The Comic: Dying young, a brilliant Mathematician discovers a way to cheat the terrifying Divine Calculator.
He schemes to be endlessly reincarnated in the life of the woman he loves, no matter how often the violent bailiffs of the Karmic Accountancy cut short each life.
It falls to one such Karmic agent – the surly Bastard Zane – to put a stop to the time-twisting romance once and for all, before the Mathematician can pull-off his greatest trick and escape Existential Justice forever!
The Review: Numbercruncher #1 is a great-looking comic – PJ Holden’s art crammed with detail and inventive energy, as you’d expect from such a talented chap – while Si Spurrier casually messes with your whole sense of what the afterlife might be (or is), as the comic’s central human character is right royally given the runaround by ‘divine’ beings.
There’s plenty to enjoy in this new title, a strip first published in Judge Dredd Megazine but which has a new home at Titan Comics. With devious super beings – the bowler-hatted, pin striped Bastard Zane the main protagonist here, but even his strings are being pulled by others – and stunning otherworldy visuals, there’s plenty to enjoy and ponder, this first issue setting the scene for plenty of twists and turns to come.
• Numbercruncher #1 is on sale now in all good comic shops. And some existentialist ones.
More info: http://titan-comics.com/c/15-numbercruncher
• Si Spurrier’s Official web site: http://sispurrier.tumblr.com
• You can read some thoughts from Si on Numbercruncher back here – what it is, what it’s about, that sort of thing.
• PJ Holden’s official blog: www.pauljholden.com/blog
• Comic Book Resources: “Numbercruncher #1 is inventive, unpredictable and engaging. What more can you ask for in a debut issue?”
• Comic Bastards: “Titan Comics you have done it again. You have managed to turn my comic world into something a little bit better with Numbercruncher… PJ Holden’s art is awesome and love the way he puts life in color and the Team is in black and white. Which to me represents how earth has no rules but beyond that everything is very right or wrong.”
• Nerd Like You: “, I’ve kind of got a thing for Si Spurrier’s writing. His cynical sense of humour, unbridled invention (not to mention joyful wordplay) and infectious sincerity always has me hooked, whether in turning the Merry Marvel Mutantverse on its head in X-Men: Legacy or delivering so-bonkers-it’s-brilliant sci-fi-western shenanigans in Six-Gun Gorilla…
“Sure, a comic about maths doesn’t sound exactly scintillating, but this is Big Maths, and when Big Maths meets Big Ideas by way of PJ Holden’s superlative art and Jordie Bellaire’s sparingly used but oh-so-essential colours you’re onto a winner.”