It’s out ! YAY!
Look, I’ll not lie, I vanity search for me and my work – of course I do. I largely don’t pay attention to the results (because there often isn’t much, and if it’s negative I want to ignore it, and if it’s positive it’ll go to my head so I have to ignore it.)
Numbercruncher has had a startling amount of reviews. I largely put this fact at the feet of Titan who have moved heaven and hell on the the PR front to get people to look at it – and I think it needs that – it’s a book that’s complicated to describe – because, well, it’s a complex idea. BUT the story is fun and constantly moving and actually pretty simple. Mathematician wants to be with the one he loves and will do anything to do so. Bastard Zane wants to stop him. That’s it. All the rest is fancy clothing.
I think, when people read it, they enjoy it – regardless of their expectations. Si writes good – he buries the fancy concepts under swathes of black humour. And, I think and hope the art does the same sort of thing.
The trick is to get people to read it.
It’s a weird old system the comics thing – you have to decide you want to read the thing three months in advanced based solely on a tiny thumbnail and a one paragraph description.
So hopefully the reviews will convince people to give it a chance and buy it (and remember you can buy online from comixology here)
Anyway, that said, I want to blog these reviews not so I can show off how awesome I am (though I am) but so I can look back in twenty years, as the money from the movie starts to dry up and I can remember the years before the bitter acrimony of the creative split between me and si…
First, a little spotlight on me (off the back of Numbercruncher)…
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.
Numbercruncher #1 is beautifully written and illustrated and I am looking forwards to reading more, in the meantime I’m going to re-read this issue to tide me over till then.
So, Titan Comics continues to release non-stop comics that open the comicverse up to some intricate and highly original ideas. This book is no exception, and I’d say it’s leading the pack. Beautifully executed, interestingly mysterious, and downright awesome, you need to grab this first issue!
There are some really cool karmic ideas in this title, and there are glimpses of depth even in the thuggish Zane. It’s interesting, and I like it. Pick it up and see if you agree.
Most British comics publishers are either producing high-end graphic novels, art-house projects, weekly/bi-weekly anthologies or are going out of business, so it’s nice for me to see a newcomer like Titan trying to make an impact in the American monthly marketplace. If there’s any justice in the world and Titan are able to maintain the standard set by Numbercruncher then they’ll do just fine.
What does make the book worth reading is Spurrier and Holden’s execution of the progression of the narrative. Numbercruncher has a wicked sense of humor, and the creators are mean-spirited and/or cruel towards their characters.
The only thing to push you into reading next month is the strong story, with philosophical overtones, dramatic art and detailed color choice that shines as the crowning jewel of Titan Comics’ new line of books.
Spurrier’s wit and comedic sense of timing are self-evident inNumbercruncher and fans familiar with his work in 2000AD,Judge Dredd Megazine, or X-Club will appreciate it here all the more. What is truly remarkable, however, aboutNumbercruncher is the artwork by Holden. As only certain panels are colored by Bellaire, audiences can witness and experience Holden’s sharp, emotive line art the way it was originally presented. The colors act as supplements to augment Holden’s lines and resonate within the narrative.
It’s Spurrier and Holden’s multifaceted, bats**t-crazy opus. 8.1
The final line: One of the most original narratives I’ve read set in one of the most strange, freakish, twisted version of reality you’ll read. Once you’ve finished you’ll be thinking about how the universe works, and it ain’t the Matrix–it’s even colder and cooler! Overall grade: A+
Imprints willing to take such risks this deserve your support, so please, pick up Numbercruncher #1 and dive into something gloriously different from ‘The Big 2’. At least in this comic you don’t have to read about how two perfect beings have no chemistry towards one another whatsoever.
Numbercruncher is a surprisingly amazing read, that I wasn’t expecting to enjoy nearly as much as I did. Even if you’ve read the original, it is worth taking a look at this new Titan release of the series. If you like darker English comics or tales like those you’d find by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, you’ll undoubtedly love Numbercruncher, and the audience for this book will likely be far greater than that. I have no problem crunching a few numbers myself here and giving this title the high rating of 9 out of 10. Go pick out Numbercruncher when it hits stores July 17th!
In short, it’s well-drawn, well-written, and very, very funny. Pick it up this week, or you’re doing yourself a disservice.
And.. that’ll do. Now let’s hope some buggers buy the thing…
UPDATED TO ADD:
The artwork by Holden and Bellaire is absolutely brilliant and at times jaw dropping.
Holden and Bellaire are up to the task of illustrating Spurrier’s complicated story, beginning with the gorgeous splash page that foreshadows some of the events coming up in the book.
In the author’s note at the back of Numbercruncher #1, writer Si Spurrier mentions his “morbid fear of pigeonholes.” That fear is evident throughout this first issue, which defies classification at every turn and contains enough big, crazy ideas that even Grant Morrison would be a touch jealous.
Update 28 July 2013 – another review
The first issue does not disappoint as Spurrier’s scripting is excellent and well paced while Holden’s artistry compliments and visually engages readers. Bellaire’s colors depicts the real world and the space where the Divine Calculator operates masterfully. 5/5
(There’s actually a few more reviews out there that are just as good, but I haven’t nabbed the links.)