Grant Goggans takes a look at Simon Spurrier and PJ Holden’s Numbercruncher:
I have a lot of time for writer Si Spurrier, provided - as I mentioned in a recent column on this page - he isn’t wasting my time and his doing trademark protection garbage for Marvel Comics. With Numbercruncher, he’s back at work with Rebellion on a creator-owned project told across ten episodes, and back doing the things I like best from him. There’s lengthy first-person narration, a jerk of a protagonist who should be unlikeable but manages to be completely loveable anyway, a remarkably complex, yet believable world, and a concept that couldn’t be much higher and still make any sense.
Illustrated with a breezy flair by PJ Holden, Numbercruncher is an incredibly fast-paced and very surprising comic, utterly original and very funny. Spurrier is able to tell melodramatic action stories with a great sense of wit and irreverence, and what he’s developed here is one of his best creations. It began in issue 306 of Judge Dredd Megazine and is scheduled to continue to issue 315. Clicking the image above will take you to Clickwheel, where you may purchase low-priced digital copies of the issues, and they’re packed with all sorts of other great comics. Highly recommended!