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Ex Machina, Vol. 6: Power Down Paperback – November 14, 2007


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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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Brian K. Vaughan has previously written episodes of Swamp Thing and The Hood miniseries. His current work includes Runaways and Y: The Last Man, and the critical smash Pride of Baghdad. He is also a staff writer on the huge TV hit series Lost. Tony Harris' artwork credits include Starman, Aquaman, Iron Man, JSA, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight and Daredevil. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: WildStorm (November 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401214983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401214982
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,620 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. W. Schreiter VINE VOICE on December 4, 2007
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This sixth trade paperback collects issues #26-29 of the acclaimed series. The August 2003 NYC blackouts are the backdrop for this segment. A mysterious visitor's appearance coincides with Mayor Hundred's loss of super-abilities. While enjoyable, this plot seemed slower than previous story arcs. Intermittent episodes reveal more of The Great Machine's actions on 9/11, including his diversion of the second plane.
The last 22 pages are 'Inside The Machine'. This collection of staged artwork and scripts expands on the material at the end of the first Ex Machina trade paperback. For the price, I would have rather seen DC include this material as a bonus instead of displacing the normal fifth issue.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott William Foley VINE VOICE on November 21, 2007
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Ex Machina is one of those titles that should never work in the comic book medium. Former and short-lived superhero abandons his super-persona to become mayor of New York. And that happens before the start of the series. Let's be honest, if anyone but writer Vaughan and Harris were involved, this series simply wouldn't have worked.

Ex Machina: Power Down is a return to greatness for the creative duo. The storyline deals with Mayor Hundred struggling against a city-wide power outage just as a mysterious visitor takes his mother hostage in order to deliver Hundred an important message. That message has fascinated me and worked expertly as a bit of foreshadowing. In addition, as always, we are given flashbacks to Hundred's involvement with 9/11 as well as some back-story during his training days.

The Ex Machina series started with a bang, utterly captivating me with every panel. However, the last storyline in particular focused a little too much on Hundred's mayoral duties and not quite enough on the more fantastic elements of the series. Power Down is back to what makes Ex Machina work best--an equal blend of the realistic world of politics and the surreal world of super heroics.

Furthermore, let's not forget about the art! Harris' artwork is extraordinary and this series simply wouldn't be as enjoyable as it is without him. He gets better with every issue he draws, and he was excellent to begin with! Moreover, Mettler, the often-ignored colorist, is truly responsible for giving this book in particular much of its flavor. The colors demand your attention in such an unassuming yet powerful manner; it's astounding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 30, 2009
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Brian K. Vaughan, Ex Machina: Power Down (Wildstorm, 2008)

Pretty much everyone who lives within three hundred miles of New York City is unlikely to forget the Great Blackout of 2003. Given that Sept. 11 is integral to everything that happens in Ex Machina, did you think the blackout was going to get away unscathed? Not a chance. Vaughan uses it to introduce a whole new storyline into Ex Machina, finally giving us the possibility of finally understanding what originally happened to Hundred. Or are they just the ravings of a lunatic? The arc is a short one, however, and Vaughan and co. flesh out the book with a behind-the-scenes look at how Ex Machina is created. Good stuff, this. *** ½
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