Dealing with Big Numbers can make you go nuts Part . 2
I can't believe it took me this long to get to reading Big Numbers. My experience to Big Numbers is ironically symbolic because there was synchronicity in the situation and it played out almost like a living example of Chaos Theory. What I mean by this is that there was a butterfly effect. Less then a year ago I joined comicvine, made some friends and some acquaintances. I am not sure if Roxanne Star would define us as either, but she is a cool cat none the less. A week or two ago. I would tell her I am jealous of a sketch she has from Mr. Alan Moore himself. Not sure how she met him, but she did know him, lettered his work once or something like that. We chatted about a lot of things and I was ashamed I never read Big Numbers. I would actually find issues #1 and 2 at The Beguiling in Toronto and then I decided to pick them up after that. What does that all mean? It means there was a butterfly effect. Big Numbers came up, I had an opportunity to buy it, I bought it. It is symbolic because Big Numbers deals in the Chaos theory, it is the butterfly effect of a huge American Mall in a small British town that calls that type of building a "Shopping Centre".
What is special about Big Numbers is that the concept is like nothing tried in comics before it. Moore blended into his scripts the Chaos Theory, while Bill Sienkiewicz laid out a wonder form of fractional geometry. This team would find a synergy to a series I wish was completed. Big Numbers is a brave and bold piece of comic work. For example, the panels in Big Numbers can be read in a few ways. Not always the traditional left to right, there are at times many narratives being told at the same time and on the same page. By issue Number two, the layout makes so much more sense then issue #1. Below is a flow chart:
Only until I was reading this issue and really thinking, I noticed Sienkiewicz's art switches. At times it is photo real, at times it looks like water colored inks and at times cartoonish, there may be even more. Part of the reason I think the art takes this approach is to show changes in perception and reality. Another thing I noticed was that even in photo real pictures there are at times scratched squiggly lines. I am under the impression that this is the symbolic way to show we are all part of string theory.
One thing I must point out was that this comic was completely black and white, except for a poster in a boys room. On page #27 we see on that poster "The Mandelbrot Set". The Mandelbrot Set was named after the man who made fractals popular, Mr. Benoît Mandelbrot. By having The Mandelbrot Set being the only thing in color in this comic, I suggest Moore is telling us that Fractals are the only truths in this story, since it is the only thing given vibrant life of color. If everything is colorless, then everything is not the focus. We are to believe everything eve see is only a faction of the truth.
It is a shame Big Numbers remains incomplete, I now join the many who believe that it would of been another crown jewel in Moore's already crowded crown. With only two published issues, Big Numbers remains a great study guide to why Alan Moore is the greatest Graphic Novel writer that ever lived. He is brave and bold and daring. If you can get your hands on either Big Numbers 1 or 2, I would most definitely recommend reading it.