody. and the abrupt shifts in the narrative as the Pillar jumps destabilize all the worlds don't really work as narrative - instead the suspicion arises that the rips-in-the-fabric-of-reality storylines were designed simply to jerk the reader around from one issue to the next. v2 might get better, but i'll never know.
Review by rockinghorsedreams
Everything you could want in a sci-fi comic book. Fantastic art, great creature and character design, a situation out of control, compelling characters and of course a saboteur sub-plot.
Review by ragwaine
This was pretty sweet. It has kind of a retro Heavy Metal (the movie) feel. They're basically "falling" through dimensions and each one has awesome aliens or alternate history stuff going on. About 50% of it is them getting chased around trying to survive while the main character berets himself through an inner dialogue. I like the writing a lot and it makes me wonder if you could write successful prose like that where there's constant action but also constant pontificating/philosophizing.Looking forward to volume 2.
Review by Chris_El
Interesting premise. A machine is built that hurls a group of people from one alternate reality to another across the cosmos. But someone sabotaged the machine so they can't make is stop moving them or send them back home. The art work is pretty good and the story is interesting so far. I'm in for the hardcover when it comes out.
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