Superhero comics have always been the big discussion with comics, but this year I've gotten cold on a lot of the titles from 'The Big 2' (Marvel and DC). There have been some real gems, but what has grabbed a lot of attention (including mine) are the new Image titles that were released in the last year or two. I will no doubt be talking about more of them later on, but one of the standouts has been Black Science.
I have read some of Rick Remender's work and it was good, but didn't blow me away. On this title, however, it is obvious that Remender had free rein to see his vision out. This book goes beyond what I could have ever imagined and is pure creativity leaked onto pages. I've said before that a book goes places you would never expect, but Remender takes this mentality to it's truest core. Black Science follows a format like the old TV show Slider's where a group of travelers port to different dimensions. When they do, truly, anything can happen. What sets it apart from any other dimension-travelling story, is the beautifully fleshed out human drama that is surprisingly deep and complex for such a fast paced action-driven book.
All of this is accented by the amazing artwork by Matteo Scalera who finds that perfect balance between realistic and cartoonish that I absolutely adore with other comic artists. Scalera fleshes out the off-the-wall adventures and environments and really captures the desperation and action in all of the scenes. I have picked up the first trade of this book, and hope it goes on for a long time, as I feel it isn't getting quite the credit it deserves.