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Ex Machina, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
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May 30, 2009

really liked it
Read in December, 2008

I originally heard of this series through comic-shop word-of-mouth froms years ago, but didn't fully appreciate that sentiment until I read parts on scans_daily. That's where I got sucked in by the pure wit, snark, intelligence, and candor of the characters and the usually iffy post-9-11 storyline.

The illustration, to put it mildly, is stellar, and paired with Vaughn's skill for dialogue, it makes the characters seem intensely real. They're more than two-dimensional plot-dolls, they're people with families, quirks, and tragedies of their own.

The one slip I find in this volume is that Hundred starts out narrating the story (presumably in 2005) but that that drops off and we never hear from it again. However, the nonlinear form of the story makes that kind of thing pretty forgivable.

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