Alex + Ada #2 Review

by @Jeff on Dec 12, 2013

A continually thoughtful and inspiring look at everyday life in a tech-heavy world.

The Good

In this second issue Alex is trying to determine if he wants to keep his new gift from Grandma - a very life-like droid named Ada. Jonathan Luna has clearly taken the time to consider the nuances that comprise "normal life" in this future tale and he does a wonderful job of subtly conveying his vision. The art is spot-on for communicating typical, daily routines, emotions and person-to-person correspondence. The story moves at just the right pace without rushing us through the details. I can easily relate to Alex's inner-struggle with the decision on whether or not to allow ones self to connect emotionally with what's essentially no more than a machine rapidly chunking through decisions using 1's and 0's. The faint social embarrassment of owning Ada also shines through and further adds to the complexities of his decision. It's a wild, thought provoking experience. As a side-note, I read this issue digitally. I'm not generally a fan of digital comics, but that experience did this title a lot of justice. The first few panels show Alex peering out his window in each direction, which the digital experience of swiping from one to the next was highly enjoyable and immediately sucked me into his thought process.

The Not So Good

I'm finding it difficult to extract things I dislike from this issue. My biggest complaint would probably be how some of the currently minor characters are drawn. It's really not a big deal, but it's worth mentioning since I'm obligated to point out any downside here. I feels like the subtle details that go into these minor characters are slightly lacking. However, the expressions, even on those less than perfect characters, are still wonderfully portrayed.

The Bottom Line

I wish I didn't have to wait another month to know what's coming next. As a software engineer that works with fresh, web-based technologies on a daily basis I have no choice but to enjoy the hell out of the potential reality Luna puts out there. The story is great and the thoughts that go into making it feel like everyday life are fun and engaging. The only reason I'm not giving this a full 5 stars is because I struggle to see how the series will keep engaging me in a year out. But for now - I'm in!

4.8 / 5
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Alex + Ada #2
Released December 11, 2013
Writer Jonathan Luna
Artist Jonathan Luna
Cover Artist Jonathan Luna

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