I wanted to like this but just couldn't get into it. I didn't really like the main character from what I saw in these first five issues. This is a story that deals with politic heavily. I thought vigilante becoming a political figure would be interesting but don't think it was really executed well. This volume didn't make me want to read more. I really didn't care about the subplot that was happening either.
The set up for what could develop into an interesting series but this first volume at least is a little slow.
Expected more given the plaudits. Pretty slow start so far.
I like a few of Vaughan's other works but after the first of this series I don't find many aspects that make me want to continue on. It's basically "Preacher" meets "West Wing" albeit he's a mayor and not the president. Fine artwork but no characters or story developments that really stand out. I'm not even really hooked on the mystery of his powers. Maybe it gets better but it might be awhile before I get around to it.
This series mixes alternate history, science fiction, and "West Wing" style storytelling about politics, complete with one character's speechifying on liberal policy being countered by another's hard-nosed political gamesmanship. Each issue's pacing resembles that of an episodic TV drama, which means it's instantly appealing yet still mostly wrapped up satisfyingly by the end. If you're uncomfortable with the nominal premise of the book -- an attempt to treat super-powers in a more or less realistic fashion -- just think of it as a red herring and enjoy following Vaughan as he pokes around the nooks and corners of his plot and drops the occasional breadcrumb to bring you back to his overarching story. Vaughan's pace is more of an amble, as opposed to his breathless sprint of Y: THE LAST MAN, but this series also builds to a definitive conclusion. Recommended for readers from outside the comics genre who want to try something slightly meatier than the dudes with capes and tights.
Ex Machina tells the story of a super hero who retires and gets involved with municipal politics in New York city. It serves as an interesting contrast and makes for good, but at times, slightly confused reading. Recommended for adults and mature teenagers.
Clever comic about the mayor of New York who used to be a superhero. His power to talk to machines was gained one night when a mysterious device blew up in his face.
Weaving city politics in with flashbacks to a superhero life, this story is full of believable characters. Good writing also makes this an enjoyable tale.
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