Pace is so important in comics. Go to slow and no one will hang around. Rush and your readership can’t focus. Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn are taking their sweet time on this story and it feels so right. Each issue feels like a sweet morsel dropped onto our laps. Issue one delivered Ada, the sexy android companion to the heartbroken Alex. Issue two is focused on whether or not to keep her. Their exploration of the psychology behind the social stigma of owning a companion versus seeing out voluntary human interaction is compelling and more than enough to merit a look at issue three. Luna’s artwork throughout this book is stunning. His sparse backgrounds push the focus to the characters which allow the subtle shifts in facial expression to convey the emotions behind the dialog. This is a perfect melding in a book that is all about the characters and how they feel and react.
I’m struggling to find things to complain about in this book. Can Image release this every two weeks so I won’t have to wait so long between fixes? Maybe bump up the page count so we can get more per month? Okay, here’s a gripe…. the book is visually similar to the Luna Brother’s Sword. Oh wait, that’s a really good thing.
Alex + Ada promises to be a cult favorite among fans that can be patient as Luna and Vaughn explore the interesting concept of purchasing companionship. Mix this into a pull list with some quick cheap thrills and balance out your comic book diet.
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