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Ex Machina, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
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Read from June 15 to 16, 2010

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 appreciated from a political point of view but doesn't really work as a story. (And are we really still at the point where someone being okay with gay marriage deserves a two-page spread? How mad should I be about gay characters who only exist to show how openminded and tolerant the straight characters are?) A decent volume of comics, but a bit of a disappointment.
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