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Set in our modern-day real world, Ex Machina tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America's first living, breathing superhero after a strange accident gives him amazing powers. Eventually tiring of risking his life merely to help maintain the status quo, Mitchell retires from masked crime-fighting and runs for Mayor of New York City, winning by aSet in our modern-day real world, Ex Machina tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America's first living, breathing superhero after a strange accident gives him amazing powers. Eventually tiring of risking his life merely to help maintain the status quo, Mitchell retires from masked crime-fighting and runs for Mayor of New York City, winning by a landslide! But Mayor Hundred has to worry about more than just budget problems and an antagonistic governor, especially when a mysterious hooded figure begins assassinating plow drivers during the worst snowstorm in the city's history! Suggested For Mature Readers....

Title : Ex Machina, Vol. 3: Fact v. Fiction
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Ex Machina, Vol. 3: Fact v. Fiction Reviews

  • Donovan
    2018-12-22 10:13

    In volume three, BKV finally digs into Mayor Mitchell Hundred's past and it's fantastic. We get to see his parents and his (presumably Vaughan's) love of comics in some much-appreciated meta fiction. And Vaughan continues to hint at Hundred's sexuality, but that still remains a mystery. The action, dialog, and artwork don't disappoint. A masterful series!

  • Aldo Haegemans
    2019-01-12 09:06

    So many things Yet to be revealed. But that's What makes it good!

  • Mike
    2019-01-02 06:13

    Finally see what's up with Bradbury.And still with the conspiring against Hundred. Good twisty plot about pot and firemen. Then I get a jolt of Canuck love:Between this reference and his later Stand On Guard For Thee series, I wondered if Vaughan had a Canadian bloodline. Turns out it's close - his wife is from Ottawa, Canada's capital city. No wonder I like this dude so much.

  • Punk
    2019-01-20 11:05

    Graphic Novel. Still good! Mayor Hundred orders a nonsensical crackdown on storefront fortune tellers (Egg MacGuffin anyone?), reports for jury duty, meets a new costumed crusader, and reunites with his mom. Art good! Writing...ah, Brian K. Vaughan, I am sensing your weakness. It starts with "C." Rhymes with schnontinuity? There's no hint of the artifact, and absolutely no followthrough on either this volume's costumed crusader or last volume's repeated assassination attempts, or...whatever went down in the volume before. Where'd my mytharc go? These MOTW stories are a little too self-contained. Still good! But the cracks are starting to show. I'll just have to put my continuity goggles on. They block the impulse to care about such things. See also The X-Files. (Damn, you Chris Carter, I am STILL mad.)Uh, four stars for the usual: diverse characters, realistic dialogue, a superhero/mayor with real problems, and realistic dialogue.

  • Licha
    2018-12-31 06:21

    Vol. 3 of 10Each installemt still deals with political issue of the week but it is getting better as it progresses. My excitement to read them? Meh, still not reaching for the next volume before I even finish the current one. Quote: Mitch: You said dad was a saint. You said he was Atticus Finch!Mom: He was, nine days out of ten. But maybe Atticus used to beat HIS wife. Thirty chapters of good deeds never tells you a man's whole story.Recap to remind myself. ****Warning: possible spoilers ahead****:--There's a new wanna-be hero in town trying to fill in on the Great Machine's absence. Aside: I don't know that I like The Great Machine as a superhero name. It doesn't roll off the tongue nicely.--Mayor Mitch Hundred is playing jury duty in this issue. Of course he's going to run into a problem here. One of the potential jurors recognizes TGM and wants TGM to cure him of his ailment. While serving in the war, this juror came upon a chasm where he detected something (maybe the same thing Mitch saw in the river that gave him his powers?) Unlike Mitch, who got the power to talk to machines and control them, this juror constantly has machines talking to him all at the same time. The noise is driving him mad. Knowing TGM is not going to help him, he takes the oldest juror member, an elderly lady, hostage.--The book starts off with one of the issues needing to be addressed being fortune tellers. It really never goes anywhere, but Mitch's involvement in 9/11 is hinted at while visiting a fortune teller. We discover Mitch was able to stop the second plane from hitting the second tower. This sounds intriguing and I'm curious to see where this is going to go.--We catch up with Mitch's mom, now living in a tráiler home. Mom makes an incredible revelation to Mitch about his father's death.I'm hoping we are getting a little bit closer to some background story on. Less politics would be great.

  • Callie Rose Tyler
    2019-01-13 09:13

    Shit, man, there's no justice. There's just us.This was not the strongest volume. A mysterious robotic vigilante appears but not much is done with him.We meet hundred's mother and get some back story, but it doesn't really add anything to the character.A crime crackdown on fortune tellers...? Who cares? I did enjoy Hundred's jury duty stint, but then it went off the deep end. I think it would have actually been more interesting if it was just a normal trial, dealing with normal people. Imagine if Clark Kent were in 12 Angry Men, or Tony Stark, doesn't that sound entertaining? Maybe its just me.Overall, good not great. Felt like filler to me, nothing meaty.

  • RB
    2018-12-26 13:22

    Brian k. Vaughan's "Ex Machina" series only improves with each volume. In a review for a pervious collection, I made a comparison between this comic and the Sorkin-written "West Wing" television show and it is strange to find that, especially three comics in, this comparison holds: we got story lines that are just dropped, characters from past issues absent, political commentary wrapped in musical dialogue, and a large ensemble working for and against may Hundred. This volume continues the back and forth narration, going from modern day and, in this case, all the way back to childhood, but what Mr Vaughan achieves with the mother material is heartbreaking and opens up more about our still rather mysterious protagonist. The artwork is gorgeous, be it the crazy colours of the courtroom or the more desaturated tones, there is always a surprise when the reader turns the page and a sense that this comic cannot get any better but refuses to let up in every way. A quick, fun, witty, and insightful read aided by lush illustrations put "Ex Machina" at the top of the superhero fable.

  • Alicia
    2019-01-18 12:11

    I read the first 5 volumes in one session. Another interesting concept from Brian Vaughan that starts strong and peters out. After reading all of Y: the last man, Pride of Baghdad, several volumes of Runaways, the first volume of Saga and these 5 volumes, I've now realized that his repeating societal themes and plot devices and gender tropes are never gonna float my boat. So meh, and I don't have to do that again.

  • Andy
    2019-01-20 07:13

    This is still pretty strong but I wouldn't mind a little more continuity; three shorter story arcs which all feel very separate, with very little comment on prior events (aside from a passing mention of getting some heat from the gay marriage bill). Language is fruity and there's some decent violence here. The artwork is pretty impressive though there are some odd facial poses and expressions. Still, pretty good and definitely keen to keep reading.

  • Darcy
    2019-01-02 10:12

    Political plot on jury duty and Gulf War Syndrome; Hero plot on vigilantism and father origin issues.

  • Liara PvO
    2018-12-26 08:14

    Volume three of Brian K. Vaughan’s Ex Machina series is good, if a little disjointed. While there’s the usual enjoyable mix of municipal politics and superhero antics, I have a sneaking suspicions the issues collected weren’t necessarily planned as one cohesive narrative, but rather as a series of one-shots. (Spoilers for something over a decade old below.)There’re a few interesting narrative arcs this volume. The most obvious one revolves around an aspiring imitator to Mayor Hundred’s now-shelved superhero persona, which draws explicit comparisons to Adventure Comics #265 and Superman’s Silver Age robots. (Comic book artist knows his comic book history, unsurprisingly). This is the closest to forming a unified theme of the volume - people creating stories and images to get them through life. It reoccurs with a schizophrenic juror convinced he has some manifestation of Gulf War syndrome, and again with Hundred’s mother telling him about the mythology she created for his father. But they all just kind of ‘pop up’, feeling more episodic than as part of a broader narrative.All in all - still interesting, but lacking some of the umpf of earlier issues. Also, I know this was written in 2006, but the references to Donald Trump keep slapping me like a limp fish.

  • Alex Lawless
    2018-12-24 11:17

    I'd heard a lot of buzz about this series, and I really enjoy Brian K. Vaughan's previous work, so I decided I had to check this series out. I'll echo the same sentiment I had in my review of volumes 1 and 2: I'm just kind of disappointed. It has a lot of potential, and there are some really interesting nuggets here. The main character can talk to machinery due to a freak accident, was a crime fighter (now the mayor of New York), and he's a 9/11 hero (view spoiler)[ (having saved one of the Two Towers from crashing) (hide spoiler)]. So as you can see, there's some interesting stuff going on. The problem is, it's just not going anywhere. The time hops make the story line more convoluted than it needs to be, and the volumes read more as a one-off, "monster of the week" scenario rather than an overarching story. I already have volumes 4 and 5, so I'll be reading those as well, but I really can't see myself going further than that.

  • Noah Appelbaum
    2018-12-26 12:02

    I don't know what it particularly is about this comic that I like so much, but I just want to keep reading it forever. It's like lighthearted former-superhero West Wing. And that includes the bad, television-y parts of West Wing (they're there; you just made yourself forget them).The last issue with the family stuff and the two-bit, two-dimensional hick gangsters is like dumb Preacher-lite, and Hundred continues to call forth the occasional, unfortunate in-head comparison to contemporary white libertarian dingi, but I just love him and everyone else so much that I can't help but forgive the bad parts.

  • Vittorio Rainone
    2018-12-28 07:56

    Le trame contro la città di NY continuano a ingrossarsi, e non si riesce a capire ancora, salvo la morte di due persone coinvolte, a cosa possano portare. Nel frattempo conosciamo sempre meglio il sindaco Hundreds, e la cosa è abbastanza piacevole. In appendice: un racconto carino, ma viene, come nei numeri precedenti, da chiedersi che c'entra con il resto. In ogni caso fumetto simpatico, forse un po' costoso per quello che offre.

  • Gerald
    2019-01-15 10:20

    There are a couple great issues in here – almost enough to lift the volume to four stars – but the rest is a bit bland. Nothing wrong, but just solid instead of the real gripping stuff of volume 1. I'm going to keep going, but I'm looking for more from vol. 4. There are too many great comics I haven't read to stick with interesting premise but average execution.

  • Bosco Farr
    2018-12-30 12:08

    Not his best work but stellar none the less.

  • Cody
    2019-01-17 05:06

    Vol. 3 took a step back. Someone from Hundred's past returns but is dispatched pretty quickly and the character never amounts to much. Also, we're given some backstory on Mitch's dad but up to this point I'm not sure if they've earned the catharsis that comes with the revelation. Not bad, just a lot of undercooked ideas in this volume. Hopefully #4 is better.

  • Martin
    2019-01-11 13:19

    (1) Fortune FavorsIn this stand-alone issue,Mitchell visits a fortune teller and… nothing much happens.(2) Fact Vs. FictionA new super-hero is sighted in NYC – the Automaton, who claims to have been created by ‘the engineer’ and will continue to operate until his ‘return’. The police commissioner suspects Mitchell, but the mayor denies any involvement. He then tasks Bradbury to find out who this mystery person is. Meanwhile, Mitchell serves jury duty and has to deal with a hostage situation in the jury deliberation room (while himself being a hostage and seemingly having no way of contacting ‘the outside world’). This arc was one of the best ones of the entire series.(3) Off The GridMitchell takes some personal time off and visits his recovering alcoholic mother. He learns from her that his father did not die in a cave-in (as she'd told him years ago), but rather from a fatal blow to the head that she'd given him in self-defense.This trade paperback is overall one of the strongest of the series (even though it includes "Fortune Favors"!) The overall theme of this book is an exploration of what we consider to be "The Truth": we believe what we're told because we have no reason to doubt, but it doesn't necessarily mean that we're being told the truth. If a lie is plausible enough, convincing enough, who's to say it's not true?Click here for a review of the next volume, Ex Machina, Vol. 4: March to War.

  • Jimmy Williams
    2019-01-06 05:22

    Grown man topics is something you gotta deal with, No matter how many super powers you love it ain’t gonna equal up to this real shit....Let me just start by saying this is the best “Graphic Novel” I have ever read. I wouldn’t even call this a comic. I know that there is a difference between a comic and a graphic novel but I’ve also seen the terms use interchangeably but this piece of work is too great to be called anything else. I read “Y The Last Man” so I was a fan of Brian K Vaughn (Although Under The Dome is terrible). Ex Machina exceeded my expectations. I love reading about super powers and the fight between good and evil and all that good shit but I also love seeing real issues discussed. Ex Machina does this perfectly. The parallel NYC was amazing and Mitchell Hundred is one of the most interesting characters I’ve seen.Vol 3 has Mitchell on jury duty. To be honest I didn’t like this volume as much but I understand why it was necessary for the entire story. We learn about Mitchell’s parents in this volume. I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll just say that I highly recommend Ex MachinaFYI: I’ll leave a review for all ten volumes but only change the last paragraph because the first three paragraphs were so powerful that they are relevant to all ten volumes.. LOL

  • Harold Ogle
    2018-12-25 08:23

    The next volume in the very adult series, this third book disappointed me a bit. There are two discrete story arcs here, and neither really advanced the plot that I find particularly compelling: the true nature of Mitchell Hundred's powers. So that was frustrating. It's still a page-turner with the weirdly drawn-from-photographs artwork, but the stories, self-contained as they were (one is about a vigilante copycat of The Machine, and the other is about Mitchell finding out some unpleasant facts about his parents), felt like filler, one-shot stories presented to delay advancing the "real" plot. Also, with Volume One I applauded Vaughan for not stooping to gratuitous sex, but in this volume there is exactly that: (view spoiler)[a man paying a prostitute to choke her during sex, who then get interrupted by the copycat vigilante. It really wasn't necessary. Marginally less offensive but just as gratuitous to me was the feminist who protests double standards by ripping off her shirt to reveal huge boobs with erect pierced nipples! What...the...heck??? (One wonders how the actor/model who posed for the picture felt about her motivation for the shot) (hide spoiler)] Vaughan really seems to be obsessed with sex, or at least very convinced that sex sells comics. My enthusiasm for the series is waning, while I remain very interested in discovering the facts of Mitchell's mysterious powers.

  • Tyler Hill
    2019-01-12 11:17

    My Vaughan-a-thon continues with this volume of Ex Machina. Overall, this volume seems a little scatter-shot and unfocused, but in a way that -for whatever reason- feels a little more forgivable than the last volume. Possibly because they cover so much ground here, and possibly because the politics don't seem a clunky this issue. Probably the main reason this volume seems a little scattered is that it is actually two separate storylines. The first involves Mayor Hundred serving on jury duty, and the simultaneous appearance of a masked vigilante who bears a striking similarity to Hundred's old alias. While these two stories are fairly independent of each other, at least they dove tail a little more naturally than the last volumes two story's, thanks to some undercurrents than propel both of them. The second storyline involves Mayor Hundred's relationship with his mother and deceased father. This arc is both more straightforward, but also suffers from a tonal misstep. (*Mild Spoilers Here*) Namely, the tattooed hicks that are tagged on to provide some stock bad guys. These characters would seem more at home in Ennis' Preacher series, and the standoff between them an Mayor Hundred comes off a little forced.Still, overall, a compelling read, like the two volumes before it.

  • Reenie
    2019-01-13 10:03

    Installment three is often about the time when the novelty or curiosity that gets you through the first couple of stories starts to wear out around the edges, and the problems with a concept or treatment of said concept begin to show through. The difficult third album, if you will.I was a little worried that that might be the case for Ex Machina, which is based around a premise that seems almost too cute to actually work. This 3rd book in the series stood up pretty well, though, and a lot of the credit for that goes to the characters, who manage to be quirky enough to be interesting but real enough to carry you through the various contrived situations (and they are contrived, but since this feels like an extended discussion of where comic books & the real world should meet up, it does need them).Also, the Ex Machina 21st C New York feels fairly like real 21st C New York - not perfectly like it, but then, what could? It's enough alike that you can pretty comfortably explain away differences in your head, which is all you really need for this sort of thing, and is surprisingly hard to come by. NYC is a funny beast, but BKV has done a rather good job of it.

  • Craig Williams
    2019-01-13 13:07

    I struggled on whether or not to give this book 3 or 4 stars, but eventually settled on three because this volume just wasn't as interesting as the previous two. It may be because this volume isn't a whole story arc, so much as it is a series of vignettes: one about Mayor Hundred's decision to crack down on phoney psychics (which was rather silly and sort of pointless); another one about an impostor fighting crime using a personae and technology similar to Hundred's, back when he was a superhero (which was interesting, but predictable); and, finally, a story where Hundred goes out to visit his mom after receiving a strange phone call that she may be in trouble, and learns an astonishing revelation about how his father really died (again, interesting, but not great). Don't get me wrong - Vaughn is still on top of his game, writing wise, and Tony Harris' artwork is beautiful as ever. I'm just someone who enjoys continuity, and this volume felt a little too... episodic.

  • East Bay J
    2019-01-06 05:14

    In this episode, Mayor Hundred gets jury duty! Hilarious. Of course it doesn’t turn out to be hilarious at all. The flashbacks keep getting more interesting and the plot has definitely thickened. In Ex Machina: Fact Vs. Fiction, we are introduced to Hundred’s mom and there is a Great Machine imposter on the loose. I didn’t think I would like the political aspects of this series but they are actually interesting and lend a lot to the story. I guess obviously so, considering the main character is the mayor of New York.One thing I’ve noticed about Vaughan’s writing, which is true of all his books, is that he manages to create characters with real flaws, something a lot of writers avoid or are incapable of. I mean, you don’t always necessarily like these characters and this seems very intentional. Giving them real flaws and weaknesses just makes them more interesting. Good stuff!

  • Rob
    2018-12-27 12:58

    In this volume Vaughan switches up the formula from the first two books of Ex Machina, offering up three smaller stories, and the story benefits from it. The political topics, which have been akwardly handled thus far, are left mostly in the background and all three stories (except for a basically irrelevant subplot about Mayor Hundred getting jury duty with a lunatic) involve Mitchell Hundred reckoning with his past. This is probably the strongest element of the series, so Vaughan is wise to go back to it. More frustrating is the repeated teasing of a supernatural or at least major threat that turns out to be something relatively harmless (the crazy juror and superhero in this volume and the snowplow murderer in volume 1 come to mind). Hopefully in future volumes they'll be more in the way of storylines that shake up the comic's status quo.

  • Bryce Holt
    2018-12-20 05:24

    In the same sense that I enjoyed his other series, Y:The Last Man, Vaughan is proving that politics (when layered with a touch of superpowers and an abundance of crazy, mischievous characters) can make a better story than I ever would have imagined. What is, by most standards, a fairly simple story (normal man is instilled with special ability by accident, rises to power, dabbles in former life while trying to maintain control of new identity), the political squabbles and infighting is really well put together here, and manages to entertain while still informing. Vaughan is truly a gifted writer, an abundant and equally unrecognized talent, and someone who endlessly entertains without preaching. For all of you who think comic books are for kids, it's time to break the mold. Read Y: The Last Man first, and this second. Truly rewarding on every level.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-12-21 08:16

    Slightly unpleasant moments here, where Hundred compares going to a psychic to being raped, then runs away from a crazy feminist, but overall, this series is still going good. Hundred is confronted by some questions about his powers he's never thought to ask, and realises what it's like being the law hunting vigilantes instead of being the vigilante. The emotional life of the comic is somewhat wanting. His mother reveals that instead of his dad being some kind of hero, he in fact beat her mercilessly until she had to kill him self-defence. Hundred's reaction to such a headfuck is "Oh" and to invite her to come live with him. Bit of an unbelievable anti-climax. You wonder why they even bothered. But hey ho, on with the story.

  • Josh
    2019-01-11 13:15

    This was probably the best volume so far in the series. I continue to have mixed feelings, but vol. 3 has convinced me to keep reading. While the mature language continues to feel as though its just there because it can be, my biggest issue is that the storyline in "Ex Machina" feels too disconnected. There is a political issue to be examined each time along with a superhero storyline that is often only vaguely related. The themes explored are interesting and the larger story threads that exist are engaging, as are the separate stories. Basically, what I found in this volume was pretty good, but I feel like it could possibly be much more. And maybe it will be as the series continues.

  • Stephen Theaker
    2018-12-26 06:10

    A lot of people noticed that Lost's dramatic return to its very, very best came after Brian K. Vaughan joined the writing team. Whether the two events were connected as cause and effect is impossible for anyone not working on the programme to know for sure, but the strength and confidence of the serialised storytelling in this book (and in Y: the Last Man and Runaways) certainly suggests as much.I enjoyed this story of a second-rate superhero turned mayor so much that I almost regretted Vaughan having used the ideas for a comic (and I love comics), because it's only a matter of time until he's running his own tv show, and this would have been perfect.

  • Mouse
    2019-01-16 09:25

    3rd book I've read in the series and it's just not grabbing me. Once again we're dealing with the political issue of the week and unfortunately this one starts off week by having Mayor 100 put the squeeze on neighborhood fortune tellers! WTF? Yah, you read that right! The art is good, the writing is very adult, there's moments of comedy, and there's sort of a cool retro feel when they show him in costume but I feel this series just has so much more that it can deliver and it keeps kinda falling short. I keep saying I'm not sure if I'll continue on but honestly I am curious to see where this all leads.