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Set somewhere between The West Wing and an alternative future, this taleasks the question: What if the mayor of New York was a superhero? Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) and Harris (Starman) answer with intelligence and dash. In classic superhero origin, Mitchell Hundred is just another civil engineer until an encounter with a glowing light under the Brooklyn Bridge gives him the power to talk to machines. Fast forward three years: after a famed stint as a superhero, Hundred has just been elected mayor of New York and must deal with not only the colorful cast of characters that make up his staff but also a host of crises: a PR disaster set off by an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum; a crippling blizzard; and, most worryingly, a serial killer who's bumping off the city's snow plow drivers. Vaughan cleverly adapts real news stories—New York mayoral politics, the Sensations art scandal—and plausibly fits them into a world where superheroes exist, but are forbidden by the NSA to talk about their powers, while adding surprising twists and turns. Harris's gritty, charismatic characters give the story further appeal. This vastly entertaining first collection should have readers eager to read future volumes. (Feb.)
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"If millionaire playboys and nerdy highschoolers can be superheroes, why not the mayor of New York? ... Terrifically intriguing."See all Editorial Reviews
Having read and loved Brian K. Vaughn’s Y the Last Man series years ago, I was excited to finally get around to Ex Machina. Read morePublished 1 month ago by theten
Mitchell Hundred is a superhero turned politician struggling to shed his vigilante past and step into his position as mayor of New York. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Melody & Words
I read this after 9/11, and event that I was in middle school for. So it didn't hit as hard as I am sure it was meant to. But Brian K. Vaughan rarely disappoints.Published 7 months ago by Kav
I bought this as a gift for my future husband because we both enjoy Brian K Vaughan's other work. He didn't care for it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Library Lady Katie
If you're reading this it's because like me, you've already read the entire Y: The Last Man series, by the fantastical Brian K. Vaughan, and are in desperate need of more! Read morePublished 20 months ago by rutherford james merriwether
This book is terrific. The idea of what a superhero would do to effect real change in his community provides limitless depth to explore Vaughan is once again able to tease the very... Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by Robert Ehrhardt
The series: In 1999, Mitchell Hundred, civil engineer, is called out by Lt Bradbury of the New York harbor patrol to investigate a strange green glowing device. Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Cilantron 1 of 2
I was really hopeful that Ex Machina would be a good series, seeing as Y: The Last Man was such a masterpiece. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by T. Teetson