Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Ex Machina

I recently started reading the comic book series Ex Machina, a Wildstorm publication created by Brian K Vaughan and Tony Harris. This truly original story, set in New York City, details the life of Mayor Mitchell Hundred. Mitchell, who was once know as the Great Machine, the worlds only superhero, now finds himself dealing with the day to day politics of running the worlds greatest and most complex city. Each issue entwines flashbacks of the Great Machines sometimes valiant, but most often misunderstood heroics. It is indeed his last act as the Great Machine; preventing the second plane from hitting the World Trade Center on 9/11 (yes, one of the towers is still standing in this fictional NYC), that leads to his rise to Mayoral office. There is a great mix of Sci-Fi and politics here; The Rocketeer meets Da Vinci's City Hall (Canadian, eh?) with a touch of X-files.

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