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...and so the mystery of the Subway Killer is resolved.

 

Brutal opening pages - gratuitous arm chopping ahoy! Satisfactory throw down to wrap things up too, was sufficiently downkey for the kind of book this is (did that make sense ?).

 

Not sure about those closing panels - was she just taking the piss ?

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Do you think he *is*, though? And am i crazy for thinking that it could make the book even better, if Vaughan could pull it off correctly?

 

 

Also, next issue : Hundred's War on Gypsy Fortune-tellers!!! (echoes of Starman?)

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I hope he *is*, if he's not, i feel like i've had my stuff yanked. I have to say that i didn't peg the Subway Killer as that person, total shock to me, although i had a feeling that the reason the killer went on a rampage would be tied to the "Great Machine" the way it was.

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I hope he *is*, if he's not, i feel like i've had my stuff yanked.

 

If you got your stuff yanked by Mayor Hundred, then he most likely IS... :D

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Hmm, I felt a little disappointed by the end of Tag. The first three issues have been my favourite comics to read this year, then they slipped up a bit in the fourth issue (I always thought the events of September 11th should've been revealed in a one-shot, or its own miniseries). This conclusion was very, very good, but I felt a bit rushed. We quickly see how Georges' wife is the killer, then a quick fight with some foreshadowing dropped, and then the wedding.

 

Ehh, I still love the Vaughan/Harris team, and I still liked this issue a lot. Not to mention, it had the best cover of the series yet.

 

Can't wait for #11.

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The art in this one, even considering the brill quality thus far, was just incredible - so good in fact that it somehow managed to get me to laugh at the Ali G guest role! The future suit looks fucking wicked though I'm not a fan of the 60's sci-fi style handguns.

 

More dark mutterings about Hundred's past = aces.

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I always assumed that at the end of Ex Machina #10, with Mitchell asking to come inside, he was going to rock the proverbial casbah with that reporter (her name escapes me at the moment).

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That's the beauty of the scene in question - could have played out any number of ways, me I think he went in to ogle her stash of man on man porn.

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I loved #11 (finally got a copy yesterday). Great stand-alone story, good jumping-on point for new readers, but it still managed to push the main story on a little. Seconding the love for more dark rumblings about Mayor Hundred's past, and indeed his future - one of the best things about this book is the fact that, as is becoming increasingly obvious, Hundred himself is actually a pretty ambiguous character. He's nominally a good guy, and seems to mean well, but it's already been suggested that he'll go to dubious lengths to achieve his ends, and it looks like that's going to be a recurring theme of the series.

 

I was thinking about going 'trades-only' on this title, but as long as the individual issues remain as entertaining as this one was, I'll be sticking with the monthlies for a good while yet.

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Hurm.

 

The mystery bomber.

The mystery killer.

And now, the mystery superhero.

 

Another fine issue in its own right but the storytelling is starting to feel a little too familiar.

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Point conceded, but then again, the next arc looks like it may offer something a little different. Plus, as you say, the issue wasn't exactly lacking in and of itself. Retrospectively, the resolution of the 'Tag' arc was a minor disappointment, but I liked the latest two issues a lot.

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It occurred to me that they were a couple, and they were so horribly contrived that they *had* to be based on someone the writer and/or artist knows.

Maybe, but apparently nobody here, including myself, feels that the dialogue between the two women was like that of any lesbians that they know or know of. Perhaps Vaughn could use this as a model for realistic lesbian dialogue:

http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06182005.shtml

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It occurred to me that they were a couple, and they were so horribly contrived that they *had* to be based on someone the writer and/or artist knows.

Maybe, but apparently nobody here, including myself, feels that the dialogue between the two women was like that of any lesbians that they know or know of. Perhaps Vaughn could use this as a model for realistic lesbian dialogue:

http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06182005.shtml

 

 

Ha! that's great.

 

I really enjoyed this last issue, and am wondering if our mystery "hero" is human or not, it doesn't seem like it really. and if not where did it come from. Also, i was not surprised that that guys comic book store folded as it only sold Wildstorm books (and Athority and Planetary only from the looks of it) i would have thought they would have at least sold Lazarus 5 or some other Tony Harris title. :p

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We haven't talked about this one in a while and a conversation on another forum had me digging up the last handful of issues for a reread.

 

Anyway, anyone have any speculation on the whole "Stars" thing ? A few issues back, the robo-wife thing screeched something about stars as it was melting and the latest issue featured a dream-sequence with Hundred in Iraq, killing soldiers and screaming about stars.

 

I got a bit of an Ultimate Galactus style vibe from some of the language, that the Great Machine was meant to prepare us for the coming of something big and nasty, that idea doesn't really mesh well with the tone of the series to date though.

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He's the Jesus of machines isn't he?

 

I have massive expectations of just how differant the political landscape of Ex Machina will turn out to be.

The last issue obviously echoes the London Police shooting on the Tubes.

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Shades of the tube incident, yeah, but in this instance the actions of the officers were perfectly understandable.

 

Thought the start of the current arc was aces, with the Mayor of Baghdad watching the Machina tape (with added chainsaw nastiness).

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And they weren't in the real incident? It seems both events (real and fictional) were both understanding and devistating coming so close after terrorist attacks as they were.

 

Another grand issue. I wonder about this Ex-Machina Special thats coming out. Is it coming out along side the regular issues, or is it supplanting them?

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I wouldn't have minded that too much, since I think Sprouse is a much better artist than Harris. But since I do still generally enjoy Harris' work on the title (when his excessive use of stilted photo-reference isn't turning even basic conversational sequences into bizarre displays of interpretative dance), this is good news too.

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I think the major factor for me, is that he visually is the voice of Ex Machina.

(I said visually the voice, heh...oh dear...salad of metaphors).

 

It's rare to get an artistically uninterrupted monthly series (with the added bonus of modern dance or not).

I pay severely for that in Ultimates 2.

 

I dont recall finding Harris' acting to be OTT, but i'll have a finer look.

It's not as fine as Sean Phillips' acting, but it's not grating.

 

Soooo....in short, me no like change.

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Chris Sprouse, is good in my books as an Ex Machina artist.

Thankyou Brian and Wildstorm for two issues in one month!

 

If I had a clue as to the nature, origin and workings of Hundred's powers, they are however lost to me now after this isssue.

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Didn't completely have my sack blown off by this issue.

Great ending and that 911 spread was breathless.

 

Again, premise wise, Ex Machina should be one of the greatest comics around and ever (I'm serious), our modern masterpiece.

 

Brian needs to unlock the full potential of his title.

He does use the 911 aspects with restriant, but I want to go deeper into the politicol history of this alternative world.

 

Right now, I'm not sure if he's being meticulous, or just treading water.

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Balthazar, Grinning Fellow — thanks for pointing me towards Ex Machina in the Jon Vankin thread. The first 5 issues were great fun. Well written and well illustrated. They're very decompressed, but since I didn't pay for them, that didn't bother me as much as it usually would. ;)

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