Ex Machina, Volume 1: The First Hundred Days

Ex Machina, Volume 1: The First Hundred Days

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ISBN-13: 9781401206123
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 02/28/2005
Series: Ex Machina Series , #1
Pages: 136
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. 11 reviews.
jgv6442 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I'm a little late to the party when it comes to Ex Machina. The series flew completely under my radar when it first came out in issues. Since that time, I've frequently heard good things about it and thought, "Hm, I should really pick that up," but with all the other titles I follow regularly, I just never got around to it. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I had a Borders gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket and there it was, sitting on the shelf, the first trade. I bought it, and now I've read it and I'm hungry for more.The story of Ex Machina is about a super-hero, calling himself The Great Machine, who decided to give up the costumed life and run for mayor of New York. And he won! Now he's mayor and forced to deal with problems ranging from the murders of city workers to an offensive art exhibit. Interestingly, the super-hero aspect of the story takes a back seat to the political angle. It's a fantastic decision, and makes for a very compelling story. Meanwhile, the hints of our protagonist's career as The Great Machine is given to us in drips and drabs in flashback, small bits to whet our appetite without distracting from the main story (in fact the flashbacks work in service to the main story). What's really impressive is how much the politics in the story is steeped in the real world politics of New York City. It serves to place this story in an almost real world setting.
DoubleL on LibraryThing 8 months ago
this is the best comic book around. it's some of the best writing around, period. and i know i don't have time to read everything but i know this is the best. it's brillant, the writing is out of control, the story line is genius, it combines contempoary events and the world of the super hero in a way no one can ever even hope to emulate. crazy good. cements vaughan as the alan moore of the new millen.
selfnoise on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A New York political thriller with a dash of superhero. Written with Vaughnan's usual panache, and wonderfully penciled by Tony Harris. Vaughan's talent, beyond crackling dialogue, is to create characters that the reader immediately wants to know more about.
cleverusername2 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Ex Machina is a thought-provoking story about the world's only superhero who quickly finds out that it's not as easy as it seems in the comic books, earning Peter Parker-esque derision from the media and police forces of New York City. However, when he uses paranormal ability to communicate with and command electronics to save World Trade Center Tower Two he earns the hearts and minds of the public at large, decides to run for mayor, and beats Bloomberg in a landslide. Quickly he runs into the same morass; leadership over the Five Boroughs proves just as elusive and caustic as his short-lived masked adventurer career. I've been a fan of Tony Harris since the first issues of Starman, and he really shines on this title adding stunning visuals but never outshining Vaughan's masterful storytelling. The nonlinear plot may alienate some readers but left me eager to acquire the next volume to uncover more of Mayor Hundred's mysterious past and chaotic tenure. This is a refreshing, highly political tangent of the deconstructionist superhero genre.
mikewick on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Two powerhouses of modern comics, Brian K. Vaughan from Y: The Last Man fame and Tony Harris, illustrator of Starman, joined forces on a thrilling postmodern superhero story that wrapped up this year. Like all good superheroes Mitchell Hundred received his powers via a freak accident with a piece of alien technology and found that he could communicate with machines. Dubbing himself the ¿Great Machine,¿ Hundred blundered his way through his childhood fantasy of saving the world¿until he saved the second tower of the World Trade Center during the September 11th attacks. What happens after is when the series really gets rolling, however, because he gives up life as a superhero and becomes a servant to the public as the mayor of NYC.
andystehr on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Great book. Super hero goes into politics. I like that the Great Machine is sort of all alone as the only super hero in this world.
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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