Daily Archives: October 22, 2007

There’s No Place Like Rome

Ex Machina #31
“Ex Cathedra, Chapter Two”
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Tony Harris
Inks: Jim Clark
Colors: J.D. Mettler
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Publisher: DC Comics/Wildstorm Productions
Price: $2.99 US/$3.65 CAN

With the advent of the conclusion of Y: The Last Man upon us, as well as talk of a movie adaptation of the series, it’s easy to forget that Y isn’t the only ongoing series with challenging, thought-provoking plots and themes currently being offered up writer Brian K. Vaughan. Ex Machina is always at its strongest when it focuses on the political and personal plotlines over the science-fiction/super-hero elements, Vaughan’s manages to bring credibility to those incredible concepts. This particular issue of the series is just as entertaining as those that came before, but the theological cliffhanger here made this episode stand out as particularly compelling. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Vaughan’s imaginative and provocative ideas are brought to life via Tony Harris’s convincing, detailed illustrations. At this point, if you’re not reading Ex Machina, you’ve likely dismissed it and believe it’s too far along in the continuing narrative. But Vaughan’s script is thoroughly accessible, not only in terms of plot information but in how it crosses genres.

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