Artwork by: P.J. Holden
In the post-Dark Knight/Iron Man/Avengers world every average Joe and his dog is aware that comics can be clever little blighters, packed with great ideas and imaginative plot twists that you just didn’t see coming. Thankfully, these rewarding little stories aren’t just restricted to the pages of the big league books; in fact often they can be found in the most unlikely of places.
Point in case: Numbercruncher – a brilliant little tale from Simon Spurrier and P.J. Holden. Both writer and artist have experience working for the likes of 2000AD and Judge Dredd and it is certainly evident in a story which is so good it easily could have slotted comfortably in Alan Moore’s run of Future Shocks stories.
In this time-twisting romance, a young mathematician finds himself in the afterlife, separated from his soul mate. In order to return to the world of the living he agrees to swap places with the appropriately titled, Bastard Zane, once he’s had one more crack at life that is. However, all is not quite what it seems, as the Mathematician has no desire to ever give up the love of his life and so begins a tale of one man’s desire to get what he wants.
Numbercruncher is a simple, yet intriguing tale which captures the imagination in such a way that you just can’t put the book down until it’s finished. Collecting all the issues in one handy graphic novel this hardback collection from Titan Books, provides all that you need to see the story through to the dramatic end.
Using a mix of black & white and coloured panels to separate the real world from the afterlife, the story hurtles towards a satisfying conclusion that easily could exist outside of the printed page. Yep, don’t be surprised if this story isn’t snapped up by Hollywood bigwigs, as it certainly has the potential to become an engaging (and presumably fairly low budget) film.
If you fancy a break from the Marvel/DC universes, or you’re a fan of independent graphic novels and books, you could do a lot worse than picking this up.
Numbercruncher is out now.