Ex Machina, Volume 1: The First Hundred Days

Ex Machina, Volume 1: The First Hundred Days

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by Brian K. Vaughan
     
 

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Set in our modernday real world, EX MACHINA tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America's first living, breathing superhero after a strange accident gives him amazing powers. Eventually tiring of risking his life merely to help maintain the status quo, Mitchell retires from masked crimefighting and runs for Mayor of New York City, winning

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Set in our modernday real world, EX MACHINA tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America's first living, breathing superhero after a strange accident gives him amazing powers. Eventually tiring of risking his life merely to help maintain the status quo, Mitchell retires from masked crimefighting and runs for Mayor of New York City, winning by a landslide! But Mayor Hundred has to worry about more than just budget problems and an antagonistic governor, especially when a mysterious hooded figure begins assassinating plow drivers during the worst snowstorm in the city's history! SUGGESTED FOR MATURE.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
06/01/2014
Vaughan blends politics and superpowers in this tale of Mitchell Hundred, who becomes mayor of New York City after he stops Flight 175 from crashing on 9/11. Hundred, who has the ability to communicate with mechanical objects, vows not to use his powers in office, transforming himself from a superhero into a crusading politician. (Multivolume, completed series.) (LJ 7/05)
Douglas Wolk
Vaughan ingeniously sets up the entire series as overlapping flashbacks to the beginning of Hundred's term and earlier. As the series opens, it's 2005 and something awful has happened, but we don't know what. The book goes on to suggest that the disaster has something to do with the folly of dressing up in a costume and trying to improve the world as a vigilante, or perhaps the folly of dressing up in a suit and trying to improve the world through politics.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Set somewhere between The West Wing and an alternative future, this tale asks the question: What if the mayor of New York was a superhero? Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) and Harris (Starman) answer with intelligence and dash. In classic superhero origin, Mitchell Hundred is just another civil engineer until an encounter with a glowing light under the Brooklyn Bridge gives him the power to talk to machines. Fast forward three years: after a famed stint as a superhero, Hundred has just been elected mayor of New York and must deal with not only the colorful cast of characters that make up his staff but also a host of crises: a PR disaster set off by an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum; a crippling blizzard; and, most worryingly, a serial killer who's bumping off the city's snow plow drivers. Vaughan cleverly adapts real news stories-New York mayoral politics, the Sensations art scandal-and plausibly fits them into a world where superheroes exist, but are forbidden by the NSA to talk about their powers, while adding surprising twists and turns. Harris's gritty, charismatic characters give the story further appeal. This vastly entertaining first collection should have readers eager to read future volumes. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401206123
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Series:
Ex Machina Series, #1
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
1,179,586
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 10.18(h) x 0.19(d)

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Ex Machina Volume 1: The First Hundred Days 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and its main character. I'll purchase the next volume too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of vaughans better starts
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
I bought this trade for one reason only, Brian K. Vaughan. His work on Y: The Last Man was beyond fantastic and I needed to read more of his work. Here, he along with Tony Harris, throw superheroics and politics together in such a incredible way that you wonder how it hasn't been done so well before now. Harris' art in superb and I loved every panel. This is high brow comics without making the reader feel dumb. There is a mystery plot, an overall origin mystery, normal political back and forth, and intrigue galore. Great stuff! You will not be disappointed.
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