Ex Machina

Ex Machina

Vol. 1, The First Hundred Days

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
After growing tired of risking his life, America's first superhero Mitchell Hundred retires from masked crime fighting and runs for mayor of New York City, but he discovers that he has more to worry about than just budget problems.

Publisher: La Jolla, Calif. : WildStorm Productions/DC Comics, c2005
ISBN: 9781401206123
Branch Call Number: GX VAU
Characteristics: [128], 5 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,26 cm.

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HCL_staff_reviews Apr 10, 2020

What would you do if an accident caused you to have a superpower- the ability to talk to machines. You don't know how it happened. You don't really know how to stop it. Would you try and use your powers for good? What if you then discover that you suck at being a superhero- what would you do then? If you're Mitchel Hundred, you decide to run for mayor of New York City.

In this fascinating, complex tale of superpowers and politics real-life problems intermingle with imaginary problems; realistically combining superhero tropes with political drama. Vaughan thought-provoking writing style creates some interesting characters and you will find yourself tantalized by the on-going mystery. The art style isn't always my cup-of-tea; I sometimes have to really concentrate to understand what is happening. And while the main characters are fun, sometimes it feels like he is leaning on stock character-traits to fill in the blanks. Still well worth a read, especially if you are a fan of Vaughan's other works. -- Cassandra J., St. Anthony Library

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danomcd
Aug 09, 2018

I had heard alot about this series so was keen to read it but I agree with many of the other comments. It wasn't executed well and very slow to get started.

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VigilanteReads
Nov 28, 2016

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.

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shortgoose
Oct 26, 2016

The set up for what could develop into an interesting series but this first volume at least is a little slow.

Mark_Daly Feb 23, 2013

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.

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Jean-Pierre Lebel
Mar 19, 2012

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.

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Ubalstecha
Feb 23, 2010

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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