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Ex Machina, Vol. 3: Fact v. Fiction (Ex Machina #3)

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Mayor Mitchell Hundred makes a difficult decision about his own future, becoming part of a shocking trial complicated by the unexpected arrival of an all-new superhero. At the trial's end, the Mayor leaves New York City for the first time since his election to embark on a strange adventure! This third volume of the critically acclaimedseries reprints issues #11-16. Written ...more
Published (first published April 1st 2006)
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Feb 24, 2009 Punk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Graphic Novel. Still good! Mayor Hundred orders a nonsensical crackdown on storefront fortune tellers (Egg MacGuffin anyone?), reports for jury duty, meets a new costumed crusader, and reunites with his mom. Art good! Writing...ah, Brian K. Vaughan, I am sensing your weakness. It starts with "C." Rhymes with schnontinuity? There's no hint of the artifact, and absolutely no followthrough on either this volume's costumed crusader or last volume's repeated assassination attempts, or...whatever went ...more
Jul 11, 2015 Licha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Vol. 3 of 10

Each installemt still deals with political issue of the week but it is getting better as it progresses. My excitement to read them? Meh, still not reaching for the next volume before I even finish the current one.

Mitch: You said dad was a saint. You said he was Atticus Finch!
Mom: He was, nine days out of ten. But maybe Atticus used to beat HIS wife. Thirty chapters of good deeds never tells you a
man's whole story.

Recap to remind myself. ****Warning: possible spoilers ahead**
Callie Rose Tyler
Shit, man, there's no justice. There's just us.

This was not the strongest volume. A mysterious robotic vigilante appears but not much is done with him.

We meet hundred's mother and get some back story, but it doesn't really add anything to the character.

A crime crackdown on fortune tellers...? Who cares?

I did enjoy Hundred's jury duty stint, but then it went off the deep end. I think it would have actually been more interesting if it was just a normal trial, dealing with normal people. Imagine i
Jul 20, 2016 RB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian k. Vaughan's "Ex Machina" series only improves with each volume. In a review for a pervious collection, I made a comparison between this comic and the Sorkin-written "West Wing" television show and it is strange to find that, especially three comics in, this comparison holds: we got story lines that are just dropped, characters from past issues absent, political commentary wrapped in musical dialogue, and a large ensemble working for and against may Hundred. This volume continues the back ...more
Jul 29, 2013 Alicia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the first 5 volumes in one session. Another interesting concept from Brian Vaughan that starts strong and peters out. After reading all of Y: the last man, Pride of Baghdad, several volumes of Runaways, the first volume of Saga and these 5 volumes, I've now realized that his repeating societal themes and plot devices and gender tropes are never gonna float my boat. So meh, and I don't have to do that again.
This is still pretty strong but I wouldn't mind a little more continuity; three shorter story arcs which all feel very separate, with very little comment on prior events (aside from a passing mention of getting some heat from the gay marriage bill). Language is fruity and there's some decent violence here. The artwork is pretty impressive though there are some odd facial poses and expressions. Still, pretty good and definitely keen to keep reading.
Jul 11, 2007 Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Political plot on jury duty and Gulf War Syndrome; Hero plot on vigilantism and father origin issues.
Mar 04, 2017 Cody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vol. 3 took a step back. Someone from Hundred's past returns but is dispatched pretty quickly and the character never amounts to much.

Also, we're given some backstory on Mitch's dad but up to this point I'm not sure if they've earned the catharsis that comes with the revelation.

Not bad, just a lot of undercooked ideas in this volume. Hopefully #4 is better.
Nov 28, 2012 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
(1) Fortune Favors
In this stand-alone issue,Mitchell visits a fortune teller and… nothing much happens.

(2) Fact Vs. Fiction
A new super-hero is sighted in NYC – the Automaton, who claims to have been created by ‘the engineer’ and will continue to operate until his ‘return’. The police commissioner suspects Mitchell, but the mayor denies any involvement. He then tasks Bradbury to find out who this mystery person is. Meanwhile, Mitchell serves jury duty and has to deal with a hostage situation in t
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
Harold Ogle
The next volume in the very adult series, this third book disappointed me a bit. There are two discrete story arcs here, and neither really advanced the plot that I find particularly compelling: the true nature of Mitchell Hundred's powers. So that was frustrating. It's still a page-turner with the weirdly drawn-from-photographs artwork, but the stories, self-contained as they were (one is about a vigilante copycat of The Machine, and the other is about Mitchell finding out some unpleasant facts ...more
Tyler Hill
Jun 06, 2011 Tyler Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
My Vaughan-a-thon continues with this volume of Ex Machina.

Overall, this volume seems a little scatter-shot and unfocused, but in a way that -for whatever reason- feels a little more forgivable than the last volume. Possibly because they cover so much ground here, and possibly because the politics don't seem a clunky this issue. Probably the main reason this volume seems a little scattered is that it is actually two separate storylines.

The first involves Mayor Hundred serving on jury duty, and
Installment three is often about the time when the novelty or curiosity that gets you through the first couple of stories starts to wear out around the edges, and the problems with a concept or treatment of said concept begin to show through. The difficult third album, if you will.

I was a little worried that that might be the case for Ex Machina, which is based around a premise that seems almost too cute to actually work. This 3rd book in the series stood up pretty well, though, and a lot of the
Craig Williams
I struggled on whether or not to give this book 3 or 4 stars, but eventually settled on three because this volume just wasn't as interesting as the previous two. It may be because this volume isn't a whole story arc, so much as it is a series of vignettes: one about Mayor Hundred's decision to crack down on phoney psychics (which was rather silly and sort of pointless); another one about an impostor fighting crime using a personae and technology similar to Hundred's, back when he was a superhero ...more
East Bay J
Jun 01, 2008 East Bay J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
In this episode, Mayor Hundred gets jury duty! Hilarious. Of course it doesn’t turn out to be hilarious at all. The flashbacks keep getting more interesting and the plot has definitely thickened. In Ex Machina: Fact Vs. Fiction, we are introduced to Hundred’s mom and there is a Great Machine imposter on the loose. I didn’t think I would like the political aspects of this series but they are actually interesting and lend a lot to the story. I guess obviously so, considering the main character is ...more
Jun 16, 2010 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bryce Holt
Nov 29, 2010 Bryce Holt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the same sense that I enjoyed his other series, Y:The Last Man, Vaughan is proving that politics (when layered with a touch of superpowers and an abundance of crazy, mischievous characters) can make a better story than I ever would have imagined. What is, by most standards, a fairly simple story (normal man is instilled with special ability by accident, rises to power, dabbles in former life while trying to maintain control of new identity), the political squabbles and infighting is really we ...more
Slightly unpleasant moments here, where Hundred compares going to a psychic to being raped, then runs away from a crazy feminist, but overall, this series is still going good. Hundred is confronted by some questions about his powers he's never thought to ask, and realises what it's like being the law hunting vigilantes instead of being the vigilante. The emotional life of the comic is somewhat wanting. His mother reveals that instead of his dad being some kind of hero, he in fact beat her mercil ...more
Apr 12, 2016 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was probably the best volume so far in the series. I continue to have mixed feelings, but vol. 3 has convinced me to keep reading. While the mature language continues to feel as though its just there because it can be, my biggest issue is that the storyline in "Ex Machina" feels too disconnected. There is a political issue to be examined each time along with a superhero storyline that is often only vaguely related. The themes explored are interesting and the larger story threads that exist ...more
Stephen Theaker
Jul 07, 2008 Stephen Theaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of people noticed that Lost's dramatic return to its very, very best came after Brian K. Vaughan joined the writing team. Whether the two events were connected as cause and effect is impossible for anyone not working on the programme to know for sure, but the strength and confidence of the serialised storytelling in this book (and in Y: the Last Man and Runaways) certainly suggests as much.

I enjoyed this story of a second-rate superhero turned mayor so much that I almost regretted Vaughan
Dec 08, 2016 Mouse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3rd book I've read in the series and it's just not grabbing me. Once again we're dealing with the political issue of the week and unfortunately this one starts off week by having Mayor 100 put the squeeze on neighborhood fortune tellers! WTF? Yah, you read that right!
The art is good, the writing is very adult, there's moments of comedy, and there's sort of a cool retro feel when they show him in costume but I feel this series just has so much more that it can deliver and it keeps kinda falling
Apr 16, 2012 Ubalstecha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mayor Mitchell Hundred is called for jury duty. Ignoring his staff's suggestion to get out of it, Mayor Hundred finds himself sitting in on a criminal case. But the real excitement happens when one of the other jurors has other plans for the Mayor in mind. The B plot of this volume find Kremlin and Brayburn skulking around trying to find out how gave the Automaton the weapons that are reminiscent of Mayor Mitchell's old tools. Finally, we find out more about Hundred's mother and father in a stor ...more
Jan 07, 2011 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Properly a 3.5 stars, rounded up because I'm feeling generous. Three stars wouldn't be because of any faults of this book itself, but rather that it lacks the same sense of scale its predecessor had.

Vaughan switches track a bit in this volume - instead of one long story, it's a collection of shorter pieces all roughly connected with the thematic threads of legacy and truth. In some ways it almost felt like a throwback to the days when trade collections weren't an industry standard, and publisher
Jan 12, 2011 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm starting to wonder why this series got such high marks from critics... Vaughan's writing style is definitely compelling, but the two plots in this volume were not all that interesting. The new superhero storyline was so transparent you knew where it was going as soon as the setup was introduced. Then the jury duty storyline... it got a bit too far-fetched for me (yes, I realize I am using "far-fetched" as a criticism of a story about an ex-superhero), especially when Vaughan is trying to kee ...more
Okay, seriously, I'm not a Brian K. Vaughan stalker, but it's fascinating watching him progress as an author as I tear through years of his work. In this third volume in the Ex Machina series, the storyline keeps the same mix of political issues, crime mystery, and scifi powers, but digs deeper into Hundred's personal life and gets a bit meta with the comic-book-come-to-life meme. Some interesting questions about who has a right to be a vigilante arise, as is common in modern hero stories, but ...more
Nov 01, 2011 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mitchell Hundred's thrid volume delves into the realm of public service on two fronts. In the main story, Mayor Hundred finds himself dealing with the unfortunate task of jury duty; one of his fellow jurors uses the opportunity to gain an audience with the NYC mayor. As this occurs, a mysterious android Great Machine is popping up and looking to take the place of the original. While both stories show promise, the resolution to the Automaton story was easily deciphered. Still, the saga of the Gre ...more
Oliver Hodson
Jan 19, 2016 Oliver Hodson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume was a bit flatter than the others, although it was kind of a cool way to introduce Mitch's past and fill out a few relationships. Although it's still unclear where his romantic interests lie the relationship with the police commissioner is nicely edgy.

I think kremlin is working up to something big, but not sure how.
I do like how vaughan always manages to put in a few interesting twists and even when moving the plot in a pretty predictable way manages to make the details interesting.
Feather Mista
Dec 27, 2011 Feather Mista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans del guionista y de las ucronías
Recommended to Feather by: Lo mismo
Quizás no sea un tomo excelente, pero está tan bien llevado toda la parte política mezclada con la policial, mezclada con la genérica (en cuanto al género de superhéroes, ya que acá aparece otro enmascarado más) que, sumados al dibujo del genio de Harris, no puedo sino promediar para arriba. Genial también el origen del robot supuestamente creado por la Gran Máquina para que le sirviera de sucesor. Eso sí, la próxima, como dije con Scott Pilgrim, espero no tardarme tantos meses en escribir la re ...more
I was a little afraid I'd forgotten too much and wouldn't be able to pick it back up. Silly me. I got right back into the story with no problems, even when they messed me about by changing the time in the story. Clever stuff. I love the comic shop, and the childish arguments over abandoned plotlines (never an issue for me, I was a fan of horror comics with no through story, but I've known people who could argue about beloved series).

Good stuff. Now I can't wait to read the rest.

Library copy.
Robert Hudder
Jun 19, 2016 Robert Hudder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third volume has more arc than the two previous volumes. Ruminations on civic duty, vigilantism and domestic violence. Some interesting bits when you think about common sense solutions. While some of the politics suggests that these things can be cut but going down the middle or choosing one side or the other, the early volumes warned about how doing some good can cause problems elsewhere.

It does make me wonder how the mayor's term will end. Already there have been a few assassination attempts.
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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. 2: Tag (Ex Machina, #2)
  • 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)
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