Strange Attractors #3 is part of one of the most intriguing comic books we’ve read.
The premise of the story is that a student finds out that his ageing Professor is constantly saving New York by making tiny adjustments via ‘the butterfly effect’. And then he’s told that he has to take over that role. But all their research points to a huge catastrophe on the horizon. If you’re a fan of science fiction, this is a story for you. Whilst it’s not explicitly filled with crazy science-fiction elements like monsters or aliens, it’s a grounded thriller that translates beautifully onto the page.
The story itself is feels like a mashup of two popular sci-fi films, ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ and ‘Source Code’. This definitely isn’t a criticism however. And whilst the plot and the intricacies of ‘chaos theory’ area little complicated – the narrative helps the audience understand via showing us events across New York. It’s made very clear to us that the tension across the city is rising, as murders, accidents and acts of violence escalate exponentially. It’s use of colour to signify the anger and/or violence in different characters is nothing short of artistic cleverness. The plot extends it’s reach through connective strands across the issue, which makes complete sense considering it’s focus on chaos theory.
The comic’s art style slightly reminds us of The Walking Dead, but with a lot less gore and zombies. Strange Attractors #3 is a great instalment in a brilliantly grounded story. We couldn’t get enough of the characters, as they’re so wonderfully human. They make mistakes, and are a hell of a lot more relatable than most superheroic characters typically found in comics.
This is easily our favourite non-superhero based comic of the week. The concept is hugely fascinating and the story itself is enthralling. Boom! Studios are fast becoming brilliant publishers. Make sure you read Strange Attractors #3.
With a complex plot and grounded characters, Strange Attractors should not be missed.
- Grounded characters
- Art style