Ex Machina #13 Review

Reviewer: Andy Campbell
Story Title: Fact v. Fiction (chapter 2)

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Pencils: Tony Harris
Inks: Tom Feister
Colors: JD Mettler
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Publisher: Wildstorm > DC Comics

Ex Machina is one of those rare books that never fails to please. It’s a book of superheroics combined with political intrigue, and it has amazing art on top of that. Simply put, Ex Machina is a joy to read.

This issue combines 3 main subplots. The first involves Mayor Hundred’s old partner, Kremlin, in a bit of backstory. The second involves Mayor Hundred himself on jury duty. And the third involves what appears to be a robot that looks similar to Mayor Hundred’s alter ego, the Great Machine, taking the law into its own hands. The first and third of the subplots overlap when Kremlin is suspected of having something to do with the robot. Mayor Hundred’s jury duty is very entertaining so far, especially when both the plaintiff and defendent pick him for the jury because they both think he’ll be sympathetic to their respective causes. It also bears mentioning that the case involves someone finding a bag of poop in the salad bar at a restaurant. However, the end of the book sees something go terribly awry…