A Calculated Man #1

Writer: Paul Tobin Artist: Alberto Alburquerque Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: June 15, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 2
7.0Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

A verifiable math genius, Jack Beans used to run the numbers for the Pinafore crime family, until one day he ran them too well and concluded that the only way out of this life was in a cas-ket or Witness Protection. So, he turned state's evidence and ran.
Now, the Pinafores are out to end their favorite accountant. Little do they know that Jack's skills with math and his perfect memory have made him a better killer than they ever could have re-alized. What follows is a journey full of murder, mayhem and mathematics.
Writer Paul Tobin (BUNNY MASK, MY DATE WITH MONSTERS) and artist Alberto Albuquerque (The Amazing Spider-Man, Savage Sw more

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 15, 2022

    A Calculated Man is off to a very solid start. What we get here is a familiar concept to be sure with what it's doing but it's executed well. The combination of the dialogue and the look for the amusingly named Jack Beans is a draw from there while getting to see things from the WITSEC site of things helps to give it some balance. But this issue mostly focuses on background and introduction while allowing Jack to manipulate a situation to his advantage. The gifted genius trope is pretty familiar but it can be played with well depending on how you approach it. I think Tobin and Albuquerque have a solid take here that could work well as time goes on with it and I'm interested in seeing what kinds of twists and turns are brought into it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jun 15, 2022

    The StoryJack Beans, the calculated man, is an extremely interesting and unique character.  Tobin has done a great job at drawing readers in by giving the character solid strengths, such as his mathematical abilities, and personality ticks, such as never being able to tell a lie.  Throughout the issue, readers are introduced to Jacks backstory and motivations, which while hard to believe, are compelling.  Its hard to write this review without giving too much away, but Tobin has done a tremendous job as he sets up a character-driven story and lays the ground with pitfalls for Jack to step into as he follows the most logical course of action to achieve freedom from The Keys. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Jun 15, 2022

    It'll be interesting to see how this develops over future issues, but I'm apprehensive after issue one. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Jun 17, 2022

    A heightened crime story with an engaging, but wholly unlikable protagonist that seems a bit confused as to what tone it is trying to set and take moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DDJamesB Jun 21, 2022

    It is sort of cliche in a lot of areas but, it's done well. Something about it really has me rooting for the guy to pull it off.

  • 5.5
    ComicWorm Jun 22, 2022

    - Style over substance. 

    - Too much talking, less action.

    - Hero is aware of every tiny detail; there is no need to remind the audience each time.

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