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Ex Machina, Vol. 7: Ex Cathedra

Ex Machina Vol Ex Cathedra After growing tired of risking his life America s first superhero Mitchell Hundred retires from masked crime fighting and runs for mayor of New York City but he discovers that he has to worry about

  • Title: Ex Machina, Vol. 7: Ex Cathedra
  • Author: Brian K. Vaughan Tony Harris
  • ISBN: 9781401218591
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
  • After growing tired of risking his life, America s first superhero Mitchell Hundred retires from masked crime fighting and runs for mayor of New York City, but he discovers that he has to worry about than just budget problemsTitle.Ex Machina 7Author.Vaughan, Brian K Harris, Tony ILT Clark, Jim ILT Publisher.Dc ComicsPublication Date.2008 10 14After growing tired of risking his life, America s first superhero Mitchell Hundred retires from masked crime fighting and runs for mayor of New York City, but he discovers that he has to worry about than just budget problemsTitle.Ex Machina 7Author.Vaughan, Brian K Harris, Tony ILT Clark, Jim ILT Publisher.Dc ComicsPublication Date.2008 10 14Number of Pages.144Binding Type PERBACKLibrary of Congress.2005281072

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    1. Brian K. Vaughan Tony Harris

      Born in Cleveland in 1976, Brian K Vaughan is the Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award winning writer and co creator of the critically acclaimed comics series Y The Last Man, Runaways, and Ex Machina picked as one of the ten best works of fiction of 2005 by Entertainment Weekly Recently named Writer of the Year by Wizard Magazine, and one of the top ten comic writers of all time by Comic Book Resources, Vaughan s work has been featured and or reviewed in countless mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, MTV, National Public Radio, and feminist magazine Bust, which photographed him for their Men We Love issue don t ask.As an undergraduate film student at New York University, Vaughan got his big break as part of Marvel s Stanhattan Project, a workshop for aspiring comic book writers In the ten years since, he has written nearly all of the major DC and Marvel characters, everyone from Batman to the X Men.In September of 2006, Vertigo released Vaughan s first original graphic novel, Pride of Baghdad, lavishly illustrated by artist Niko Henrichon Inspired by an unbelievable true story of four lions who escaped the Baghdad Zoo during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Pride is equal parts anthropomorphic adventure and Animal Farm like parable about the ongoing conflict in Iraq, and was described as the best novel so far about the war by the UK s Telegraph.Along with his creator owned work, Vaughan is currently writing The Escapists, a Dark Horse miniseries inspired by Michael Chabon s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay, as well as a new Doctor Strange limited series for Marvel with artist Marcos Martin.This summer, the new WGA member CAA client transplanted his poor playwright wife to Los Angeles, where Vaughan is currently working on the screenplay adaptations of Y and Ex Machina for New Line Cinema, as well as other new creations in film and television.His home on the web is bkvcomics, and he s become the last aging hipster to get a MySpace page myspace briankvaughan

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    1. Not sure if I'm getting bored with the series or what, but this volume didn't exactly develop the story or character very much. If anything it was a "let's do a spy story." Eh. Might need a break.


    2. Vol. 7 of 10This one was all about religion, mainly Catholicism. Mitch is about to have a big meeting with Pope John Paul II. Some lab rats are part of an experiment to control Mitch’s brain through a joystick. This volume was a little too blasphemous for my taste. Nothing to recap as I’ve basically summed it all up right here.



    3. "Ex Machina" is a series that puts a number of hot potato political issues into its issues - protesting illegal wars, legalisation of cannabis, gay marriage - and now Vaughan has Hundred confront the role of religion. Vaughan shows Hundred as the progressive mind that we all hope Obama is, fighting against anti-abortionists, abstinence, and the use of stem cells, just as Hundred was for gay marriage, for legalising marijuana, and against the war in Iraq (all good things I agree with and I'm sure [...]


    4. Graphic Novel. Hundred goes to visit the Pope. Sigh. You got me. I'm bored. The initial premise of this title had a lot of promise, but the stories Vaughan is giving me are weak and don't take advantage of the world he's built. He somehow manages to make Agnotti boring in her own origin story, and Agnotti is awesome.Two stars, but only because Hundred has such beautiful eyelashes. I'm glad it'll be a while before the next trade is out. I need some time to recover from the disappointment.


    5. Love the series, but this is one of the weaker volumes in terms of writing. Art is consistently great, but my evaluation is limited by the material. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed the hell out of it.


    6. Delves deeper into the mystery of Hundred's origin and his personal demons. Want to finish the series to see how it ends.


    7. Ex Cathedra started out so promising but with only three volumes left I'm beginning to worry about Vaughn's ability to bring this saga (see what I did there?) to a close. Mayor Hundred travels to the Vatican to meet the Pope while Russians are plotting to hack his brain in an attempt to get him to assassinate the Holy Father.While the art is sufficiently trippy, the substance comes up short. The Vatican's astronomer could've been an interesting character as a man of faith and science. He even wo [...]


    8. 3.5 this series only has 3 more books left in the series, it goes up and down with the consistency of how good the storyline is


    9. "Ex Cathedra"Mitchell gets summoned to the Vatican to meet the Capo of the Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II. Meanwhile, a villain fit for a James Bond movie (complete with receding hairline and eye-patch!) plans to - get this - hack into Mitchell's brain and have him assassinate the Pope. Heck, even the assassination plot seems out of a James Bond movie. Needless to say, the plot fails, the Pope lives, and the villain dies - by biting on some sort of poison capsule. Oops. Maybe I should've mar [...]


    10. 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 [...]


    11. This graphic novel series focuses on Mitchell Hundred, ex-superhero with the ability to telekinetically control machines and current mayor of New York City. Most of the superhero sequences take place in the past, while the current day sequences focus on Hundred governing a major metropolitan city. Volume 7, Ex-Machina's take on "Manchurian Candidate", sends Mayor Hundred to Italy on summons from the Pope. Flashbacks explore Hundred's uneasy relationship with organized religion. The back-up story [...]


    12. What a coincidence! I just came back from Rome and now major Hundred is in Rome.The art in this comic has developed to be really beautiful, the expression on the faces of the characters are really priceless sometimes and the violence is pretty damn graphic.The stories in this serie has varied from very (at least to a Finnish guy like me) hard to understand political shit to sheer brilliance. In this collection, for some reason, Vaughan brings in the religious side of US people. A thing that I ha [...]


    13. Brian K. Vaughan, Ex Machina: Ex Cathedra (Wildstorm, 2008)Hundred is invited to Rome for an audience with Pope John Paul II, who senses he's about to die. Before that happens, he wants to take the measure of Hundred. Maybe a little spiritual diagnostics will figure out what the deal is with Hundred's powers where all else has so far failed? There are others in the Vatican, however, who believe Hundred to be something far darker than a miracle of technology some interesting ideas here, and Vaugh [...]


    14. International politics takes center stage in the 7th installment of Ex Machina. Called overseas for a visit with Pop John Paul II, Mitchell Hundred is unaware that Russian operatives are looking to use new technology to turn the Great Machine a murdering one. The Russian subplot barely registers in a story that challenges the scientific and religious, as Mitchell and the reader are asked about where they place their faith. Featuring an excellent cameo from the Pope, this volume does a nice job o [...]


    15. Well this got weird. Hundred flies to Rome andets the Pope? Also he has weird religious visions with angels that have metal nipples confused.The flashback we get of the Great Machine are fun as always but the current story left a lot to be desired. There is a lot of build up for what is ultimately a quick and lackluster finale.The final issue is a standalone tacked on about Commissioner Angotti and her backstory. Guess what, nobody cares about Commissioner Angotti, and you still won't after read [...]


    16. Another issue that seems to exist with a theme in mind but no need to propel the larger story and character arcs further, "Ex Machina: Ex Cathedra" is a solid but not great addition to the series. The bonus is that this is one of the funniest editions yet and we get some mind-control stuff that's interesting with Mayor Hundred going for a PR trip to the Vatican just as he's being programmed to kill the pope. This leads to a comedic trip that also includes the Russians. It went by fast, it was go [...]


    17. I guess I'm glad I read the last collection before this else I wouldn't kept going to find out what happens in the end.This collection shows none of the complexity, nuance, and engagement with the issues that story lines previous had handled so well. The story is dull, actually, involving a Russian's plot to use Hundred to kill the pope. Since the story is unimaginative, they try to spice it up with violence and then have the Russian hire a prostitute so they can show some gratuitous nudity. And [...]


    18. This was an interesting installment in the series, but it didn't seem to advance the overall plot of Ex Machina. Since I haven't reached the end, this isn't exactly a full-fledged review, but it felt like the volume was marking time. Also, this series just seems less exciting now that I'm reading Sandman. I know they're very different in terms of genre, but Ex Machina is suffering due to the comparison. Before I go ahead with #8, I think I'm going to go back to the start and refresh my memory ab [...]


    19. Well, this series is hard to predict. Here, the political flavour of the week is religion which is fine enough. Then the pope shows up. Plus some evil Russians, a mind controlled rat, gratuitous nudity and an assassination attempt. ErIt's not bad, it's just an odd mix that feels out of place to the rest of the series and some of the jumps seem a little forced and undeserved. The final issue is a 'fill in the unnecessary back story' with the Commissioner setting up the Great Machine equivalent of [...]


    20. This volume involves an audience with the Pope, an assassination attempt, more information on the Great Machine's nemesis Pherson, background stories involving Hundred's prior life as the Great Machine as well as his relationship with the police commissioner, and a big revelation about Hundred's future. This volume was more satisfying than the last couple, with a science vs. religion story that becomes a science and religion story, and more information and hints about the past as well as the fut [...]


    21. Hundred goes to the Vatican and is chased by an assassin. A lot of this is god fodder and of course, no issue is resolved. This felt more like a colour by issue arc than most of them but I really liked it for the plot. Hey, it has a pope in it! Only three volumes left and I keep thinking that power will breed an eventual death - either at the polls or by the hands of an assassin.


    22. Brian K. Vaughan, need I explain more? Ex Machina is written by a talented writer and sketched by an equally talented artist. The story is wonderful, albeit at times a slog; the characters are also rich, and complicated beings. The arcs feel a little contrived, and felt forced to move the plot along, but overall Ex Machina was still a lovely, lovely read.


    23. this is the 7th installment of what i consider to be the next great, genre altering comic book. it stars mitchell hundred, super hero turned mayor of new york. what's his super power? he can talk to machines. how'd he get it? that's a terrifying, classified secret my friend. in V.7 we follow mitch to rome where we ponder if he the anti-christ or not.


    24. Saying this is some kind of low point in a saga that is generally written very well feels kind of strange. But I wasn't entirely convinced by the story that takes place in the Vatican - and the lack of information about the thread didn't help either.But then there was a very strong stand alone issue about one of the supporting characters.


    25. This volume does continue the recent trend of actually making the separate storylines work together. However, it also adds some strange religious elements to a series that already struggles to manage the pieces that are present. Otherwise, this volume continues to make some mild improvements to the series as a whole, with curiosity about its end point being the strongest element.


    26. Slightly pointless addition to the series, this one. So now the Russians are randomly involved, the Pope has done something ambiguous, and for some reason we've just been introduced to Angotti's husband at the precise moment he stops being relevant. If you have to bring in new back story to make things stack up then your characterization isn't strong enough.


    27. This was more serious. Not dramatic, but more thoughtful in its movement, almost careful. There's a weird dialogue in this throughout where it seems unsure what this entire series is or what it's about. It worked ultimately, but it seemed like it was on the verge of drifting.


    28. This book seemed like it was treading water. Like whoever wrote it knew there was more and better coming but had to hold off on getting there. it wasn't BAD, it just wasn't as good as previous collections.


    29. A fairly self-contained story with Mayor Hundred meeting the former pope in 2003. I didn't quite get the many fantasy sequences, the big revelation at the end, or the motivations of the main villain.The last issue gives the backstory on the police chief. It's okay, but a bit formulaic.


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