Comic Book / Black Science

Black Science is an ongoing series written by Rick Remender and drawn by Matteo Scalera. It launched in 2013.

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. His invention, the pillar, allows him and his fellow Dimensionauts to leap between worlds at will, taking anything they want for the benefit of their home reality. At least, that was the plan. But when one of Grant's team members sabotages the pillar, causing it to jump to random locations at random times, the group is left stranded in and struggles to survive on, increasingly bizarre and nightmarish worlds.

This series provides examples of:

  • Alternate Universe / Another Dimension: The premise. While the dimensions the team jumps through are all wildly different and alien, there are multiple Grant McKays. Each of these versions of Grant creates a pillar, the pillar is always sabotaged, the kids always die, and Kadir is always the saboteur.
  • Anyone Can Die: Within the first volume alone, Ward and Gwen get killed off.
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: The dimension the team lands in during issue 4 features one.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Rebecca turns on the rest of the group and sends Grant and his kids into disparate dimensions in order to arrive in a reality where her brother didn't die at a young age. She proceeds to murder that reality's version of herself and take her place.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Kadir's attitude and facial expressions give Carter Burke a run for his money, and Grant is convinced that the man is nothing more than a politicking idiot who'd rather take credit than do any work himself. He's wrong. While Kadir did sabotage the pillar, he was doing it to keep all the various dimensions from destroying each other.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Subverted. Grant seemingly dies at the end of the sixth issue, with Kadir taking over the role afterwards - until Grant gets back.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Kadir is actually a subversion. Yes, he sabotaged the pillar, but he did so to prevent Grant from unwittingly destroying reality.
  • Dimensional Traveller: The protagonists.
  • Dirty Coward: Kadir leaves Ward to die, then tells everyone that Ward tried to pull a You Shall Not Pass.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Kadir might be a dirty coward. He might be an unbelievably smug corrupt corporate executive. But he's decent enough to push Grant out of the way of an ax and take the blow himself, despite being in a knock-down fistfight with the man himself at the time, and then agree to take care of Grant's kids when it's clear he's going to die.
  • Expendable Alternate Universe: Inverted: the alternate versions of Grant and Sara hold this view of the main cast.
    • Rebecca openly says she merely "replaced" her double, not just killed her.
  • Expy: Kadir for one Dr. Zachery Smith, a Dirty Coward and saboteur, who ultimately becomes a more heroic character as time goes on.
  • Genre Deconstruction: Of 1960's sci-fi adventures like Lost in Space and Weird Science.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: No one in the comic is purely good or evil.
  • I Gave My Word: One of Kadir's few principles.
  • Interdimensional Travel Device: The pillar.
  • Irony: Grant, the inventor of the pillar, dies when he is crushed by a giant pillar.
  • It's All About Me: Grant's Fatal Flaw.
  • Jerkass: Kadir and Grant are both not very nice people.
  • Kill and Replace: Rebecca does this to an alternate reality version of herself in order to be in a world where her twin brother didn't die years before.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Rebecca had been sleeping with Grant and ruined the experiment, leaving him to die and nearly killing everyone else. She then murdered her double in another universe just to live in a world where her brother was alive, marrying a man and having a child. Grant finds the body of that world's Rebecca with the murder weapon. He proceeds to tell the cops who inform Rebecca's brother and husband. Rebecca finds the brother she spent years missing ripping into her as an imposter who killed his beloved sister and her husband taking their child away. She finds Grant in a field as he relates how he's not going to kill her as "this is better." He leaves as police cars race up to arrest Rebecca who knows she can't tell the whole truth and thus has to known as a murderous psychopath hated by the brother and husband she loved.
  • Last Request: While dying, Grant asks Kadir to make sure that his children get home safely. Kadir agrees.
  • Pet the Dog: Kadir agrees to make sure Grant's kids get home safely.
  • Reality-Breaking Paradox: What Alternate Grant and Sara want to avoid.
  • Save Both Worlds: This is the motivation for both Alternate Grant / Sara and Kadir, of all people.
  • Slasher Smile: Kadir, repeatedly.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Far on the cynical side.
  • Smug Snake: Kadir again.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Grant was cheating on his wife with Rebecca.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Invoked by Kadir when he explains what happened to Ward. He's lying his ass off.
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