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Alex + Ada. Volume 1
Vaughn, Sarah, author.
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Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, 2014.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot.
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"Though this is a fairly classic sci-fi storyline, Luna and Vaughn's sensitive plot and careful pacing keep it exciting,especially as they strip away preconceived notions and use the tale to examinethe complexities of what it is to be human. Luna's spare illustrations match theplot perfectly, particularly his ability to bring nuance and feeling to facesrendered in a very simple style. Fans of Brian K. Vaughan's Saga oranyone who loves a good sci-fi tale will find plenty of thought-provoking stuffhere." - Booklist

"Luna'sartwork possesses a beautiful simplicity that reinforces the importance of thecharacters to the narrative." - LibraryJournal

From JONATHAN LUNA (GIRLS,THE SWORD, Spider-Woman, ULTRA) and SARAH VAUGHN (Sparkshooter) comes ALEX +ADA, a sci-fi drama set in the near future. The last thing in the world Alexwanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But when Ada is dropped intohis life, he discovers she is more than just a robot.' This will be JONATHANLUNA's return to comics after three years off since the end of THESWORD!

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Booklist Review

Robot sentience and its tropes are littered throughout sci-fi mythos. Luna and Vaughn are well aware of this fact, and they use it as a springboard to eliminate bloated exposition and clunky introductions, instead offering a crisp, if at times sterile, streamlined plot. Alex is a lonely twentysomething in a futuristic setting who uses mental implants to set his alarm, make coffee, and interact with the world. He is clearly depressed, and on his birthday, his grandmother buys him a lifelike, state-of-the-art female robot companion, whom he names Ada. When Alex looks for ways to give Ada sentience, recognizing that she will seem incomplete until she has it, he discovers an entire underworld faction attempting to free robots to bring about a revolution. Luna and Vaughn sprinkle in vast world building at an organic pace. Luna's art is a marked departure from most contemporary comic-book art spacious, spare, and minimalist, purposely mimicking the ordered, digital, and robotic nature of this imagined future. Fans of sci-fi comics should definitely add this to their to-read piles.--Spanner, Ben Copyright 2014 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Luna (Ultra; Girls) has teamed up with newbie Vaughn (webcomic Sparkshooter) for this humanistic examination of relationships between artificially intelligent (AI) androids and humans. In the throes of a past relationship (seven months past), Alex stumbles through his day, his misery drawing the attention of his coworkers, family, and friends. In an attempt to break this cycle, Alex's grandmother surprises him for his birthday with a Tanaka X5 android, whom Alex will name Ada. As the story unfolds, Ada by most appearances looks like an attractive woman but with one important difference-Ada is prohibited from having freedom of choice. This limitation begins to torment Alex, so much so that he starts lurking in a clandestine android underworld found in online forums. His question: is Ada's lack of freedom a technological or legal limitation? All of this shady activity occurs within an environment in which many humans fear Ai turning violent against its own creators. Luna and Vaughn both share the writing; Luna's artwork possesses a beautiful simplicity that reinforces the importance of the characters to the narrative. Verdict Vaughn and Luna explore mature topics of what it means to be intelligent and human. There's also the promise in this series for more investigation into the importance of freedom of choice within meaningful relationships. Highly recommended to readers interested in adult themes and sf.-Scott Vieira, Sam Houston State Univ. Lib., Huntsville, TX (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.