Monkeys Fighting Robots

No knock on some of the stuff that Hollywood is churning out on both television and in movie theaters lately, but it’s time for a change. It was great to see ‘Valerian‘ jump off the pages and onto the ‘Silver Screen’ and it’s refreshing that sequels are en route for both ‘Pacific Rim‘ and ‘Avatar‘, but it leaves us with a stinging question, where is all the sci-fi? Give us some space dramas and bring back ‘Firefly‘ (please?)! With that said, see below for two Image titles that would make for great watches.

Black Science (by: Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera)

Grant McKay, formerly of The Anarchistic Order of Scientists, has finally achieved the impossible and deciphered Black Science, punching a hole through the barriers of reality. What lay beyond the veil, though, was not an epiphany, but that of chaos. Now McKay and his team, comprised of his wife and kids, along with some colleagues, are lost and shipwrecked in an infinite ocean of alien worlds. They must navigate the long-forgotten, ancient and unimaginable dark realms of space to make it home.

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This book describes the galaxy and its multiverses as an onion. Each layer, regardless of peeling away, leads to somewhere different. Each jump the team commits, damages the fabric of reality. The pillar in which the team uses to jump from realities and worlds, must be fixed, but each team member has vowed to uphold the ideal of leaving every dimension they visit better than they found it. The Dimensionauts continue to cut deeper into the onion to reunite the team. McKay created the pillar to save the world of science, but now must use it to save all worlds and creation or doom it to oblivion.

The book has currently collected seven trades with issue #34 set to release in December, 2017, and has some of the best artwork and colors of any title going right now.

This book would make a great television show because it’s a beautiful mashup of The ‘Swiss Family Robinson‘, ‘Star Trek‘ and ‘Quantum Leap‘, all in one. It is an incredibly intelligent title that tests your imagination with action, romance and both heartbreaking and heartfelt moments throughout. All traits that would translate well to the TV screen.

Descender (by: Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen)

With issue #27 on hold till February of 2018, this title has currently collected five trades.

Descender tells the story of a young robot’s struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed, while bounty hunters search every planet for the last remaining ones. It’s a ‘rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey’ that tabs the humans versus the machines.

The main character, TIM-21, and his companions are seeking for an ancient robot to help solve the galaxy’s ancient riddle of the ‘Harvesters’, all while the ‘Robot Resistance’ rises to contention with the humans. The galaxy is on its way to all-out-war.

This title has silver screen written all over it. The notion that an android thinks itself real, has a pet android and seeks to find his family just screams Hollywood. Not to mention the whole battle between the humans and robots. This could absolutely be a trilogy as there are so many possibilities with what has been introduced by Lemire. Yeah, we’d see this movie.

Michael Stagno
Michael is a New England native and fluent in Italian. He graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism (RTVF) from Auburn University. He is a BIG fan of the Boston sports scene, X-Men and X-Force. He loves his black lab (named Yaz), pop culture, science, space and gaming. He's also a crossfitter, paddleboarder and marathoner.