Trade paperback Tuesday is an initiative of Previews World, a comics and associated paraphernalia magazine/catalog/online news resource which promotes the hottest trade paperbacks newly collected and published in the comic book industry. I'm borrowing the theme to focus on regular reviews of my favorite trades and/or comic story arcs.
Title: HOW TO FALL FOREVER
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Matteo Scalera
Contains: Black Science #1-6
Anarchist scientist Grant McKay has done the impossible! Using the Pillar, he has punched a hole through the barriers between dimensions, allowing travel to all possible universes. But now Grant and his team are trapped in the folds of infinity, the Pillar sending them careening through a million universes of unimaginable adventure, sanity-flaying danger and no way home...
The thing that immediately stands out is the art. Matteo Scalera does a great job at instilling a real sense of the other worldly (or other dimensional as is the case) which is complimented by exceptional colors and tones throughout the 6 issues that comprise the story arc.
From #1 Remender thrusts the reader into a strange and violent world that immediately sets the tone for the book. These dimensionaughts travel in murderous circles. Grant McKay's use of black science and the bending of reality are not without ramification, which the core characters of BLACK SCIENCE learn all too quickly. Writer Rick Remender doesn't hesitate in borrowing from the GAME OF THRONES precedent of unpredictability - no character is assured of making it through to the next chapter.
I like stories that change my perception, and this does just that. Initially, McKay and co are seen to be experienced inter dimensional explorers well versed in the dangers of undertaking such travel (such as squaring off against humanoid frog people), however, as the story progresses this isn't the case as by #4 Remender drops the bomb that this foray into the unknown is the first with the cast of characters somewhat ill-prepared.
There is mystery, intrigue, excitement, twists, turns, and a few pulp-ish elements infused in a very fast paced and entertaining plot, that, whilst doesn't cater to a complete ending, does build anticipation for the next volume.