Every once in a great while I stumble upon a book or comic that truly amazes me. Whether it is the artwork or the storyline, sometimes I am simply flabbergasted. Strange Attractors has made it onto this short list. I read it the same afternoon that it arrived but found myself reading it again the next day. I’ve already loaned it out to a friend, something I seldom do, because the graphic novel is just that good and needs to be shared with the world.
Combining science fiction and mathematics, the story revolves around complexity theory as it applies to the metropolis of New York City. Basically, this means that every small action creates a chain reaction that affects the greater whole. The main character, Heller Wilson, is a young man working towards his postgraduate degree on this very concept. He seeks out a former professor from Columbia University, a Doctor Spencer Brownfield, who was a known expert on the subject before leaving his teaching position under mysterious circumstances.
A phenomenon in which a minor change in circumstances can cause a large change in outcome.
If you had the ability to manipulate the outcomes of several small events to prevent something on a larger scale from happening, would you do it? In the new graphic novel, Strange Attractors, the themes of chaos theory are explored and examined.
Guitarist William Garland is back to playing music once again, but not to the level of fame where he once was.
In 27: Second Set Issue #1, William Garland returns to his former life: playing guitar and being passionate about the music. Unfortunately, Garland isn’t as famous as he once was. He thinks his life is just as bad as when he couldn’t play guitar at all. Garland craves the fame of being known and wants it badly. When an accident happens with the magical contraption built into his chest, Garland uses its power to catapult himself back into the limelight but unknowingly catches the eyes of a villain.
The previous 27 miniseries was a favorite of mine earlier this year and I was hoping for another volume of the series. I got my wish. 27: Second Set is an excellent start to what seems to be another thrilling ride. William Garland seems to be obsessed with getting back to his famous status that he once claimed, but is causing a lot of road bumps along the way.
27 #3 Written by Charles Soule
Art by Renzo Podesta
Cover by W. Scott Forbes
Release date: February 9, 2011
27 is a 4-issue miniseries written by Charles Soule and drawn by Renzo Podesta. The series focuses on famous guitarist Will Garland, who has just turned 27 years old. Significantly, 27 is also the age in which many high-profile musicians have died. Will’s left hand has developed a nerve disorder leaving him unable to play guitar again. Will searches for a way to play again through unorthodox means, which leads to a device that allows him to play again for a short time but ultimately leads to a whole other world of creativity.
27 #3 unlocks some of the mysteries of the series. Many secrets are revealed and Will takes an interesting ride to figure out the meaning behind a secret entity that has a tighter hold on his life with every click of the device.