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We begin with apologies to EJ Thribb (17)

So. Farewell then
Ex Machina
Eisner Winner

It would seem that
You have ended

But is it an end?
Or just a pause?
Because our stories don't end

And is it THE end?
Or just AN end?

Just one
Among the branes in the bulk.

And, have the contribution of Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris for New York Magazine's What if 9/11 never happened?


And two pages from #11, the beginning of the Fact vs. Fiction arc. "Heartbreaking" or "breathtaking" is the word I'd use to describe this.


Yes, the PLEASE scene, from that Tuesday in September. I had to have somebody remind me that when Mitchell uses his VOICE it means that he's talking to machines. In this case, asking his jet pack for more thrust.

Favorite Writer

Date: 2010-08-29 08:31 pm (UTC)
nefrekeptah: (Ohshit)
From: [personal profile] nefrekeptah
I'm too lazy to post anything, so I might as well just say it here; Brian K. Vaghun is easily my favorite writer.

Re: Favorite Writer

Date: 2010-08-29 09:15 pm (UTC)
newnumber6: Ghostly being (Default)
From: [personal profile] newnumber6
Same. Well, comic writer, anyway.

Date: 2010-08-29 10:56 pm (UTC)
kiev4am: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kiev4am
I read issue #50 earlier this week and it was an absolute kick to the gut (in a good way). Ex Machina's one of the best comics I've ever read and I'll be re-reading the entire series soon now it's complete. Artwork, writing, concept... all simply amazing.

Date: 2010-08-30 03:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] panthyr
Ex Machina remains amazing, and that was one of the most powerful scenes in the entire run.

I found myself unable to read further than the first half-page of the article, however, as the writer used the word "Islamofascism" in an entirely non-ironic way.

Date: 2010-09-03 08:38 pm (UTC)
panthyr: (Default)
From: [personal profile] panthyr
I've been pondering how to reply to this, because I don't want to get embroiled in a political flame war on this comm. I'll just say that it's a made up word often used by certain pundits here in the States to describe the monolithic Islamic tyranny that they imagine is on the brink of taking over the world.

Date: 2010-08-30 05:30 am (UTC)
meatwhichdreams: (fotc robots)
From: [personal profile] meatwhichdreams
I haven't read the final issues yet (although I've read some spoilers on here, but you should take all this with a grain of salt), but I've been following this series since S_D introduced it to me, and I loved it. But I do feel that I traveled slowly from AMAZED and EXITED to EAGERLY ANTICIPATING WHAT HAPPENS NEXT to WONDERING VAGUELY WHERE THE HELL THIS IS ALL GOING to NOTICING THE ART HAS BEGUN TO DECLINE to BECOMING DISAPPOINTED IN THE NEW PLOT TWISTS to FEELING LESS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE STORY to WONDERING THAT CAN'T REALLY BE WHERE IT'S BEEN ALL GOING, IS IT? BUT THAT'S....SO....OBVIOUS.

I don't know, I feel vaguely let down by where this all is going. I think Vaughn and Hundred both held too much away from the reader for too long, going "just wait! I'm not telling you this for a good reason! I know it looks bad, but if you just wait you'll find out what's really going on!" An excellent source of intrigue and tension, until...we discover that, yes, it was as bad as it looks, there really wasn't a better explanation. That's it.

I guess I'm just disappointed in Hundred for not rising above himself, which is what fictional characters are made for! Maybe the last issues will change my mind, of course, but I do feel that there was some potential squandered with the magnificent, brave, and like-no-other-series-out-there Ex Machina.

Date: 2010-08-30 11:28 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] twigcollins
Sorry, I didn't like the ending much either.

... and not because it was a 'tragedy,' as they set it up like that at the start of the series. I just... didn't like the ending. It felt flat.

I liked the rest of it.

Date: 2010-08-30 03:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meatwhichdreams
Yeah, I basically agree. I know Vaughn set a lot of this up from the start, but he foreshadowed it all so heavily (HEY YOU GUYS? HUNDRED MIGHT HAVE RIGGED THE ELECTION! WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT! MAYBE HE RIGGED THE ELECTION!) that by the time the "twists" came around I was expecting a different and more interesting twist! It's disappointing to me that such an original and refreshing series became relatively predictable by the end. Just like you said, kind of...flat.

Date: 2010-08-31 04:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] arbre_rieur
I feel pretty much the opposite. I loved the series at the beginning, and I loved the ending, but my interest waned for the rest of the run. Too many of the middle arcs didn't seem to do much with the actual premise of the series and were more like, as one reviewer put it, episodes of Law & Order with a little political theory thrown in. But I thought the final issue was a return to form.

Date: 2010-08-31 06:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] darklorelei
Same for me. There were a couple of arcs in the middle which I really didn't really enjoy.

Date: 2010-08-30 03:20 pm (UTC)
meatwhichdreams: (bulbasaur)
From: [personal profile] meatwhichdreams
Gladly, it is a beautiful country, full of sweeping vistas and dramatic rocky beaches.

And I would prefer a second half to a story that lived up to the incredible first half. As I haven't read every page of the end yet, I am essentially complaining about things that Vaughn may or may not have done, but I remain unsatisfied with the direction and tone the series started moving in. I don't hate it now by any means, but I really expected something...more! Something less predictable.

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