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Ex Machina, Book 4 (Deluxe Edition) Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, November 23, 2010


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"Compelling entertainment with fiery thoughtfulness.  One of the ten best fiction books of the year (2005)."—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"Vaughn intertwines superpowers with nasty backroom dealings and quirky N.Y. political history."—WASHINGTON POST

"A two-fisted blend of super-hero action and political debate."—PLAYBOY --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner and Harvey Award-Winning co-creator of many critically acclaimed comic books, including Y: THE LAST MAN, Saga, EX MACHINA, Runaways and THE PRIDE OF BAGHDAD. A professional comics writer since his days as an undergraduate film student at New York University, Brian has written every major DC and Marvel character from BATMAN to X-Men. He's also written several screenplays, stage plays, and short stories, but mostly, he likes to work on the funny books. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: WildStorm; De Luxe edition edition (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401228453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401228453
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner Award-winning writer of Y: THE LAST MAN, EX MACHINA, RUNAWAYS, and PRIDE OF BAGHDAD. His newest work, with artist/co-creator Fiona Staples, is SAGA, an ongoing sci-fi/fantasy series from Image Comics that The Onion's A.V. Club called, "the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make." Vaughan lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a writer and producer on various film and tv projects, including three seasons on the hit series LOST.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dusty Bottoms is Dead & Gone on April 25, 2011
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Ex Machina is Spin City meets Watchmen, and it transcends the comic genre with its realism and relevance, while managing to never take itself too serious. If that's not appealing enough for you, Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) is the writer and Tony Harris (Starman) does the pencils.

It's a character-driven series that chronicles the life of Mitchell Hundred aka The Great Machine, the world's only superhero, who in the wake of his actions on 9/11 was elected NYC mayor. The story is set during Hundred's term in office with interwoven flashbacks to his past as a crime-fighting vigilante. It explores political situations while the mysteries of Hundred's powers are slowly revealed.

The series is politically charged, and the main character doesn't always subscribe to the same logic and beliefs that the reader does. Hundred is an Independent, and part of the luxury of that is being conservative about some issues and liberal about others. But don't worry, there is no preachy or overt attempt to convert anyone to any political party or way of thinking. You don't have to agree with the main character's personal beliefs to enjoy the story.

Vaughan uses real-life events as source material, which I think makes the story more poignant and relevant. You might be surprised to know Harris uses actual models for the artwork.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Rodriguez on January 6, 2012
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I tried sticking with the series but ultimately I just lost interest. The art is... shall we say artsy and shiny but feels unnatural (the whole book looks like it's been traced from photos) and doesn't help the fact that three out of the four first books feel like filler.
Ignore the people complaining about the politics, while the book is somewhat liberal (and the main character seems wussy and self-serving when offered an alliance by the conservative right), it's no more liberal than anything on prime time. It's biggest flaw is that it doesn't seem to go anywhere. Heck, the whole series so far appears to be nothing more than cliffhangers and unfulfilled potential.
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