Will Grant McKay find happiness in the multiverse or will this story end in tragedy? This is the thrilling conclusion of the hit science fiction series Black Science by Image Comics!

BLACK SCIENCE #43

Writer: Rick RemenderBLACK SCIENCE #43 CVR A SCALERA (MR)
Artist: Matteo Scalera
Colorist: Moreno Dinisio
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Editor: Briah Skelly
Publisher: Image Comics
Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 25th, 2019

Previously on Black Science: Remender is taking us to two different versions of the same scenario. One where McKay is trying to change things to the way they should be and one where he becomes complacent in the universe that he is in. What ending with Grant McKay have and will he find happiness for himself and his family?

IT HAS BEEN A CRAZY RUN

Grant Mckay is going through two storylines, one where he betrays Kadir and shoots his wife Chandra and one where he accepts his new reality in this universe. In the latter, he contemplates sucidie but his love for his family allows him to fight the compulsion. He heads to a surprise picnic party for his birthday that he makes peace with both his father and Kadir. In the former scenario, Grant is on the run from the police and crashes into a train that kills his children. He returns to Kadir and his Sara, Grant’s wife, shoots Kadir dead. They then take the Pillar, a multiverse traveling device, into a new dimension with major implications where he went. I won’t give away that final beautiful but disturbing ending to a great series.

WRAPPING MY HEAD AROUND THE STORY

This story is the culmination of almost 6 years of storytelling. The first issue came out November 27, 2013 and has finally come to a conclusion. It is difficult to look at this issue without thinking of the larger context. The larger theme at play here seems to be free will versus fate/destiny but with an odd sci-fi twist. The concept at play is that every decision we make branches into its own multiverse. I can say, I’ll eat potatoes for breakfast and it happens but in another multiverse I ate eggs. This branches out to an infinite amount of times with all the decisions a man makes in an hour, let alone my life time. If that is the case, if all your decisions create a multiverse and therefore from a certain perspective your decisions don’t matter.

This topic is expounded with the Pillar device that allows you to effectively find any multiverse. Something both Grant McKay and Kadir have done to try and find better circumstances for them in the course of this series. It is an existential question contemplated in a unique way through the genre of science fiction. The ending wraps up the theme and supports both the free will and fate aspect in a thought-provoking way. Very well done and very well written. 

BOTTOM LINE: A STUNNING FINALE

There is quite a lot to unpack in this story but the creative team has created such an intelligent story. Black Science has been a nice ride throughout its six years and am sad to see it end. 4.5 out of 5 stars for me.


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Black Science #43

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There is quite a lot to unpack in this story but the creative team has created such an intelligent story. Black Science has been a nice ride throughout its six years and am sad to see it end. 4.5 out of 5 stars for me.

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Christopher Rondeau is a storyteller based in southern California. Finding himself with little work, he ended up creating a job as a Game Master full time on the internet. Chris spends most of his days reading everything he can, writing bad fiction, and watching old Digimon cartoons with his daughter. Sometimes you can find him Dungeon Mastering a podcast or streaming on twitch. Most likely though, he is panicking about his creative thesis for his master's degree. Find out more at https://rondeaucreator.com

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