Wednesday, October 19, 2005

EX MACHINA #15

Way to go spreading the secret recipe for NYC's award-winning water, Vaughan. (No, really, it does win taste tests.)

Really random hydro moment aside, this was a pretty cool issue. Even if it does largely take place outside of New York and Vaughan thinks that Mets fans are the nasty ones.

Mitchell Hundred's parental issues are well played here, staying strong and complicated without becoming sappy. That flashback to the storm, where Hundred saves the mother before the children, could be just another example of Hundred's idiot savant social skills, but it also fits perfectly into what we learn about his childhood. When someone loses one parent at a young age and is raised by the other, there's a skewed dynamic between the surviving parent and the child and Hundred's relationship with his mother felt appropriately tilted. Not-so-buried anger, disappointment, simple growing apart with time, and divergent philosophies... versus the remnants of that us-against-the-world bond. Throw in some pretty cool uses of Hundred's abilities to track down his mother's cell phone and his putting everything aside to find her only to have her playing cool once he does... nice.

Also nice was that Hundred assumed the mystery woman was Suzanne Padilla.

Better than nice was Tony Harris's art. Harris is always great, but he had a nice range of scenes to work with here, from the western trailer park scenes (Hannibal's sword-wielding and his surplus of bandaids especially) to City Hall to the digital chase through the ether and it all looked lovely. I've been amused by the cover since the image was solicited.

Overall, a snappy start to a short arc.



4 Comments:

Anonymous jdonelson.nyc said...

Mets fans are unquestionably the nastier fans. Ask Bobby Bonilla, Armando Benitez, Carlos Beltran, or any other Mets player who joined the team and found himself getting mercilessly booed after a week of slightly below-expected play.

To be fair, Yankee fans have developed some of the same short-sighted nastiness in the years since the championships. I suspect that's a symptom of the big-ticket mercenary approach they use when putting together their roster, as opposed to home-grown players (Jeter, Rivera, etc) and overacheivers (O'Neill, Cone, etc.) Not to mention the influx of badwagon-jumpers after their championships in the late 90s.

Anyway, I love your reviews. Keep up the good work!

Thu Oct 20, 01:51:00 PM EDT  
Blogger The Comics Shrew said...

You do know I'm a Mets fan, right? And that, as part of the persecuted minority in our fair city, I laugh at everything you say? :)

And, really. Armando Benitez and Bobby Bonilla didn't get half of what they deserved. Forget a week of sub-standard play. Try a couple of seasons.

Thu Oct 20, 02:00:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous jdonelson.nyc said...

hee hee - yeah, I could tell you were a Mets fan. I could smell the righteous indignation from that line in your review. ;)

You'll have to forgive me: dumping on the Mets is like a security blanket for me after the Yankee's latest lackluster playoff misadventure.

As for Ex Machina, you were right on with all your points. Especially the one about New York's water. I'm always dismayed by how lousy the tap water tastes in other cities.

Thu Oct 20, 02:28:00 PM EDT  
Blogger The Comics Shrew said...

I never understood why anyone drank bottled water instead of tap water until I started traveling outside NYC. Yet another reason not to leave.

(And thanks.)

Thu Oct 20, 02:35:00 PM EDT  

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