• Title: Ex Machina, Vol. 8: Dirty Tricks
  • Author: Brian K. Vaughan Tony Harris
  • ISBN: 9781401225193
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ex Machina Vol Dirty Tricks Award winning writer Brian K Vaughan PRIDE OF BAGHDAD Y THE LAST MAN deftly combines big city politics and superheroes in this much lauded series In this latest EX MACHINA volume a new masked advent
    Award winning writer Brian K Vaughan PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, Y THE LAST MAN deftly combines big city politics and superheroes in this much lauded series.In this latest EX MACHINA volume, a new masked adventurer is thrilling New York City but threatens to derail the upcoming Republican National Convention, and the political future of superhero turned mayor Mitchell Hundred hanAward winning writer Brian K Vaughan PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, Y THE LAST MAN deftly combines big city politics and superheroes in this much lauded series.In this latest EX MACHINA volume, a new masked adventurer is thrilling New York City but threatens to derail the upcoming Republican National Convention, and the political future of superhero turned mayor Mitchell Hundred hangs in the balance.

    One Reply to “Ex Machina, Vol. 8: Dirty Tricks”

    1. Would'v been cool if the fangirl could have brought back great machine. I guess we wait a bit longer for the massive build up 😉

    2. Vol. 8 of 10This issue started off dealing with race where we see Mayor Hundred having visions of a slave in chains and dealing with a KKK protest. It never concludes either arc satisfactorily. The other major arc deals with a wanna-be super heroine/villain/stuntwoman who was annoying as heck and should have been kept out of the series altogether. This issue was pretty bad and the whole series is beginning to feel tired and like it’s outgrown its welcome. I feel like I cannot get to the end fa [...]

    3. Another great installment of the continuing adventures of Mitchell Hundred, retired super-hero and mayor of New York. Vaughan continues to deliver a unique mix of political intrigue and adventure in these tales, and he somehow manages to make the story realistic and relevant on many levels. Mitchell has plenty of headaches in this collection. The Republican national convention to nominate Bush for the 2004 presidential election is coming to New York, and they’ve asked the independent Hundred t [...]

    4. In the latest volume of the excellent Ex Machina series, Mayor Hundred is haunted by the ghost of a slave, tries to convince Deputy Mayor Wylie to succeed him when he retires and become NY's first black mayor, prepares to be keynot speaker for the Republicans' National Convention, tries to catch a female "terrorist" who threatens to humiliate President Bush when he comes to town, and ponders whether to allow the KKK a permit to stage a rally in New York. "Dirty Tricks" is a return to form for th [...]

    5. The central arc of this volume is driven by a 'villain' who looks like Harley Quinn crossed with The Great Machine. It explores the question of whether masked heroes inspire and attract criminals. She is a fun and attractive character, but a bit shallow in her motivations. I'm still really liking this book. The art, story, and dialog are all quite good.

    6. The last two collections have underwhelmed me. They're not awful, just not anything special. I liked the idea of the Great Machine's female foil, but she didn't quite ring true.

    7. Giving this one a lower rating due to the fact that's not a single arc but three shorter stories.Still pretty good though

    8. A little bit more involved with the politics of the time and has an interesting cameo by the creators, continues the story with humour, action and some sexuality.

    9. *sigh*It's becoming increasing clear that no matter what BKV has up his sleeve, I don't think he'll be able to adequately close out Ex Machina on a high note. Only two volumes left and we're getting new characters being introduced and story threads from three volumes ago that are still left dangling with no resolution in sight. For some of the highs this story has reached, Ex Machina can really spin its wheels at times.

    10. "The Race"A stand-alone story which focuses on Mitchell and Wylie. It explores the background, even the origin of their relationship. It also involves an apparition with a spiral design on his chest. Said apparition might be related to an African burial ground that had been disturbed "a few years back". "Dirty Tricks"Monica, a former New York City tour guide, was crushing hard on the Great Machine after seeing him in action up-close. Fast forward to Mitchell revealing his identity, announcing hi [...]

    11. Graphic Novel. Jesus! Tits left and right. Now, I enjoy breasts as much as the next person who enjoys breasts, but I don't remember this many naked breasts in previous trades, and I really don't remember this title being inclined towards those spine-bending lady superhero poses, but this book's got both and it's a losing combination.It starts with The Race, a one-off where Mayor Hundred is briefly haunted by the ghost of a black slave. Mostly harmless if you excuse the What-This-Dead-Black-Guy-N [...]

    12. There's nothing really wrong with this volume of Ex Machina -- okay, there are a couple things wrong, starting with the idea that a particularly daring graffiti artist would even be on the radar of the GOP national convention -- but it doesn't feel like volume 8 of 10. The series enters its final year of publication with these issues, but there seems to be no hurry towards a conclusion, and the action only rises by inches. Trouble is a fun character, if not particularly deep, but I feel like we' [...]

    13. Grown man topics is something you gotta deal with, No matter how many super powers you love it ain’t gonna equal up to this real shit.Let me just start by saying this is the best “Graphic Novel” I have ever read. I wouldn’t even call this a comic. I know that there is a difference between a comic and a graphic novel but I’ve also seen the terms use interchangeably but this piece of work is too great to be called anything else. I read “Y The Last Man” so I was a fan of Brian K Vaugh [...]

    14. Three stories in this volume, none of them particularly fantastic.First Hundred sees a ghost because people are part in the machine that is the cityYeah so that's a stretch.This weird Poltergeist Roots mashup made no sense and I still don't know what the point was exactly.Next we get what the cover so expertly tantalized us with, the Great Machine's version of Catwoman, except not really since the chick is annoying stupid and crazy and has no real relationship with Hundred. Plus if you are going [...]

    15. Brian K. Vaughan, Ex Machina vol. 8: Dirty Tricks (Wildstorm, 2010)If there is a problem with Dirty Tricks, the eighth volume of Vaughan's wonderful series Ex Machina, it is hubris. Vaughan is pushing not only Mitchell Hundred's boundaries here (though to be fair, it's no place we didn't suspect Vaughan was headed), but also his own. And while he is up to the task—I would believe Vaughan capable of walking on the moon without a space suit and surviving sometimes—I do wonder if these mini-sto [...]

    16. This trade is as consistently great as the seven that have come before it.A man who becomes "infected" with an alien technology finds he can now talk to machines. He then become a crime-fighting vigilante on the streets of NYC (The Great Machine). On 9/11 he manages to prevent the second plane from hitting the second tower. Now that he's a hero, what does he do? Run for mayor of course.This series takes place during his term as mayor - Mayor Hundred mostly faces the trials of being a mayor in NY [...]

    17. There are more lessons to learn. Such as how to fit a smaller narrative arc within a larger one. Say, for example, that one is writing a comic book series called Ex Machina, a particular part of the series which has been collected into the graphic novel Dirty Tricks, and in within this section there is a story about a renegade dubbed Trouble that falls quite flat without reaching its potential. The showdown between Hundred and Trouble just kind of happens. And that’s that. No addressing her ob [...]

    18. I enjoyed this more than the lacklustre recent volumes. It's off to an interesting start with ghostly slaves but it feels a little off, like Vaughan had realised that to date none of his political themes had touched much on race. So we get an all too brief one shot centred on white guilt that generally feels rushed and underdeveloped, like he was either too worried about exploring the issue or wanted to just move on and pay it lip service. The next arc is more developed and satisfying with a fem [...]

    19. I keep forgetting how this book happens in the near-political past, but Brian K. Vaughan does a good job mining the 2004 Republican National Convention for a nice political story that all-but-excludes George W. Bush, a loaded, delicate subject, from a story about terrorism and activism. The female villain (the one kissing Mayor Hundred on the cover), isn't the most thoughtful gal, but she serves her purpose.The single-issue stories book ending the main story are the best part, especially the las [...]

    20. It's 2004 and the RNC national convention is in NYC to re-nominate Bush. Independent mayor and former superhero Mitchell Hundred has eyes on using his speech at the convention as a launching pad for his presidential ambitions after last volumes revelation. An obsessed fan of the Great Machine appears and starts staging anti Bush stunts to get the Great Machine to reappear, and threatening the convention. Conflicts between the Mayors past as a costumed vigilante and his current responsibilities a [...]

    21. The eighth volume of Ex Machina begins with a minor haunting of Mayor Hundred by an African spirit. Following the one-shot issue, Hundred has his hand full with a new costumed troublemaker in town. As a former fan of the Great Machine who wants the mayor back in the costume, former tour guide Monica has taken her crush to an extreme level. Using dangerous stunts to attract Hundred's attention, the mayor must use his lips to end the problem - and not by talking to machines! The interesting premis [...]

    22. The close of this series is really weak. Where in "Y: The Last Man" the series grew stronger in the last three episodes, this one has just kind of fallen off the cliff and into the realm of shark-jumping implausibility. Yeah, there are moments that jump out at you. A couple of wow moments (especially in the final chapter of this volume's pretty much 'wow' through and through), but overall, this was a struggle to get through. It's been that way for the last 2 volumes, sadly. Only two books to go, [...]

    23. Mayor Hundred is considering a giant leap in political terms, all the while trying to combat a President hating menace during the days before the Dubya is set to come to the big apple. The terrorist is a tour guide with a crush on The Machine, Hundred's retired alter ego. She is angry that he gave up The Machine, and goes to great lengths to orchestrate a meeting between the two. When this happens, Hundred defuses the situation in an unexpected way. I'm still liking how this series is going. The [...]

    24. Trampy villain, I thought "Come on, your more talented then this", but it's a collection about the aftermath of the super-hero, the begins and the missteps in the cult of super hero. And it introduces the idea again of the city being a living machine. It raised the hair on my arms, just a cool idea. Same feeling a got when Hundred talked about the sad elevators, Vaughan is playing with some fun concepts here. And of course the mystery continueswhat is Kremlin up to? Fun, Fun comic.

    25. I dug this one not just for that cover (which rules and attracted my interest), but it gives a personal quality to why The Great Machine mattered. This series does a good job of using 9/11 as a theme to only barely support the character when need be without exploiting it. It lends itself well, and it makes a different because it's rooted in hope and cause and the impossible struggle of Americans (all within the realm of this sly take on superheroes).

    26. Now this arc is firmly in the superhero with a side of politics. A new vigilante shows up and has a thing for the mayor. Also, the larger arc of how the series will end is starting to really show. There are a few signs of domestic abuse and I can say now that I have finished the series, that I should have paid more attention to these small moments.

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