Ex Machina #39

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Tony Harris Publisher: Wildstorm Release Date: November 19, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6
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  • 8.7
    IGN - Daniel Crown Nov 19, 2008

    It's becoming fairly clear that Vaughan's original intent to stay active within the comic book community was a mostly ideological sentiment; one that fell victim, justifiably, to a more consuming set of gigs. But this, in large part, is exactly why Ex-Machina remains so refreshing even with its bi-monthly release schedule. The book becomes the sole, remaining testament from one of the best portfolios of work from the millennial comic generation; a great book from an author who has for the most part moved on to new (some would say better) pastures. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jon Judy Nov 23, 2008

    Vaughns work is, at its worst, very good, and Harriss work is, at its very worst, great. As neither of them phones this one in, it starts out being an above-average comic. Throw in Trouble, and the hope that she might be back and explored in greater detail, and this one ends up being very good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 6, 2008

    What I love so much about Bryan Vaughan's writing on this title is how it doesn't feel like a superhero or comic story at all, more like a television drama, with excellent pacing and dialogue throughout. Most of this issue is just a conversation between two people, but it is filled with enough tension and conflict to really draw you in. The realism in moments like Mitch breaking his hand punching Trouble, his advisor telling him to "hang the #&!* up," and Mitchell's realization that he may get a shot at political office well above mayor are all very well-done. Tony Harris does his usual awesome job on art (nobody draws a braided hairdo better) and the overall effect is wonderful, and even with large breaks between the issues,the pacing feels dead on. This is a great issue, and even though the story itself took only a short time, it still felt like a satisfying chunk of story for my 3 bucks. Ex Machina #39 earns a nicely done 4 out of 5 stars, giving me drama, intrigue, Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Nov 23, 2008

    I still enjoy Ex Machina enough that I'll continue to pick it up whenever it appears. It's a fairly intelligently written adult superhero title with strong artwork and some fairly original ideas, and that's more than I can say for most books on the stands. However, I'm starting to realise that I don't look forward to each issue in the same way that I used to. The slow pace of the overarching plot development--which is only exacerbated by the erratic shipping schedule--may soon start to alienate even the most dedicated fans of the book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Benjamin Birdie Nov 25, 2008

    An issue of "Ex Machina" is rarely the kind of book that you throw down at the finish, completely taken aback by the shocking denouement, but that doesn't make it any less of a strong book every month, and one can only imagine how well it will read as an ultimately finished product. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Nov 23, 2008

    Even then, I just don't have much to say other than that if there weren't only eleven issues left, I'd drop this title from my pull list. I just hope it picks up some steam from this point. Read Full Review

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