Daily Archives: March 15, 2009

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Variant coverEx Machina Special #4
“Grassroots”
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: John Paul Leon
Colors: J.D. Mettler
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover artists: Tony Harris (regular)/John Paul Leon & Jonny Rench (variant)
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Publisher: DC Comics/Wildstorm Productions
Price: $3.99 US

We’ve seen far too few comics from writer Brian K. Vaughan since the conclusion of his landmark series Y: The Last Man. Of course, he’s been busy as a writer/producer on TV’s Lost, so his recent absence from the comicscape is understandable. It’s for that reason that any new offering from him should pique the interest of anyone interesting in quality writing in comics. This Ex Machina Special offers him the opportunity to explore an as-yet unexplored facet of his fictional New York mayor’s agenda: environmentalism. Specifically, Vaughan looks at newspapers, how that struggling industry has contributed to environmental problems and how it has addressed the issue as well. But more interestingly, Vaughan turns his attention to the environmental sins of another mass-print medium: comic books. It’s a surprising and thought-provoking notion, and driving the debate forward is a plot that involved ideological conflict and a murder plot.

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