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on 11 January 2005
I have been a huge fan of Brian K. Vaughan's comics since I first read the Hood and Y: the last man. Ex Machina continues his tradition of interesting and intriguing comics.
Ex Machina follows the story of Mayor Hundred, a retired superhero who has become Mayor of New York. The comic combines an interesting mix between what is happening as Mayor of New York and flashbacks to who he was and what he did as his alter ego: The Great Machine, while exploring the main character's frustration with both sides of his life - his inability to tackle things directly as mayor, and his frustration at his inability to really make a difference as a superhero.
The story also hold a lot of promise for future installments, as the book leaves a lot of unanswered questions, particularly about how the Great Machine got his power to talk and give orders to machines.
The artwork by Tony Harris in the comic is universally good, with some occasional truly fantastic panels.
While in my opinion this graphic novel is not as gripping as some of Brian K. Vaughans other work, it is definitely one of a kind and should not be missed.
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on 27 April 2013
There is a reason Olympians are given medals. There is a reason people go to the ballet. There is a reason to buy comics. Talent. Brian K. Vaughan of Y: The Last Man fame crafts an incredible work in what may be the most sublime execution of the storyteller's craft ever.

The world's first and only superhero gives it all up to go into politics, becoming mayor of New York, and inherits a whole new set of problems. The story skips forwards and backwards in time showing you both his career as a superhero and that of a newly elected mayor. This gets you straight into the action and gives you two lots of exhilaration at the same time.

There is politics, racism, current affairs, ethics, as well as mystery and excitement. Both the story and its method of delivery are top notch. There is a diverse range of believable characters as well as a large dollop of social commentary. This is American and the international reader may have to Google a couple of the contemporary and historical figures being bandied about. It is a clever and intelligent work that makes you jog to keep up but won't leave you to fall behind.

The art is solid stuff but the colouring is bizarre. It has been digitally graded and each scene has a particular colour tint to it. Sometimes the whole page is done and sometimes just the background making the characters pop out and giving depth to the whole thing. In isolation this looks peculiar but as a whole this tonal wash is very effective with some wonderful blue-green night scenes.

There are seven pages of behind the scenes art showing that each panel is posed by actors, photographed, pencil traced, inked and then coloured. This is quite an unusual process and a real learning experience to view.

Because I can't find fault with it, and can clearly see why it won a whole bunch of awards, this gets the coveted Double Thumbs Up!
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on 7 March 2005
Basically if you're a diehard comics nut or someone disinterested in the medium this is for you. Vaughan & Harris succeed almost effortlessly in tying superheroics, soap opera and political drama together to create a hybrid with strong characterisation, subtle humour and intriguing subplots. What if your friendly neighbourhood superhero actually ran for office and actually won?! This is a slice in his life, and those of everyone around him, his advisors, his colleagues, friends and fellow New Yorkers.
Buy it - trust me.
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on 27 April 2013
There is a reason Olympians are given medals. There is a reason people go to the ballet. There is a reason to buy comics. Talent. Brian K. Vaughan of Y: The Last Man fame crafts an incredible work in what may be the most sublime execution of the storyteller's craft ever.

The world's first and only superhero gives it all up to go into politics, becoming mayor of New York, and inherits a whole new set of problems. The story skips forwards and backwards in time showing you both his career as a superhero and that of a newly elected mayor. This gets you straight into the action and gives you two lots of exhilaration at the same time.

There is politics, racism, current affairs, ethics, as well as mystery and excitement. Both the story and its method of delivery are top notch. There is a diverse range of believable characters as well as a large dollop of social commentary. This is American and the international reader may have to Google a couple of the contemporary and historical figures being bandied about. It is a clever and intelligent work that makes you jog to keep up but won't leave you to fall behind.

The art is solid stuff but the colouring is bizarre. It has been digitally graded and each scene has a particular colour tint to it. Sometimes the whole page is done and sometimes just the background making the characters pop out and giving depth to the whole thing. In isolation this looks peculiar but as a whole this tonal wash is very effective with some wonderful blue-green night scenes.

There are seven pages of behind the scenes art showing that each panel is posed by actors, photographed, pencil traced, inked and then coloured. This is quite an unusual process and a real learning experience to view.

Because I can't find fault with it, and can clearly see why it won a whole bunch of awards, this gets the coveted Double Thumbs Up!
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on 13 June 2015
Along with everything else this man writes, it's a must.
He has a knack of making me feel I've just watched a great T.V series, the one you marathon watch because it's that good you cant put it down.
Harris too ya ledge! one of my fav artists?
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Here's a novel scenario: the world's first superhero gives it up to become a politican.

Engineer mitchell hundred comes into contact with an alien device, and it gives him the ability to talk to machines and to make them do what he tells them. He becomes a superhero. After a while he decides he can do more good in politics, so he runs for election as mayor of new york.

Something happens to boost his popularity [a stunning development. I won't spoil it]. And he wins the election.

The story - and this is just the first volume in an ongoing series - flashes back and forth between his experiences as mayor, as he tries to run the city from the viewpoint of an engineer rather than a career politician, and his days as a superhero.

Mitchell is an appealing and likeable character who tries his best to do the right thing, and he is surrounded by a well drawn supporting cast.

This is a very original and different comic, and it has some excellent artwork. Highly recommended
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on 13 March 2015
Bloody amazing series. Worth checking out. Gripping story, interesting characters, fabulous artwork and a story with lots of twists and turns. Can't wait to read book 2.
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on 21 February 2015
Great original idea, doesnt do the obvious, the books ending kinda is vague but this volume is strong
decide for yourself if u wish to pursue
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