Alex + Ada #4

Writer: Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn Artist: Jonathan Luna Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 19, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 7
8.5Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

Alex makes a decision that will change Ada forever.

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Feb 19, 2014

    At the end of #3 Alex found a forum where he could talk about android sentience. The visualization of this forum in this issue was wonderful. The people Alex interacts with and the decisions he makes are key elements to the character development story arc Luna and Vaughn are creating here. I like Alex as a person, I care about him and I love the fact that Luna and Vaughn have made me care. There's not a lot more I can say without spoiling the issue, but the series has been building to this since the beginning and the last page is the moment we've been waiting for, a perfect cliffhanger to keep me on the edge of my seat until next month. Alex + Ada just moved up into my "Top 12" current series" I need to go update the web-site. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Feb 18, 2014

    The book is dialogue heavy to be sure but through it we get the exposition without the inner dialogue of a single character making all this information flow more naturally. Alex + Ada is not about the bells and whistles and I think that's the beauty of the story. Alex is a very likeable character and you can't help to feel his sympathy toward Ada and the possibility of unlocking and freeing someone to be themselves and see the world for what they want and not what they are told to be. It's truly a terrific character study and by the end you'll be hooked at what will come next. This is a great story, with great heart and character and one I highly recommend from Luna and Vaughn. Image has a winner with Alex + Ada. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Feb 20, 2014

    If you havent read Alex + Ada yet, see if you can pick up the previous three issues at your local comics shop. If you cant find them that way, I encourage you to purchase the digital versions. Now, wouldnt it be perfectly appropriate to read this story on your iPad? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Ani Gonzalez Feb 19, 2014

    Alex + Ada # 4, published by Image Comics, the story continues to capture me, lets see where are we going. Rating 9/10 Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Steven Merced Feb 19, 2014

    In the end Alex + Ada #4was a good issue that progresses the story even further. We learn more about Alex and Ada and what the possible consequences of his actions could be. For some the series may be going to slow and it could be looked at as extremely boring, but to me it's just phenomenal writing. Alex + Ada is a must read because it gives us a character we sympathize with, a situation that leaves us with thoughts of how we would handle it and a well structured world filled with amazing ideas. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Feb 19, 2014

    Alex + Ada #4 is a good issue of the series, accomplishing a lot through its simple and restrained style of storytelling and artwork. Those who have thought the series has been dragging up to this point will definitely like this change of pace as things start to change quickly for the characters. Definitely a recommended read, though if the pacing is too slow for your tastes you might be better off waiting for the story in a trade format after all is said and done. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Feb 17, 2014

    Truly the most intriguing part of Alex + Ada continues to be the underlying debate about the difference between the humans and androids and the implications of allowing for sentience. Of course, the fears of sentience causing death and destruction loom after the Nexaware Massacre, but it's really a question of whether Alex is willing to take the risk to release Ada from her shackles. As he continues his search for something more from Ada, what will his choice be? Certainly I'm not going to spoil it, but issue #4 of ALEX + ADA is yet another engaging read that fans of the series will definitely enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Adam Kelly Feb 19, 2014

    The issue was very heavily dialogue-driven as we've come to expect from this book. It's a slow-burn type of read but as I said, the ending is great and serves as a huge cliffhanger that raise tons of questions. Where it shines for me at least is the emotional and human (although sometimes android) connections. The art is great for capturing emotions and the loneliness and disappointment Alex feels at the moment. Although I still think Alex is weird for going along with his grandmother's ploy to get him over his breakup and not be single by getting an android, it makes me wonder if people will actually have androids for this purpose someday. Any science fiction fan should definitely be following this book, and I'm already looking forward to next month's issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Feb 21, 2014

    By now, we know who Alex is and we know what he wants, even if he's unsure about how to get there. "Alex + Ada" has generated a situation where a good person is doing something for the right reasons, but you have a feeling that everything might not turn out well. Because of that intensely personal sense of unease and mystery, "Alex + Ada" has quickly become appointment reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Feb 21, 2014

    "Alex + Ada" #4 begins with a mechanical-feeling plot device, and the ending cliffhanger is logical and predictable, if still effective. The meat in the middle has a lot of substance, however. Watching the characters and witnessing the Alex's decision-making process is to delight in visual psychological subtlety. Boy Meets Robot isn't a new story, but "Alex + Ada" is an original take on the idea, and Vaughn and Luna's skill make it one of most attractive and distinctive stories on the shelves right now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Feb 19, 2014

    There may be a split among readers, some may keep Ada the way she is, and some wouldn't. It's easy to say Alex chooses, but what is harder to predict is the outcome of his choice to which readers are left on a very intense cliffhanger. Next issue can't come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Feb 19, 2014

    ALEX ADA has been drawing out its narrative carefully, leaving a tease of a mystery with every issue. It's worth it; the just-ahead-of-now future is almost palpable, and the story is incredibly easy to invest in. Who is Ada? What is she like as a sentient robot? Is she likable, or terrible? Curiosity: piqued. ALEX ADA: added to pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Feb 18, 2014

    The drama is ramped up in the latter part of the issue, with the final page offering up all sorts of exciting questions going into issue five. Intelligent, believable sci-fi is a rarity these days, and while a lot of people will be groaning at the snail-like pace and lack of action, Alex + Ada has the potential to be something truly special as the series continues to pick up steam. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Melissa Grey Feb 19, 2014

    At a writing retreat, someone asked me when I knew it was time to end a scene or close a chapter. My advice? End on the "Oh, crap!" moment. And that's exactly what Vaughn and Luna have been doing, from Ada's opening eyes in the first installment to her second awakening on the final page in this month's issue. Though the visuals and narrative are extremely no-frills, the simplicity of the way the story is told works for the book in its own strange way. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Dante Buccieri Feb 19, 2014

    The issue's meditation on intelligence, sentience and the subtle commentary on if the robot or the human is more "human" drive this issue entirely. The art is average, not enough to give the issue the extra push into makingAlex + Ada a truly incredible series. Is it worth your money? Absolutely. Is it in contention for one of the best series of the year? Yes. Despite mediocre art,Alex + Ada is one of the best stories being published by Image. Read Full Review

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