Hello and thanks for joining me here for The Most Inaccurately Named Column On The Internet! Since we last spoke I had a birthday, which means that I have officially survived another year on this great big beautiful blue rock. How have you been? Still trying to make headway on that work project? Still watching that television show that you like? The people and/or animals that live with you still providing you with joy? That’s great!
What’s that? What have I been enjoying lately? Oh my friend, I am glad you asked. Let me break it down for you quickly and succinctly.
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Initially I looked at Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera’s Black Science as a meditation on the Fantastic Four, and more specifically Reed Richards. After all, the lead character in Black Science is Grant McKay, member of the Anarchist League of Scientists, and the first few issues focus on his family and his team breaking through dimensional barriers and exploring alternate earths with his invention, The Pillar. There’s a lot more going on in this series than that simple surface reading, of course; Black Science has a diverse cast of characters, each of whom contribute to the plot and themes of the book, and take it in surprising directions. No matter what happens in the book, though, it’s that elevator pitch that stuck with me: a scientist who is often seen as aloof and arrogant endangers his family, friends, and loved ones on crazy science adventures. Sounds a lot like Mr. Fantastic to me, even if Grant McKay has more of an attitude and less stretchability. I know that Remender has a lot going on in that beautiful creative brain of his, so I should have suspected that there was more coming. But I didn’t expect it to take the turn it did in the fourth story arc, “Godworld.”