The combination of smart writing and attractive, expressive art keeps people coming back to this book. The bigger moments are carried off perfectly by penciller Tony Harris, but he manages equally well with the more subtle stuff too; a good example is the panel in which Mitch complains that the city is losing all its best old architecture, set against the silhouetted background of the World Trade Centre prior to its semi-destruction (despite Hundred's best efforts). Touches like these mark the book out as sophisticated, even when it's not dealing with more overtly intellectual themes, and issues like this one reinforce the importance of complex human interaction to Ex Machina - an element which is often overlooked when people pigeonhole it as a "political" book. Despite the growing sense that Bradbury is troubled and unhappy in his relationship with Hundred, we see some tender moments of friendship between the pair, too - including a great line about why Mitch would ever want to be Read Full Review
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