This week's edition of Tradio offers up the first trade in Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris' epic Vertigo series, Ex Machina. This will also be my first blog give away, but more on that at the end.
Ex Machina is very well written. Vaughan has a wonderful ability with dialogue that seems very natural and makes you really connect with the characters. Additionally, he exhibits very good use of restraint as well, not explaining all, but letting you come to conclusions along with the characters as they do in the story. The art by Harris is amazing; expressive and realistic, it really gives you a sense that you are watching a television drama as much as you are reading a comic book. All that should work so well together and it does...just not for me. At the end of the five issues, I honestly didn't care. I mean, I did care about the characters, but not in the overall mysteries surrounding Hundred's powers. To me, it felt too much like I was watching a television drama about a mayor who can talk to machines. The flashbacks were also a problem for me. They happen a lot. They chop up the story so much and though they explain a lot, I felt more often than not that Hundred was reacting in the now and not acting to stop or even really handle anything. As a first trade, it just didn't hook me into wanting to read more and that is what a good first trade needs to do.
Now...the first Tradio giveaway. Between now and the next Tradio next Wednesday, anyone who emails me at firstname.lastname@example.org will be entered into a random drawing for both the first trade in the Ex Machina series that I just reviewed and the second trade entitled Tag.