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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: WildStorm (April 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401209882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401209889
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After a mysterious accident gave Mitchell Hundred the power to control machines, he parlayed a brief stint as a superhero with the grandiose moniker the Great Machine into a successful run for the mayoralty of New York. In the third collection of the series chronicling his incumbency, Hundred is called for jury duty, and his strange abilities precipitate a hostage crisis in the deliberation room. Meanwhile, the police commissioner and the mayor's trusted aide, Bradbury, conduct separate searches for the vigilante superhero who's impersonating Hundred's now-retired Great Machine persona. Vaughan dishes out tantalizing glimpses of Hundred's superhero career and earlier adolescent obsession with superheroes and machines. Since Hundred's days in costume are in the past, and he calls on his paranormal abilities merely as the situation demands, Ex Machina barely qualifies as a superhero comic and likely appeals more to alt-comics fans than to the hardcore masks-and-capes crowd. Tony Harris' stylishly realistic artwork combines with Vaughan's canny characterizations, deft dialogue, and compelling plotlines to make for one of the best mainstream comics going. Gordon Flagg
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"If millionaire playboys and nerdy highschoolers can be superheroes, why not the mayor of New York? ... Terrifically intriguing."

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Fortunately that isn't all this volume has.
Tufnel1780
The writing by Brian Vaughan is good when it comes to plot and character, but weak when it comes to dialogue.
Paige Turner
Tony Harris's art is wonderful and very realistic, which vibes well with the story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott William Foley VINE VOICE on April 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris continue to impress with the third trade paperback of the Ex Machina series. In this installment, a new hero emerges in New York City calling itself the Automaton. This being claims to have been made by Mayor Hundred when he called himself The Great Machine. However, there is more at work here than there seems.

The second half of the volume deals with Mayor Mitchell Hundred heading west to visit his mother as she finds herself in a spot of trouble. This storyline is a bit more enjoyable for me as it gives us some insight into Mitchell's upbringing and his relationship with his mother.

While I greatly enjoyed Fact vs. Fiction, the stories did not compare to the first two volumes of this series. However, as I found those collections stellar in execution, perhaps that is only to be expected.

I will say this, while Vaughan's stories are just a bit under whelming compared to his usual outstanding work, the artwork of Tony Harris more than makes up for it. Harris is a master of his medium, and while he certainly knows how to draw superheroes, it is his attention to detail in clothing and facial expression on normal, everyday people that amazes me. You must remember, Ex Machina is more political drama than superhero adventure, and so therefore the artist must be especially talented to keep readers coming back for more. Harris fits the bill and then some.

So, while I don't think Fact vs. Fiction was as good as The First Hundred Days or Tag, I certainly think it is still better than much of what's on the market. I cannot recommend Vaughan and Harris' Ex Machina highly enough.

By the way, is it me, or does Mitchell's friend Ray look suspiciously like one mild mannered news reporter?

~Scott William Foley, author of Souls Triumphant
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on May 25, 2006
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In Brian K. Vaughan's third trade paperback of his excellent sci-fi/political series, Ex Machina, Mayor Mitchel Hundred participates in something most Americans try to avoid like the plague: jury duty. Hundred is upset that, due to a technicality from when he was the Great Machine, someone that he put behind bars is going free. After receiving some advice from a friend of his (who is also an attorney), he decides that he must "help the system if he wants the system to help him", and when he is selected for jury duty, he decides to go through with it. Meanwhile, a new vigilante, calling itself Automaton, is roaming the streets helping people and claiming that it was built by the Great Machine. If that wasn't bad enough, a hostage situation occurs while Hundred is deliberating with the rest of the jury. In the second story-arc, Hundred visits his mother who reveals a huge truth from his past. When he asks her why she lied to him for so many years, she replies that everyone lies at some point for various reasons. Later, Hundred is lied to by some machines that he is communicating with, which rattles him with the revelation that his mother was right; EVERYTHING lies at some point.

As usual, Vaughan's writing continues to be superb and Tony Harris' art is great. The story arcs in Fact v. Fiction are entertaining, and some previously hinted-at plotlines are once again referenced, and we also see glimpses of other possible plotlines to come. Ex Machina seems to keep getting better as the issues go on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kingston Reader on July 16, 2006
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Good chapter in an interesting series. I like the fact that that focus is on the job and the challenges it has in addition to drawing on past episodes in his life so that it show his influences and the consequences of past actions. Also the writers have a secret agenda of persons unknown that gives it some mystery. The is he gay or not storyline has moved from being amusing to annoying however. I will buy further issues - it is more than just beating up the villan of the week - there is a broader context missing in other graphic novels.
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There is a trend in modern comics that I've really come to like. Around the third or fourth collection, a lot of regularly arc-oriented comics hit readers with a few shorter tales. One-shots, shorter arcs, whatever the case may be, it happens a lot, and I love it. Gaiman did it with The Sandman, Willingham did it with Fables, Mignola did it with Hellboy, Whedon is getting read to do it with Buffy, and Vaughan does it in this volume of EX MACHINA. We take a break from longer story arcs to get a one-shot, a three part mini, and a two issue mini. Each of these are consistent in the quality of the material, which is no less than what we've come to expect from Brian K. Vaughan.

Vaughan continues this character study of Mitchell Hundred, who is as much Clark Kent as he is a The West Wing character. Hundred has to make tough decisions, both in his political career and personal life, and it's engaging watching the directions the character is being taken. The weakness of this volume is that the supporting character don't get much screen time, and in a series that is still as new as this one, doing that sort of makes the reader forget that character a bit.
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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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