Ex Machina

Ex Machina

Book 1, The First Hundred Days

Book - 2005
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Set in our modern-day 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 crime-fighting 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 Readers.
Publisher: New York : Wildstorm Productions, c2005
ISBN: 1401206123
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 VAU V.1
Characteristics: ca. 136 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Feister, Tom
Harris, Tony 1969-
Alternative Title: First hundred days


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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.

Oct 26, 2016

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

Mar 08, 2016

Expected more given the plaudits. Pretty slow start so far.

Jun 09, 2015

I like a few of Vaughan's other works but after the first of this series I don't find many aspects that make me want to continue on. It's basically "Preacher" meets "West Wing" albeit he's a mayor and not the president. Fine artwork but no characters or story developments that really stand out. I'm not even really hooked on the mystery of his powers. Maybe it gets better but it might be awhile before I get around to it.

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.

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.

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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