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-There is a lot of meat to this book. Plenty for everyone to like, or dislike. The dangers are real. People die. The worldbuilding is solid even though we're jumping through different realities. Each of those worlds pops off the page and has their own distinct look and feel.- - Kirkus
-This is a solid adventure tale...- - PW
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. But what lies beyond the veil is not epiphany, but chaos. Now Grant and his team are lost, living ghosts shipwrecked on an infinite ocean of alien worlds, barreling through the long-forgotten, ancient, and unimaginable dark realms. The only way is forward, through the madness of the lightning sea-swamp and a futurepast trenchworld, where the Sons of the Wakan Tech-Tanka wage never-ending war on the savages of Europe How did the Anarchist League of Scientists end up this deep in the onion? And, who among them sabotaged the Pillar?
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Fantastic voyages, whether in SF or comics, seldom go smoothly for their crews, and this one is a killer. Scientist Grant McKay, his family, and colleagues set out on a desperate journey when his dimension-hopping invention is sabotaged and they’re catapulted into deadly parallel worlds. The book jumps directly into an action sequence; multiple flashbacks piece together the story as it progresses, filling in the blanks on the “Dimensionauts” and their pasts. The thrill of the story is found not only in the lethal, imaginative other earths, but also in the dysfunction and brutal infighting of a group torn apart by lies and accusations. Not everyone on this team will survive the journey, but can any of them get home? Is there a reality where it all didn’t go so wrong? The rapid-fire dialogue from Remender (Fear Agent, Uncanny X-Force) matches the constant barrage of broken promises and misguided alliances in his story. Scalera and White’s art is similarly angular, with bold colors and Japanese speed lines that keep the action at breakneck speed. This is a solid adventure tale with a dark undertone that stands in stark contrast to comics’ usual optimistic view of knowledge. (June)