Author: Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: August 2015
Genre: Graphic Novel/Adult
Series or Stand Alone: Series, End
Synopsis can be found here.
I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Mild spoilers ahead from the beginning of the series.
Captivating and so sad it’s over.
There’s so much to love about Alex + Ada series. The artwork is clean and grasps your heart. The way the space is used is wonderful, moments taking panels and panels of time with small or no movements. Expressions on the characters faces are full of emotion and conflict. I love how the action is shown in these long sweeping scenes, especially the ones with no dialogue. Sometimes there is stillness, thoughts and yet these panels are the most lifelike.
The story concludes with Alex and Ada on the run. Alex has awoken Ada so she is a fully functioning A.I and not just a robot. But society is against the awakening of these machines and soon, the public turns against their robots. Alex faces challenges as to how to hide Ada’s real personality and awareness from his friends while Ada grapples with her own thoughts of being alive, faith and what it means to be human.
I can’t give too much away without spoiling this edition or the previous ones before it. Let’s just say that Alex and Ada are not safe.
This is one of my favorite graphic novel series and it’s compelling story and crisp artwork draws the reader into a world not too far from our own. It raises so many questions about humanity and love, and leaves those questions for the reader to answer.
The ending is just what I would expect. Thoughtful, bittersweet and hopeful.
Rating 10 One of the Best