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Ex Machina, Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan
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Apr 18, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: comics, politics, superhero

Another great installment of the continuing adventures of Mitchell Hundred, retired super-hero and mayor of New York. Vaughan continues to deliver a unique mix of political intrigue and adventure in these tales, and he somehow manages to make the story realistic and relevant on many levels.

Mitchell has plenty of headaches in this collection. The Republican national convention to nominate Bush for the 2004 presidential election is coming to New York, and they’ve asked the independent Hundred to give a keynote speech to cash in on his status as a 9/11 hero. Mitchell isn’t a fan of Bush, but thinks it’s his duty as the mayor to be a good host. And since he’s secretly started thinking about a White House bid of his own in the near future, it’s a prime opportunity to get some national exposure for himself.

But a costumed former female fan of Mitchell’s hero persona has begun making dangerous and headline grabbing demonstrations against Bush, and the Republicans are threatening to move the venue if she isn’t arrested. Also, Mitchell has decided to write his own speech and the writer’s block he’s suffering from provides plenty of comedy over the course of the story. And if he doesn't have enough on his plate, the Ku Klux Klan wants to hold a demonstration in NYC, and Mitchell's plan to not allow it by invoking a little used ordinance against wearing masks is going to seem very hypocritical coming from a former masked vigilante.

Any fan of comics, super-heroes, politics or just great stories should check the Ex Machina series.
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