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Ex Machina, #2: La marca (Ex Machina #2)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  5,206 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Ganadora de varios Premios Eisner, esta serie se ha convertido en uno de los cómics más sorprendentes del momento, aunando un éxito de público y crítica que lo ha convertido en un cómic imprescindible en cualquier biblioteca.
Mitchell Hundred va a descubrir que ser el nuevo alcalde de Nueva York es más peligroso que ser un superhéroe. En este número será acusado injustament
Paperback, Colección Wildstorm Signature, 128 pages
Published by Norma Editorial (Wildstorm Comics) (first published September 1st 2005)
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Vol 2 of 10.

I hope this doesn't turn into a "tackle the political issue of the week" series.

Recap to remind myself what this volume was about. ****Possible spoilers ahead****:

--Jackson from the NSA (National Security Agency) becomes fast friends with Mitch after being assgined to help decipher the piece of shrapnel Mitch found in the river when he had the accident that gave him the power to command all machines. Jakcson, his child, wife and dog are found murdered, both Jackson and his dog evisc
The second volume improves immensely on the first. Mitchell Hundred really gains some much needed characterization and there is a lot more delving into what his powers can do as opposed to the first.
I'm giving this 3 stars for the plot twist, but overall it wasn't as great as Vol. 1. It's really interesting, because the main issue in this book is that Mayor Hundred is officiating a wedding ceremony between two men and there was a lot of arguments about the constitution and how it was effect his career to publicly be in support of gay marriage. It's interesting because it's finally a nonissue in the US. And to read this days after the Supreme Court ruling was illuminating. Overall Brian K. V ...more
It's interesting reading this older series from Brian K. Vaughan, the writer of the amazing Saga series. There are a lot of similarities between the two, but in Ex Machina the soapbox tends to be a bit more obvious, the flashback transitions less nuanced, and the storyline a bit more formulaic. In each volume thus far there's a major present tense political event (marriage equality in this one), a mysterious sci-fi event tied to Hundred's powers, and a flashback or two that provide both backst ...more
Once, I read the first volume of this series and thought it was ok, but not up to my usually-high expectations for Vaughan. I don't know what was wrong with me--this series is really fantastic. Vaughan manages to do 3 stories simultaneously: the West Wing-style political story (in this episode: gay marriage!), the superhero fallout story (in this episode: a maniac killer in the subway), and the flashbacks (in this episode, Hundred works for the NSA or the CIA or something). Anyway, I blazed thro ...more
Reprints Ex Machina #6-10 (January 2005-June 2005). There is a killer loose in the city and the killer has ties to Hundred’s origin as symbols from the device that gave him power begin to pop-up…and drive people mad. Hundred is also dealing with political problems. The school system is struggling and Hundred has decided to take on the fight of gay marriage by deciding to wed the brother of his Deputy Mayor Wylie. Hundred might not even make it to the ceremony as he finds himself the target of th ...more
Jimmy Williams
Grown man topics is something you gotta deal with, No matter how many super powers you love it ain’t gonna equal up to this real shit....

Let me just start by saying this is the best “Graphic Novel” I have ever read. I wouldn’t even call this a comic. I know that there is a difference between a comic and a graphic novel but I’ve also seen the terms use interchangeably but this piece of work is too great to be called anything else. I read “Y The Last Man” so I was a fan of Brian K Vaughn (Although
Stephen Theaker
I'm reading these out of order as I get them from the library (thank you Birmingham Libraries and your online reservation system - it's like a completely free version of Amazon), so I came to this having only read volume three, Fact v. Fiction. I'm usually fairly precious about reading things in order - it's a luxury of having had enough money to buy the things I want. But since making my boring vow to not buy any new books I've had to reappraise my way of going about things. It doesn't work out ...more
Some weird symbols are sighted in the subway tunnels and causing some people to behave strangely, while at the mayor’s office a debate is going on about gays having the right (or not) to legally marry their partner. Mitchell’s NSA ‘handler’ goes missing after his family is killed and all the evidence points to him (the handler, not Mitchell) as the prime suspect.

Some more information is provided in regards to Mitchell's powers and the plot twist at the tail end of the arc really caught me by sur
Tyler Hill
While this issue was definitely denser and got more into the meat-and-potatoes of what this series is, I found that I didn't enjoy it as much as I did the first one. Most likely, this was because the two storylines never really seem to come together in a meaningful way, creating the feeling that we are flipping back and forth between two similar, but unrelated TV shows. The first (and arguably main) storyline involves a series of grisly murders and suicides that are somehow related to mysterious ...more
Part of me thinks I should just bypass the first volume of graphic novel series, because it seems that they're always just about setting up the premise, and the real meat of the story starts in the second volume. That's definitely the case here, where Vaughan really starts to meld the two aspects of his story (the superhero comics aspect and the political aspect).

Mitchell Hundred, current NYC mayor and former superhero, has a problem. After the tragedy of September 11th, he promised the firefigh
All writers have their writing tics, and Brian Vaughan's rather well-known one is a tendency for all his characters, all the time, to be dropping random factoids like dandruff. As tics go, I'm quite easy on this one (being very fond both of random factoids and of assaulting innocent bystanders with them at any opportunity), but it can start to grate even on me. Luckily, if BKV can't actually stop himself from spilling out the encyclopedia, he at least is pretty good at building characters for wh ...more
Harold Ogle
This is a fine continuation of Vaughan's first volume, advancing both stories (past and present) of Mitchell Hundred (formerly "The Machine") in a similar chronologically-jumping way to what he used in the first volume. In this one, Hundred continues to work as mayor in one timeline (the present) while phasing out of being a superhero and then starting to run for mayor in the other (the past).

The geek in me would love to imagine that comics somehow influence history, and that the mayor of San F
What can I say, this series just keeps getting better. Brian K Vaughan is my new hero, up there with Gaiman, Moore, and Ellis. This guy and Bill Willingham are the two biggest things in comics right now in my opinion. And let me not forget to mention the beautiful art of Tony Harris, without which this whole series wouldn't be nearly as awesome as it is. This team is like music to my eyes and brain. This is a super-powered kind of West Wing that I love to read and feel really has something to sa ...more
Graphic Novel. Mitchell Hundred, ex-superhero mayor of New York City, stirs up a same-sex marriage controversy, has several attempts made on his life, and learns more about the artifact that gave him his powers.

This series continues to be good. We've got the start of what looks like a mytharc -- mysterious symbols!...other stuff! -- and some background on Hundred's life as The Great Machine and his campaign for mayor. The writing has a sense of humor and the dialogue all sounds real. The art is
A little better than the first installment, but... ok, so as a super-hero comic, there's little original here. The hero is a familiar amalgam from origin to powers. Pretty sure he's not the first hero to be put in an elected office, either. So we're left with voice and plot to compel. Vaughn's voice suits comics well and is easy to digest. It's not a far stretch from Y. However, in Y, when the dialog veers into political and societal debate (which it does often), it works, because the characters ...more
Jason McKinney
I really like this series. It's not as good as Vaughn's Y: The Last Man, but really, what is? This second book isn't quite up there with the first one in the series, although it entertains with its continuing combination of NYC politics and superhero goings-on. It also has what might become a pretty interesting romantic angle in the form of a relationship between Mayor Hundred and a savvy reporter.
Ok, I wasn't exactly impressed with the first volume, but I decided to give the next one a shot. End result, I am glad that I did. The book isn't even remotely close to your standard super hero book, but instead explores an interesting "what if?" scenario of somebody with heroic type powers becoming a public official and tackling social issues of the day. In some ways this is very similar to other works by the same author and I suspect that this is a writing technique that he freely employs with ...more
The second volume of Ex Machina collects five single issues (#6-#10) of the Ex Machina monthly comic book.
This volume was more interesting than the first one, and the three plots that are interconnected are done really well.
The art is exactly the same as it was in the first volume, which is a great thing because it fits the story really well.
Overall, this is a great volume of a pretty interesting comic book series, that leaves you looking forward to the next volume.
Like the first, this volume of Ex Machina mixes two plotlines, one about Mayor Hundred's past and mysterious powers and one about the political trials he faces as mayor of New York. The former is a good deal more successful than the latter, even if it doesn't provide a whole lot of answers. I'll admit to being intruiged as to the source of Hundred's powers and what will happen next. On the other hand, the gay marriage plotline doesn't seem to serve any purpose other than a soapbox, which is appr ...more
Brian K. Vaughan, need I explain more? Ex Machina is written by a talented writer and sketched by an equally talented artist. The story is wonderful, albeit at times a slog; the characters are also rich, and complicated beings. The arcs feel a little contrived, and felt forced to move the plot along, but overall Ex Machina was still a lovely, lovely read.
Really enjoyable! I actually thought volume 2 was better than volume 1 - more humor, more time with some good characters, political relevance (even tho written ten years ago), and a murder mystery. Liking this character of Hundred quite a lot -- he's taking on a third dimension that is interesting. Snappy dialogue, too.
Stewart Tame
Really liking this series. Among other topics, the subject of gay marriage is touched upon. I thought Vaughan handled it really well, at least from the political end of things. As before, we get bits and pieces of the pre-mayoral days handed out to us as necessary. I'm keen to see where this is all going.
Yet again, meh. I tried Volume 2 to see if I could get into the series, and I just cannot. It juxtaposes politics with gore, when in reality I would appreciate some sort of plotline. The series seems to build off of flipping between the past and present, which in the end does not a plot make.
Craig Williams
The story of former superhero turned mayor of NYC, Mitchell Hundred, continues in this rather gristly, but very entertaining, volume. I love how seamlessly the story jumps from past to present, ala Lost. The questions surrounding how Mayor Hundred received his powers are certainly becoming more interesting, especially considering that the source of his powers may not be altogether benevolent. I mean, a mysterious force that can compel someone to murder their family, and other innocent people, is ...more
Nose in a book (Kate)
This definitely falls more on the complex political/sci-fi/fantasy drama side of things, though it’s not without comedy moments. Mayor Hundred continues to grapple with the politics of running New York City (gay marriage and some disturbing deaths) while flashbacks fill in more of his history as a superhero. There were some truly chilling scenes in this but I absolutely want to continue reading the series (which is best, seeing as I bought the whole set!).
Adam Smith
Wow! This second volume really kicked ass. There's really no other way to say it. The series has taken a turn towards the truly weird and I'm super digging it. No more volumes for right now, but I'm going to get the next one as soon as I can.
Well... better than the first volume, but still feels a bit unpolished. I'm sure that a lot of the open, unexplained things (such as the painted symbols, some of Hundred's activities before his mayorship, etc.) will eventually come to play a part in the story, but it's hard to go with the main thrust of this volume when you get no real explanation or even an inkling of one for why the antagonist does what she does. Yes, it has to do with the symbols and token, but let's explore that. I'm sure it ...more
Ex Machina is my least favorite Vaughn comic, it feels a little dated and weirdly disjointed but I'm still enjoying it quite a lot. It's just not quite as universally mind blowing as Y or Saga.
East Bay J
The adventures of Mayor Hundred continue. I like the flashback style of filling in details from this story’s past. I think it works really well for this book. The mysterious source of Hundred’s power continues to wreak havoc in his life and the lives of those around him. Vaughan paces the action and the information in a fun, suspenseful way. The plot twists are surprising. And the way Hundred uses his power are always cool. It’s a cool power! You could turn off car alarms that wake you up, shut ...more
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Born in Cleveland in 1976, Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award-winning writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed comics series Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and Ex Machina (picked as one of the ten best works of fiction of 2005 by Entertainment Weekly).

Recently named "Writer of the Year" by Wizard Magazine, and one of the “top ten comic writers of all time” by Comic Boo
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Ex Machina (10 books)
  • Ex Machina, Vol. 1: The First Hundred Days (Ex Machina, #1)
  • Ex Machina, Vol. 3: Fact v. Fiction  (Ex Machina, #3)
  • Ex Machina, Vol. 4: March to War (Ex Machina, #4)
  • Ex Machina, Vol. 5: Smoke, Smoke (Ex Machina, #5)
  • Ex Machina, Vol. 6: Power Down (Ex Machina, #6)
  • Ex Machina, Vol. 7: Ex Cathedra (Ex Machina, #7)
  • Ex Machina, Vol. 8: Dirty Tricks (Ex Machina, #8)
  • Ex Machina, Vol. 9: Ring Out the Old (Ex Machina, #9)
  • Ex Machina, Vol. 10: Term Limits (Ex Machina, #10)
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