Th3rd World Studios has a couple sneaky-good comics out there for people looking for a new story to disappear into. Some years past I found myself reading Stuff of Legend cover to cover while standing at their table at the New York Comic Con. This year at Small Press Expo in Bethesda they caught me with another one:
Finding Gossamyr, Volume 1. by David A. Rodriguez and Sarah Ellerton.
The story itself is familiar enough, a brother and sister are pulled into another world through a magic portal. There they find beautiful evil sorcerers, get caught in great conflicts between powerful antagonists, struggle to survive, that sort of thing.
The unusual angle in this case is that magic in that far realm is enacted via abstruse mathematics, solving arcane equations to trigger the effects. In our protagonist Denny we find a hero uniquely suited for that environment, even if it causes him distress.
At mathematics Denny is a natural talent, a boy genius. His sister Jenna has been taking care of him in the absence of her parents and she needs all the help she can get; if he can be cared for at school, then she can go to college herself. If only Denny can keep it together during the admission process to an exclusive academy then she has a chance at a normal life…