Strange Attractors #1

Strange Attractors #1

Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Greg Scott, Soo Lee Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: June 1, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7
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What's to Love: Writer Charles Soule (Daredevil, Civil War) crafted a mind-bending story about how chaos math kept New York City from collapsing under itself. Presented for the first time as a limited series, each oversized issue of Strange Attractors features 30 pages of content, including new, never-before-seen bonus story pages.

What It Is: Dr. Brownfield believes that a series of cataclysmic events are coming to New York City, and someone has to keep the city safe after he's gone. Enter Heller Wilson, a brilliant mathematics student, who discovers that his ailing, perhaps insane, mentor has been saving New York City from societal collapse by a series of "adjustments," a la the Butterfly Effect. But now, all signs point toward an impending disaster. Can Wilson take what little he's learned and save the city in time?

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Adeem Khan Jun 1, 2016

    Strange Attractors is a great start to this series, featuring great character work and introducing readers to some genuinely interesting mathematics. Charles Soule is a great writer and if you missed this series the first time around, this is the perfect time to jump on. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jun 1, 2016

    We know something big is coming, and we know Wilson is going to be a significant part of it. The only thing is, he doesn't expect it just yet. I'm really excited to see him and Brownfield work together more. I'm actually stoked about learning more complexity theory throughout this series, too. This is a great issue to open up the series and, knowing Soule, things are about to get pretty exciting. So, keep reading to see the madness unfold! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 6, 2016

    New York has been the setting for a myriad of stories across all kinds of mediums but Strange Attractors #1 not only uses the city as its setting, but gives readers a fascinating well-researched look beyond the concrete, injecting into an energy beyond surface level "characterization", given visual life by the work of Greg Scott, Soo Lee, Art Lyon, Matthew Patz, Felipe Sobreiro, and Robert Saywitz. BOOM! Studios have made a bold move with this reprint. In breaking Strange Attractors from its OGN format, it has given it a whole new energy and feeling of suspense as well as introducing a new crop of readers to a largely overlooked work from one of comic's rising stars. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Michael Nunneley May 30, 2016

    I fully recommend this book. It is an intriguing and unique concept. If you like fringe-science and surreal worlds then this comic is for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 2, 2016

    It's a terrific high concept that Soule is able to introduce naturally over the course of this first issue without relying too heavily on bland exposition or impenetrable math terms. Unfortunately, the art doesn't quite match up to the writing. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Jun 2, 2016

    Interesting idea, but its bare bones waiting for the meat. Nice art though. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Jun 1, 2016

    I don't entirely understand the meteoric rise of Charles Soule. His work in the big two (She-Hulk, Swamp Thing, Inhumans, Wolverine, etc.) has been workmanlike and genuinely uninspired. One can recognize the elements in play (narration boxes, emotional anecdotes, surprise twists, etc.) without ever feeling like they bother to form a story worth telling. Frankly, I would rather see an over-ambitious failure than a book like those created by Charles Soule which seem content to simply coast along at a consistent if mediocre quality. I've read many worse books than Strange Attractors, but few I'd be less likely to recommend giving a try. Read Full Review

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