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Black Science
2014
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  Library Journal Review

Imagine every alternate universe is layered upon one another like the skin of an onion and you have a pillar that can spike through them. With this pillar you can jump to-and borrow from-a universe that has cured cancer or solved global warming. This is the dream of Grant McKay, Remender's Reed Richards (aka Mister Fantastic) read-alike if the Fantastic Four were led by a postpunk, philandering founder. However, Grant's team of anarchistic scientists is thwarted from the outset, handing the team to the whims of a sabotaged Pillar. The Black Scientists are trapped, randomly jumping from reality to reality all the while emphasizing that Grant has doomed himself, his team, and his kids to an ego-driven series of quantum leaps. Verdict Remender (Fear Agent), Scalera (Secret Avengers), and White (Uncanny X-Force) have taken a fresh approach to a standard sf trope, revisiting the classic pulp cliff-hanger but upping the stakes in a way modern audiences will appreciate.-Terry Bosky, Madison, WI (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Fantastic voyages, whether in SF or comics, seldom go smoothly for their crews, and this one is a killer. Scientist Grant McKay, his family, and colleagues set out on a desperate journey when his dimension-hopping invention is sabotaged and they're catapulted into deadly parallel worlds. The book jumps directly into an action sequence; multiple flashbacks piece together the story as it progresses, filling in the blanks on the "Dimensionauts" and their pasts. The thrill of the story is found not only in the lethal, imaginative other earths, but also in the dysfunction and brutal infighting of a group torn apart by lies and accusations. Not everyone on this team will survive the journey, but can any of them get home? Is there a reality where it all didn't go so wrong? The rapid-fire dialogue from Remender (Fear Agent, Uncanny X-Force) matches the constant barrage of broken promises and misguided alliances in his story. Scalera and White's art is similarly angular, with bold colors and Japanese speed lines that keep the action at breakneck speed. This is a solid adventure tale with a dark undertone that stands in stark contrast to comics' usual optimistic view of knowledge. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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"A must-read for Remender's fans or anyonethrilled by bizarre and compelling sci-fi." Starred Review - Booklist <br> <br> " There is a lotof meat to this book. Plenty for everyone to like, or dislike. The dangers arereal. People die. The worldbuilding is solid even though we're jumping throughdifferent realities. Each of those worlds pops off the page and has their owndistinct look and feel." - Kirkus <br> <br> "This is a solidadventure tale..." - PW <br> <br> GrantMcKay, former member of The Anarchistic Order of Scientists, has finally donethe impossible: He has deciphered Black Science and punched through the barriersof reality. But what lies beyond the veil is not epiphany, but chaos. Now Grantand his team are lost, living ghosts shipwrecked on an infinite ocean of alienworlds, barreling through the long-forgotten, ancient, and unimaginable darkrealms. The only way is forward, through the madness of the lightning sea-swampand a futurepast trenchworld, where the Sons of the Wakan Tech-Tanka wagenever-ending war on the savages of Europe! How did the Anarchist League ofScientists end up this deep in the onion? And, who among them sabotaged thePillar? <br> <br>
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