Having said that, the fact that this issue made me want to dig out my back issues of Ex Machina and read the whole thing through again up to this point must mean that the book is doing something right. The 24 issues that the title now has under its belt seem at once too many and too few: you can't quite believe that Vaughan has packed so many good stories, so much character growth and so much development of the overall plot into just 24 months, but there's also a freshness and sharpness to the writing which most titles lose once they get this far into their groove. Seeing as the book is only just reaching its halfway mark (Vaughan has apparently planned around 50 issues), it's too early to say whether Vaughan and Harris will be able to keep the standard so high for the entire run, but there's no sign of either of them flagging yet. If the next 24 issues are going to be as good as the first 24 were, then this is going to go down as one of the all-time great comic series, and I'm not Read Full Review
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