The premise of this series is utterly inspired: The world's only superhero, a man with the ability to talk to machines, retires to become mayor of New York City. There's intrigue and action mixed with political maneuvering--West Wing Lite, you might say.
The art is a bit dark for my tastes, but not bad. The writing is excellent, full of wit and wordplay. And yet the comics don't quite have that epic page-turner quality that Brian K. Vaughan's Y: The Last Man has in spades.
Still, Ex Machina is a graphic novel that shouldn't be overlooked. I look forward to Volume 2.
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Dreamwatch Issue 120, review by Nick Jones: " Ex Machina is proof of something many of us had fervently hoped: That Y -the Last Man wasn't a fluke, as writer Brian K. Vaughan has plenty more where that came from."; The List 17-31 March 2005: " ...this is about intelligent thrills first..."; www brokenfrontier.com Feb 15th 2005: " Vaughan has come up with another winner with Ex machina."; www sci-fi-online.com March 2005, review by Nick Smithson:" ...a damn fine collection."--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.