Comic Book Reviews: Alex + Ada #2


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Alex + Ada #2
Written By: Sarah Vaughn / Jonathan Luna
Art By: Jonathan Luna
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: December 11, 2013

For an issue were not a lot happened I feel like I know so much more than I did. Alex & Ada seems to be a very intimate story in its second issue mostly revolving around the titular characters getting to know each other. The story is told in such a way that plenty of exposition is given about the characters and the world without the use of large text boxes or the heavy handed recalling of previous events. What fascinates me is how simple information is given to the reader. An example would be how most of Alex’s friends feel about having an android companion giving evidence to how new of an idea it is as opposed to being widely accepted. The story has me hooked and I can’t wait for issue number three.

The creative team of Vaughn and Luna seems to work for the tone of the dialogue. This issue has the reader experience Ada as a character for the first time. Her dialogue imparts her synthetic programing and the fact that she has been recently activated, while at the same time hinting at a budding personality that I can’t wait to explore. Alex meanwhile is shown to be very apprehensive and his dialogue is very natural and in context with the events. The characters are the spotlight in this issue and it seems that they will grow and change as the series progresses.

Jonathan Luna’s art style is so subtle that if you are not paying enough attention to each panel you will miss how truly unique it is. This is seen in the minor facial expressions that each character has in conversation and in reaction to certain events. There wasn’t as much of a focus on the technology in this world like in the first issue, but the moments between the main characters shows that this book will be more than just a simple sci-fi or boy meets girl story. All in all I continue to be impressed with the art in this book. That being said Luna’s style won’t be for everyone.

The second chapter for Alex & Ada is an entertaining entry full of smaller character moments. It’s simplicity will ultimately be a selling point or a hindrance depending on the reader. I, however love this title and it will continue to be on my pull list.

I’m giving it 4 out 5 Nerdskulls.

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