Ex Machina # 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, Masquerade Special
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan; Pencils: Tony Harris, John Paul Leon; Inks: Jim Clark, John Paul Leon; Colors: JD Mettler; Lettering: Jared K. Fletcher;
DC - Wildstorm
So, Mayor Hundred gets mind-controlled, attempts to assassinate the Pope, and receives a vision of his future as President of the United States. Oh, and there’s a horrible special from October in the mix, too.
For me, Ex Machina simply isn’t holding up for me. The amount that I loved Y: The Last Man is exactly proportional to the amount of disappointment I feel when reading Ex Machina. While Y always seemed like a book moving toward a conclusion, Ex spends a lot of time on what seem like wandering digressions into random topics (marijuana, anonymous protesting, religion) and pointless explorations of minor supporting cast members. We have these feints into a driving storyline, such as the extra-dimensional people or the presidential possibility, only to strike off in some other random direction. It’s frustrating as a reader to think that we’ve simply been in a holding pattern for the past three years.
Maybe Vaughan will pull all of it together in the end. Maybe the unresolved story threads will someday pull together and make sense. Until then, I remain a disappointed reader purchasing only out of habit.