Ex Machina #1

Ex Machina #1

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Tony Harris, Tom Feister Publisher: Wildstorm Critic Reviews: 3
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  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Jun 26, 2004

    Tony Harris was one half of the creative team that created "Starman", one of my favourite series to emerge out of the 1990s, and as such he's amassed a great deal of good will in my books. However, it also doesn't hurt that he's a very sound artist with a solid grasp on all the fundamentals of good art, as his characters are quite expressive, and they never look like they are posing, but rather they move about the panels with a seeming effortless grace. Plus, the opening and closing images make for powerful images, with the impact of the opening page gaining far more importance when we get a look at the final page. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Oct 22, 2007

    Hundred's sci-fi power makes for an interesting contrast with the spirituality of the Vatican and the classic architecture that serves as the backdrop for this story. Also intriguing is the fact that such different entities have a powerful commonality: are both beings of great political power and responsibility. Really, this story arc is about the fundamental differences between the secular and spiritual worlds and how they hide common ground. Serving as a symbol of that approach to the storytelling is the story arc's title - "Ex Cathedra" - which is a religious play on the title of this series; it's different but similar. Vaughan's script achieves an excellent balance between the theological theory exposed at the end of the issue and more everyday, down-to-earth concerns. Hundred's banter with Bradbury early on in the story enables us to see the hero as an everyman, and his awestruck reactions to physical structure of the Vatican and its inner workings allows the reader to walk in his Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Jun 19, 2004

    While Ex Machina does feature some originality, it acts more as a gloss to cover the anti-hero campaign in comic books. The fictional Mayor of New York doesn't really come off as alive. He mirrors the author's knowledge of political and historical esoterica when not brooding about what he feels are shortcomings. All in all, I'd rather watch repeats of Spin-City. Read Full Review

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