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The Amazing Spider-Man (Issues 555-557) (2008)
Zeb Wells (writer) / Chris Bachalo (penciller)

The issue of Amazing Spider-Man entitled "Sometimes it Snows in April" introduces a disheveled mathematician named Benjamin Rabin who appears to be the victim of an attempted assault. He explains to police that he is working in 10-dimensional models of reality where "binary input commands become useless". It is therefore necessary for him to do logic using symbols that resemble Mayan glyphs rather than just 0's and 1's. Of course, that doesn't actually make any sense, but it sounds much more believable when accompanied by the artist's drawings:

(quoted from The Amazing Spider-Man (Issues 555-557))

In subsequent issues ("The Last Nameless Day and "Dead of Winter"), it is revealed that he is not the innocent absent-minded professor that he appears to be, but is in fact, a serial killer who is sacrificing other people in the hope of gaining the power of a Mayan god himself. (Spoiler Alert: Spider-Man saves the day!)

I am very grateful to Bailey Ford, a student in my 2023 "Math in Fiction" seminar at the College of Charleston, for bringing this bit of mathematical fiction to my attention.

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Works Similar to The Amazing Spider-Man (Issues 555-557)
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. A Calculated Man by Paul Tobin (writer) / Alberto Alburquerque (artist)
  2. Kim Possible (Episode: Mathter and Fervent) by Jim Peronto (script)
  3. Prime Suspect: The Anatomy of Integers and Permutations by Andrew Granville / Jennifer Granville / Robert J. Lewis (Illustrator)
  4. Evariste and Heloise by Marco Abate
  5. The Phantom Scientist [Le Chercher Phantôme] by Robin Cousin
  6. Numbercruncher by Si Spurrier (writer) / PJ Holden (artist)
  7. Proof Geometric Construction Can Solve All Love Affairs by Takahashi Manbou (lyricist) / Ane Manbou (illustrator)
  8. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua
  9. Imaginary Numbers by Seanan McGuire
  10. Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis / Christos Papadimitriou
Ratings for The Amazing Spider-Man (Issues 555-557):
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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
2/5 (1 votes)

GenreFantasy, Adventure/Espionage, Young Adult,
MotifEvil mathematicians, Religion,
MediumGraphic Novel/Comic Book/Manga,

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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.

(Maintained by Alex Kasman, College of Charleston)