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Ex Machina, Vol. 3: Fact v. Fiction

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Set in our modern-day real world, Ex Machina tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America's first living, breathing superhero after a strange accident gives him amazing powers. Eventually tiring of risking his life merely to help maintain the status quo, Mitchell retires from masked crime-fighting and runs for Mayor of New York City, winning by a Set in our modern-day real world, Ex Machina tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America's first living, breathing superhero after a strange accident gives him amazing powers. Eventually tiring of risking his life merely to help maintain the status quo, Mitchell retires from masked crime-fighting and runs for Mayor of New York City, winning by a landslide! But Mayor Hundred has to worry about more than just budget problems and an antagonistic governor, especially when a mysterious hooded figure begins assassinating plow drivers during the worst snowstorm in the city's history! Suggested For Mature Readers.


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Set in our modern-day real world, Ex Machina tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America's first living, breathing superhero after a strange accident gives him amazing powers. Eventually tiring of risking his life merely to help maintain the status quo, Mitchell retires from masked crime-fighting and runs for Mayor of New York City, winning by a Set in our modern-day real world, Ex Machina tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America's first living, breathing superhero after a strange accident gives him amazing powers. Eventually tiring of risking his life merely to help maintain the status quo, Mitchell retires from masked crime-fighting and runs for Mayor of New York City, winning by a landslide! But Mayor Hundred has to worry about more than just budget problems and an antagonistic governor, especially when a mysterious hooded figure begins assassinating plow drivers during the worst snowstorm in the city's history! Suggested For Mature Readers.

30 review for Ex Machina, Vol. 3: Fact v. Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristy K

    Not quite sure where this series is going, but for now I'll keep on reading.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donovan

    In volume three, BKV finally digs into Mayor Mitchell Hundred's past and it's fantastic. We get to see his parents and his (presumably Vaughan's) love of comics in some much-appreciated meta fiction. And Vaughan continues to hint at Hundred's sexuality, but that still remains a mystery. The action, dialog, and artwork don't disappoint. A masterful series!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aldo Haegemans

    So many things Yet to be revealed. But that's What makes it good!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Finally see what's up with Bradbury. And still with the conspiring against Hundred. Good twisty plot about pot and firemen. Then I get a jolt of Canuck love: Between this reference and his later Stand On Guard For Thee series, I wondered if Vaughan had a Canadian bloodline. Turns out it's close - his wife is from Ottawa, Canada's capital city. No wonder I like this dude so much.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Licha

    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. Quote: 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* 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. Quote: 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****: --There's a new wanna-be hero in town trying to fill in on the Great Machine's absence. Aside: I don't know that I like The Great Machine as a superhero name. It doesn't roll off the tongue nicely. --Mayor Mitch Hundred is playing jury duty in this issue. Of course he's going to run into a problem here. One of the potential jurors recognizes TGM and wants TGM to cure him of his ailment. While serving in the war, this juror came upon a chasm where he detected something (maybe the same thing Mitch saw in the river that gave him his powers?) Unlike Mitch, who got the power to talk to machines and control them, this juror constantly has machines talking to him all at the same time. The noise is driving him mad. Knowing TGM is not going to help him, he takes the oldest juror member, an elderly lady, hostage. --The book starts off with one of the issues needing to be addressed being fortune tellers. It really never goes anywhere, but Mitch's involvement in 9/11 is hinted at while visiting a fortune teller. We discover Mitch was able to stop the second plane from hitting the second tower. This sounds intriguing and I'm curious to see where this is going to go. --We catch up with Mitch's mom, now living in a tráiler home. Mom makes an incredible revelation to Mitch about his father's death. I'm hoping we are getting a little bit closer to some background story on. Less politics would be great.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Punk

    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 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 down in the volume before. Where'd my mytharc go? These MOTW stories are a little too self-contained. Still good! But the cracks are starting to show. I'll just have to put my continuity goggles on. They block the impulse to care about such things. See also The X-Files. (Damn, you Chris Carter, I am STILL mad.) Uh, four stars for the usual: diverse characters, realistic dialogue, a superhero/mayor with real problems, and realistic dialogue.

  7. 4 out of 5

    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 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 if Clark Kent were in 12 Angry Men, or Tony Stark, doesn't that sound entertaining? Maybe its just me. Overall, good not great. Felt like filler to me, nothing meaty.

  8. 5 out of 5

    RB

    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 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 and forth narration, going from modern day and, in this case, all the way back to childhood, but what Mr Vaughan achieves with the mother material is heartbreaking and opens up more about our still rather mysterious protagonist. The artwork is gorgeous, be it the crazy colours of the courtroom or the more desaturated tones, there is always a surprise when the reader turns the page and a sense that this comic cannot get any better but refuses to let up in every way. A quick, fun, witty, and insightful read aided by lush illustrations put "Ex Machina" at the top of the superhero fable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    Political plot on jury duty and Gulf War Syndrome; Hero plot on vigilantism and father origin issues.

  11. 5 out of 5

    PvOberstein

    Volume three of Brian K. Vaughan’s Ex Machina series is good, if a little disjointed. While there’s the usual enjoyable mix of municipal politics and superhero antics, I have a sneaking suspicions the issues collected weren’t necessarily planned as one cohesive narrative, but rather as a series of one-shots. (Spoilers for something over a decade old below.) There’re a few interesting narrative arcs this volume. The most obvious one revolves around an aspiring imitator to Mayor Hundred’s now-shelv Volume three of Brian K. Vaughan’s Ex Machina series is good, if a little disjointed. While there’s the usual enjoyable mix of municipal politics and superhero antics, I have a sneaking suspicions the issues collected weren’t necessarily planned as one cohesive narrative, but rather as a series of one-shots. (Spoilers for something over a decade old below.) There’re a few interesting narrative arcs this volume. The most obvious one revolves around an aspiring imitator to Mayor Hundred’s now-shelved superhero persona, which draws explicit comparisons to Adventure Comics #265 and Superman’s Silver Age robots. (Comic book artist knows his comic book history, unsurprisingly). This is the closest to forming a unified theme of the volume - people creating stories and images to get them through life. It reoccurs with a schizophrenic juror convinced he has some manifestation of Gulf War syndrome, and again with Hundred’s mother telling him about the mythology she created for his father. But they all just kind of ‘pop up’, feeling more episodic than as part of a broader narrative. All in all - still interesting, but lacking some of the umpf of earlier issues. Also, I know this was written in 2006, but the references to Donald Trump keep slapping me like a limp fish.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alex Lawless

    I'd heard a lot of buzz about this series, and I really enjoy Brian K. Vaughan's previous work, so I decided I had to check this series out. I'll echo the same sentiment I had in my review of volumes 1 and 2: I'm just kind of disappointed. It has a lot of potential, and there are some really interesting nuggets here. The main character can talk to machinery due to a freak accident, was a crime fighter (now the mayor of New York), and he's a 9/11 hero (view spoiler)[ (having saved one of the Two I'd heard a lot of buzz about this series, and I really enjoy Brian K. Vaughan's previous work, so I decided I had to check this series out. I'll echo the same sentiment I had in my review of volumes 1 and 2: I'm just kind of disappointed. It has a lot of potential, and there are some really interesting nuggets here. The main character can talk to machinery due to a freak accident, was a crime fighter (now the mayor of New York), and he's a 9/11 hero (view spoiler)[ (having saved one of the Two Towers from crashing) (hide spoiler)] . So as you can see, there's some interesting stuff going on. The problem is, it's just not going anywhere. The time hops make the story line more convoluted than it needs to be, and the volumes read more as a one-off, "monster of the week" scenario rather than an overarching story. I already have volumes 4 and 5, so I'll be reading those as well, but I really can't see myself going further than that.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Noah Appelbaum

    I don't know what it particularly is about this comic that I like so much, but I just want to keep reading it forever. It's like lighthearted former-superhero West Wing. And that includes the bad, television-y parts of West Wing (they're there; you just made yourself forget them). The last issue with the family stuff and the two-bit, two-dimensional hick gangsters is like dumb Preacher-lite, and Hundred continues to call forth the occasional, unfortunate in-head comparison to contemporary white l I don't know what it particularly is about this comic that I like so much, but I just want to keep reading it forever. It's like lighthearted former-superhero West Wing. And that includes the bad, television-y parts of West Wing (they're there; you just made yourself forget them). The last issue with the family stuff and the two-bit, two-dimensional hick gangsters is like dumb Preacher-lite, and Hundred continues to call forth the occasional, unfortunate in-head comparison to contemporary white libertarian dingi, but I just love him and everyone else so much that I can't help but forgive the bad parts.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Neville Ridley-smith

    Enjoyed this one. Same comments I made reviewing volumes 1 and 2 still stand. First story was whatever. Second story about jury duty, mixed with the flashbacks about comic buying with friends was good. I love some of the stuff going on in the background - like when Raymond meets back up with the head of security. Last story was enjoyable. Nice backstory. And no more info on the green symbol thingy from the last volume...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dopeimmortalsoul

    In this book hundred faces the death of her relationship secretary and then he looks back at what he has gone through and how he became the superhero he was. He defeats the guys that talks to animals (i dont remember how tbh, but it was easier than i thiugh) and then this guy that is a space traveler visits him in a weird way and warns him of an invation from people? Maybe the martians and the things that started to came out in the subway in the last volume. Lets see.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gerald

    There are a couple great issues in here – almost enough to lift the volume to four stars – but the rest is a bit bland. Nothing wrong, but just solid instead of the real gripping stuff of volume 1. I'm going to keep going, but I'm looking for more from vol. 4. There are too many great comics I haven't read to stick with interesting premise but average execution.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm

    Raises the possibility that New Zealand is on a different planet. Or maybe I read that wrong. We see how the Great Machine diverted the second jet and saved a Tower. Kremlin, Mitchell's mother and January, the sister of the late Journal, all seem to be in a conspiracy to get him back in his super suit. As always, its a fun ride.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Matej

    I want to like this comic book series more, but all the political stuff is making it hard, I'm just not feeling it. I'm giving it a shot one more time with the next volume, but I'm afraid that it will be the last one, I think I will be sticking with the rest of the amazing Brian K Vaughan comics that I adore.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dustin Riedesel

    A little outdated in terms of progressive political ideas, but still relevant in grappling with real-world problems from the middle. Stories are interesting and the long arc has kept me reading through all the volumes I can find oncomixology.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Desira

    I enjoy these a lot, love the other comics by same.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Ignore the people whining about politics. This is a thoughtful, intriguing story...if it doesn't make you think or wonder that's going to happen next, well...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    Please keep making more! I will give you my money!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I love this series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    I still don't like the way the story is being told, but the crumbs of interest are getting larger.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Libra

    This is the least exciting volume thus far, but interesting twist of events if Ex Machina really existed.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    I love this series and in my re-read I'm remembering how dark the book could go. An edgier West Wing crossed with superheroics.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Steven Werber

    Great series!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bosco Farr

    Not his best work but stellar none the less.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kiril Galunski

    Keeps getting better and better. This arch almost got my 5 stars.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cody

    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.

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