When we first met Bastard Zane in Titan’s Numbercruncher, he was hunting down a dead Mathematician who struck a deal to be reincarnated, with memories intact, to be reunited with his one true love. The Divine Calculator – the driving force behind the afterlife – has a wicked sense of humor, though, and things didn’t go exactly as planned. Bastard Zane has a vested interest in bringing The Mathematician in – he’ll be set free, and the Mathematician will take his place as an operative in the Karmic Accountancy. Bastard Zane isn’t having much luck with the Mathematician, though. The guy is wily, and keeps finding loopholes to slip through, which really starts wearing on poor Zane.
This issue is just as much fun as the first issue, with Zane’s voice ringing clearly through the pages. The humor is gloriously dark and dry, just as I like it. Bastard Zane emerges as a true antihero – I want to see this guy win. I want him to get what he wants. I mean, seriously – can you imagine being stuck in a dead-end government job for eternity?
Si Spurrier makes Zane’s voice to come to life. I can hear his rough Cockney come through the pages. PJ Holden’s art continues to be amazing, as does Jordie Bellaire’s coloring. As with the first issue, the comic is largely black and white, but for events taking place in the “real world”, which appear in color.
I’ll wrap up with this: hold music was never so hilarious. And Holden can illustrate the hell of being placed on hold better than anyone. EVER.
Numbercruncher #2 hit shelves yesterday, so do yourself a favor and pick it up, find yourself a copy of #1, and add it to your pull list so you don’t miss any more.
Enjoy some art from Numbercruncher #2:
Writer: Si Spurrier
Artist: PJ Holden
Cover Artist: Roman Dirge
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Publisher: Titan Comics
Pub Date: August 21, 2013
Diamond ID: APR131248