On this date in 2004, Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris's Ex Machina #1 debuted, beginning a fifty-issue run that is widely considered one of the best comics of the 2000s. More specifically than that, though, it's the most real-world relevant superhero comic... ever?
In common with a fairly significant chunk of the comics community, Brian K. Vaughan was in New York on September 11th, 2001, and witnessed the events of that day first-hand. Sublimating his experiences into his art, Vaughan penned Ex Machina, a modern masterpiece that used an alternate version of 9/11 to explore America's relationships with its heroes. But just as the long-term effects of September 11th are still palpable, Vaughan has continued to explore the anxieties of post-9/11 American throughout his work.
Brian K. Vaughan has come back to comics with a vengeance. With the conclusion of Y: The Last Man in 2008 and Ex Machina in 2010 -- and his departure from Lost after its fifth season in 2009, the highly successful creator dropped out of seemingly the entire public eye for a year. Vaughan return today with
AS THE FOLLOWING REVIEW DISCUSSES THE 50TH ISSUE OF A 50-ISSUE SERIES THAT HAS BEEN RUNNING FOR SIX YEARS, IT SHOULD GO WITHOUT SAYING THAT ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE SPOILERS FOLLOW. THE FOLLOWING REVIEW IS 90% SPOILER, SO UNLESS YOU'RE THE KIND OF PERSON WHO WATCHED THE LAST EPISODES OF "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA" AND "LOST" FIRST, YOU MAY WANT TO READ ALL OF "EX MACHINA" BEFORE READING THIS.
(IF YOU DID WATCH THE LAST EPISODE
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THE ROLLING STONES AND IRMA THOMAS ARE ALL LIARS -- Captain America Reborn #3
Issue #3 of Captain America Reborn releases this week, and to be honest, I remain not as excited by this one as I'd like to be. Captain America's one of my favorite superheroes, Ed Brubaker's one of my favorite writers, and Bryan Hitch draws great s