Published by Wildstorm on February 1, 2005
Genres: graphic novels
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Mitchell Hundred was involved in a freak accident which left him with the ability to be able to talk to machines. As in: ‘Gun don’t shoot.’ After trying to help his fellow New Yorkers for a few years without much success as The Great Machine, he hangs up his jetpack and decides to run for mayor. Hundred wins in a wave of popularity after preventing the plane from hitting the second tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Ex Machina is a fascinating combo of political and superhero drama.
There are two major things I found striking and thought provoking about this series (other than the general awesomeness that comes with Brian K Vaughan’s work).
First up, all of the non-supervillian problems that are still things that we are still dealing with now: the morning after pill, gay marriage, terrorism. You get the idea. Which makes the series both comforting and sad.
Secondly, Hundred is just trying to help people. That is the reason he became a superhero and that is the reason he ran for mayor. There are some times when he majorly shits-the-bed or goes about a good thing in a bad way, but his heart is in the right place.