I've got two more Colorverse inks for you this week! I'm loving this brand so far, and these two are among my favorites: Dark Energy, a deep burgundy, and Black Hole, which is what I would call an "off black." So far, nothing has changed from my initial impressions of Colorverse Quasar, which I reviewed a couple weeks ago. All of the Colorverse inks I have tried exhibit reasonable dry times, especially for inks with sheen, and while they aren't the absolute best inks I've ever used on cheap paper, they're more than serviceable. Performance-wise, I'd compare them to Pilot Iroshizuku, though the colors are more saturated.
These two inks are from the "Astrophysics" Series. Colorverse manufactures their inks in "Seasons," each of which has a different theme. Season 1, titled "Spaceward," has - you guessed it - a space/space exploration theme, with inks such as "Einstein Ring," "Hubble Zoom," and "Saturn V." The "Astrophysics" inks are from Season 2, which in addition to the two inks reviewed here include "Andromeda," "Gravity Wave," "Quasar" (which I've already reviewed), and "Supernova." Season 3, titled "Multiverse," takes a different approach by offering different inks in pairs, some of which obviously complement each other, but others are more subtle. The three seasons all emphasize unique properties: Season 1 inks tend to shade nicely; Season 2 inks have nice sheen; and the smaller bottles in the Season 3 sets "glisten" (i.e., shimmer ink). So far I have most of the Season 3 inks, which I'm still working through for review purposes.
Since both of these inks are part of "Season 2," they have a lot of sheen. Dark Energy might turn into one of my favorite inks overall. I originally thought the color would contain too much brown for my taste, but that's not the case. While there are hints of brown, the end result is still a rich burgundy red with a dark sheen that I haven't seen before in any other ink.
Black Hole is another winner. I love "off-black" colors, where black ink has a hint of something else like green, blue, or purple. I'm not sure how best to describe "Black Hole" - it has an a purple/red sheen to it when it dries, though I've also seen pictures where the sheen looks almost blue. A very cool ink, overall, and a perfect pairing for my Montblanc 146 Ultra Black.
Takeaways and Where to Buy
Colorverse continues to impress, and I honestly don't remember the last time I had this much fun with a new line of ink. I can't wait to see what they have in store for Season 4.
You can purchase the full line of Colorverse ink from our sponsor Pen Chalet. Pricing starts at $36 per ink, though this snags you two bottles for a total of 60ml, which on a price-per-ml basis is comparable to Pilot Iroshizuku and Sailor Jentle (after the latest price increase). The two-bottle packaging creates a great opportunity to go in on these inks with friends, and trade the smaller bottles so that you have samples of all the colors.
Disclaimer: I purchased this ink from Pen Chalet using affiliate credit. I was not compensated monetarily for this review, though this post does contain affiliate links.