Throughout this comic book, it shows many amazing illustration. Some of these picture are drew by Tom Feister. Tom feister illustrated some of the pictures in Ex Machina. The pictures in this comic are very detail. However, on this site, tom shows many of his work on different comic books. Tom also illustrated many other common comic book, such as Iron Man and The Avengers. Tom had his career off of drawing comic books. Many of these comic book had very good drawing and the picture are very detail as well. Tom was also interview about his works. Tom also mention that he become interested in drawing comic books by playing with action figure as a little boy. I find it amazing how he want to draw superheros and he also became a superhero as he drew them in many of those comic books. Many people look at his drawing in many of these comic books and make other drawer want to become like him. I have many friends that like to draw and wish to become a great artist someday. But, after reading what Tom Feister when through to get what he want, any other artist could do the some.
When I first laid my eyes on Ex Machina, I figured since its a comic about a superhero it should be interesting. Mostly what I found to be interesting in this comic would be the amazing powers Mitchell Hundred had gotten. I found it pretty cool and useful that he can control electronic devices and things around him. I would have to say Ex Machina was quite confusing at parts. I found myself reading pages over to understand what I had just read a little better. There are still some parts I am confused with such as why would a teenager murder two snowplow drivers. All the statements Hundred said about Kremlin being the criminal made much more sense to me than a teenager. What I would love to know is what had stopped Hundred from continuing to be the Great Machine?! I was hoping for a few clues in this volume of the comic but not much came to mind. My only guess would be maybe he witnessed a death or lost someone very close to him. To me, this comic was ok, I’m not saying I didn’t completely enjoy this comic because there were some parts where I would find myself smiling towards a funny comment a character would say, my only problem was I was confused a lot ! If I continue to read more issues of this comic maybe my questions and confusion would be cleared up there.
– Michelene J.
I read a few interviews with Brian K. Vaughan about Ex Machina but one question really stood out to me while I was reading and interview between Vaughan and AV Club. the AV Club interviewer asks “When we last spoke to you, Ex Machina had just begun. Did you have a clear sense then of where it was going to end up?” I had been asking myself the same question when I was reading. Did he have a plan with the story line of Ex Machina? or was it more of a creative blurt out of emotions behind any feelings he had toward 9/11? It was his answer that intrigued me more. He replied “I had a pretty good sense of where it was going to end up, I guess. I knew what Mitchell’s ultimate fate would be, and how he was going to get there…” then it clicked for me. it had to be a bit of both there had to be a bit of emotion behind this story.
(Interview between Vaughan and AVC : Quotes taken from: http://www.avclub.com/articles/brian-k-vaughan,47783/)
What I picked up from this is that the reason why Vaughan wrote this comic was to shed a little light on everyone’s point and to give a little bit of hope on the political stand point crisis.
_Lauren Randazzo (Eng102 0767)
On an interview i read about with Brian Vaughan talks about why Brian came up with the idea of Ex Machina. During the interview many questions were asked about Brian’s comics he’s comics are considered must read superhero books, but aside from them all i payed closer attention to Ex Machina and why he came up with this idea. He states that he came up with this idea because he likes telling stories about realistic events that occurred through out the years. Ex Machina was based on the day of 9/11. He created Ex machina on the day of 9/11 because he says. “I was living in Brooklyn at the time with my then-girlfriend/now-wife, and we watched the towers fall from the rooftop of our building. You feel particularly impotent as a writer at that time, especially as a comic book writer, and you want to respond in some way….” Basically, the way Brian responded was telling the story in a fictional way in his comic book. Brian also stated how ” especially the way we are looking for our leaders to be heroes.” he also asks himself ” Is there really such a thing as a hero, or is that just a fiction we create…” in his interview Brian says that comic books answers that question for us when he created a comic book which has a super hero in it such as the great machine which saves the city and becomes mayor of New York. In this fictional comic book the leader is a hero. Link of the interview is shown below
Ex Machina is a compelling science fiction that is really hard to understand. To be honest, I read this comic twice in order to get the sense of the story. The only thing that really help me get a better comprehension is the flashback and the facial expressions of the characters. In the beginning, I perceived that the protagonist know as Mitchell Hundred was very disheartening after the 9/11 event because he failed the first first plane from destroying the other skyscraper. Mitchell was very terrifying , upset and decide to retire to became a new mayor of New York City. This is why it is very complicated to understand this comic novel .First of all he was a super-hero that controlled any kind of machines and devices and second, he became the mayor of the city by helping the civilians with his political solutions. The reason why his life is very complex because when he was a hero , the commissioner Angotti thought that the great machine was not a hero but a vigilante that also hurt innocent people. Other scene like the snowplow driver who was assassinated and the offensive exhibit in the museum, got me really confused until I got some specific details to open my mind. In my opinion, I think Mitchell Hundred used to have some personal problem with black people. There was this part when Mitchell memorized his childhood about his mother getting raped and killed by a black guy. As Mitchell grew older, he found the murderer, tortured and inadvertently insulted him with the word NIGGER. To be honest, I think it’s a fascinated story and it will be even better if they give more details about the killer know as the young kid and the appalling museums.
So first and foremost I was tricked into thinking Ex Machina was going to be about what occurred on 9/11. However, this comic was based more on a great machine and different tragedies that took place. In some parts I was really confused since there a lot of flashbacks and you have to really pay attention to the dates. Mitchell is a very interesting character even thought this comic overall in my opinion wasn’t very interesting. I found out what he meant in the beginning when he says “But real heroes are just a fictional character we create” because in this comic he was a hero to everybody. He doesn’t believe he’s a hero because he couldn’t stop the first plane from attacking on 9/11 but there were also other situations he feels he could have stopped. The ending really confuses me because Kremlin was the accused criminal of killing the drivers and they have the reader thinking he’s a horrible person but then it switches up. Throughout this comic I was very confused and the one question I have is if Mitchell saved more people lives while he was the great machine why didn’t he stick with that “hero?”
After completely reading Ex Machina twice, because frankly the first time confused me, I came to my own personal conclusion that it wasn’t as interesting as I thought it would be. The flashing back and forth had me lost the first time I read it, and I never really understood Kremlins role. Was he the father figure or more of a creator? I thought based on the first page with the picture of Mitchell and the plane, that Ex Machina would be more about the 9/11 tragedy than anything else but it was more about random crimes than 9/11 itself. Having to read the comic twice, I’m still fuzzy on how he got to have all these powers, and what the green box is. I found that the whole comic was a bit disorganized and confusing. Especially after reading Fables which I thought was more interesting than Ex Machina, especially since Fables was more organized and clearly stated than Ex Machina. One part of the comic that left me a bit more confused than the rest were the two ‘criminals’. Trista the artist of Abraham Lincoln the Nigger destroys her own painting, and then some young “kid” was the killer of the two drivers? I felt like it should have been the same person and in all honesty I was rooting for Kremlin to be the criminal. Everything that Mitchell and Bradbury stated that basically pinned him to the crimes made sense in my mind so I definitely thought it would be Kremlin. None of this comic made sense to me, I really need someone to explain this whole shenanigan to me further.
Reading Fables Volume I, made me a lot more interested in comic books than I ever thought I’d be . I always looked at comic books as some sort of picture book that didn’t really have no meaning behind it however, this comic book in particular changed my whole view. A lot of my classmates believe that Prince Charming is such a jerk in which he is but I think that was the best way to make him. Multiple people consider Prince Charming as the “perfect and helpless romantic” and in Fables he’s prince charming not so charming. The question I have is however why did they choose to make him this way? Is it because people expect for Prince Charming to always be the hero type? In class, we spoke on the side jokes such as Pinocchio not wanting to remain a boy for the rest of his life and wants his “balls to drop and get laid.” The humor behind this is that in our view of fairy tales this wasn’t the case, Pinocchio wanted to become a real boy and experience life as a real boy not just getting laid. This other side of fairy tales I believe is what caught my interest the most.