Alex + Ada #1

Alex + Ada #1

Writer: Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn Artist: Jonathan Luna Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 6, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 6
8.0Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

From JONATHAN LUNA (GIRLS, THE SWORD, Spider-Woman, ULTRA) and SARAH VAUGHN (Sparkshooter) comes ALEX + ADA, a sci-fi drama set in the near future. The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But when Ada is dropped into his life, will Alex keep her? This will be JONATHAN LUNA’s return to comics after three years off since the end of THE SWORD!

  • 10
    AiPT! - David Brooke Nov 6, 2013

    What an exceptional comic this is, particularly because it's so well balanced. The art tells so much in the simplest expression, the concept behind this book is compelling and the characters are extremely strong. If you're interested in psychological drama there won't be a better book on the shelf for you than this. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Adam Kelly Nov 6, 2013

    I also really enjoyed the art. From a technical standpoint, it's all very clean and from a storytelling aspect, it really hits home with the portrayal of a very lonely, isolated man in a very connected world. I can't wait to see what Luna and Vaughn have in store for this series. A simple idea was executed brilliantly in this first issue; it was nothing short of spectacular. Books like these are why I read comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Nov 7, 2013

    A potentially great series. We'll have to see what the creators do with future issues, but this has potential to fill that void of thought-provoking comics that has been vacant since Fashion Beast and Punk Rock Jesus ended and since The Unwritten kinda went awry. Definitely check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Florida Geek Scene - Raisa Nov 13, 2013

    Like I said, I can't wait for the next installment. This is a comic that I am PERMANENTLY adding to my list. I recommend it for sure. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Nov 5, 2013

    ALEX + ADA #1 is a fascinating and well done debut issue that most assuredly leaves me wanting more. The main reason for this is that it sketches the life of someone searching for something more, and that something is companionship, which so many of us seek in our lives every day. Moreover, Luna and Vaughn take their time in developing Alex's world and his emotional landscape before setting the stage for his future as Ada arrives in his world, leaving us impatiently waiting to see where this new connection will take them both. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - joedwardlewis Nov 7, 2013

    Either way this first issue is a triumphant return of Luna to comics after a three year absence and is a worthy winner of our Comic of the Week accolade. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - 2 Comic Nerds Nov 7, 2013

    This is a good issue. A cool universe is set up with advanced technology and robots, what more could you ask for? If you like the movie I Robot then this comic is for you Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Melissa Grey Nov 7, 2013

    Luna's art is a touch too simplistic, though his style works in the book's favor on occasion. When Alex's feisty grandmother (who's prone to oversharing when it comes to her amorous adventures with her own android), gifts him with Ada, an X5 of his very own, Luna delivers a six-panel page that shines in its simplicity. With a squeeze of her earlobe, Ada cracks open a single eye, changing Alex's world forever. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Nov 5, 2013

    Vaughn and Luna have crafted a very thought provoking first issue while presenting it in an average Joe Shmoe character. It's that very thing that makes is work so well. The implications of where this story going is vast and there is definitely more here than meets the eye and I can't wait to see what's next. While Alex + Ada surprised me it is well worth picking up and see only great things moving forward with it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Nov 5, 2013

    As a first issue Alex + Ada does a great job of slowly revealing enough to get things started and get the ball rolling. After this issue it does leave you feeling like just the beginning and things could really go anywhere from here and those are the stories that intrigue readers to keep coming back to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ricardo Guajardo Nov 5, 2013

    Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn bring a lot of personality to the cast as the dialogue seems more down to earth and feels fresh compared to other comics that feature dialogue heavy comics. The main character's troubles felt very sympathetic as every reader could relate except the settings help it stand out as it takes place in futuristic society. The art style is impressive for its smooth designs as it gave the characters a unique feel that grabbed my attention. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Nov 6, 2013

    I have a well of praise for the art, and the facial expressions especially, but one must appreciate the delicate storytelling as well. Despite robots and advanced technology being second nature to all these characters, the underlying essence of what drives them so far is so incredibly human. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - NandoPOV Nov 6, 2013

    To be brief, this issue did a good job of trying to make us invest in Alex dull life, and I can say I look forward for the next issue that is coming next month (o the wait). ALEX + ADA is a good first issue. Yes, it does start off simple. But the art and writing of Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn make it more worth it to read. Along with connecting the characters with the readers, makes us wonder if our Grandmother thinks the way Alex's Grandmother does (Ewww). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Nov 7, 2013

    "Alex + Ada" doesn't enthusiastically endear itself to you right from the get-go, but it does welcome you in to the world of a man who has experienced emotional pain. Luna & Vaughn beautifully contrast this universally honest emotional state of being with a fantastical, yet sterile world of tomorrow. Just like Alex's marvelously advanced world does, "Alex + Ada" captures your eye with its simple beauty, then grabs your heart with the sometimes frighteningly identifiable pain of its protagonist. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Nov 7, 2013

    The cliffhanger in "Alex + Ada" is excellent, and I'm hard pressed to imagine a reader that wouldn't be intrigued enough to come back for issue two to see exactly where Luna and Vaughn plan to take this story. On the whole "Alex + Ada" #1 is simply an excellent start to an exciting new book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Nov 12, 2013

    I'm looking forward to issue #2 where we'll likely get some key characterization moments, this is a series that looks like it will build over time, I'm confident in the creators and I'll be there for the duration. Very solid first issue, strong on story and character, but look elsewhere if you're in search of" action-movie" sci-fi. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GoCollect - @jwebbjwebb Nov 12, 2013

    Alex + Ada is a fun read from beginning to end. The art is simple but yet engrossing. Luna allows the emotions of his characters to speak through their eyes. A raised eyebrow here, a slanted eye there and you know what the character is thinking without the use of telepathic implants, which many of the characters employ. It may not be the most thrilling book but there is a hint that with more to come this world Luna and Vaughn have created could be downright scary. The best way to sum it up is you want to see how this all plays out. Who hasnt thought about the future and the technologies that will be available 5, 10, 20+ years down the road. As we embrace the future how do our relationships fit into this new society? Also, there are android sex slaves and who doesnt like android sex slaves! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Addicts - Anubhav Dasgupta Nov 13, 2013

    My main gripe with this comic is that nothing really happens until the cliffhanger and it'll probably read much better in a collection. But it's got me hooked, and I'm looking forward to #2. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Nov 8, 2013

    With an engaging protagonist and a smart sci-fi premise, "Alex + Ada" #1 tells a twisted romantic drama about missed chances and lost connections. With the themes established, I want to know more about Ada and how she will fit into the story. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Nov 7, 2013

    Alex gets an android to live with from his horny grandmother in a tech-saturated future that needs an infusion of something interesting quickly to be good. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Nov 5, 2013

    Comic books are episodic. It's what sets them apart from other printed mediums. Each individual issue must have an arc, just as a larger run or miniseries does. Alex + Ada is definitely a comic book that comes out tomorrow. It is definitely about artificial intelligence in the mold of I, Robot and classic science fiction. But Luna and Vaughn have made their opening issue a non-event, and that's a shame. Read Full Review

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