“Alex + Ada” has tread mostly familiar ground so far; writers Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn introduce us to a familiar conception of an electronically integrated future complete with communicator implants and robot butlers. Recently, a federal law has been passed banning sentient A.I. due to a recent robot-on-human massacre (pre-comic unfortunately). Enter Alex: a introverted late bloomer á la Theodore in “Her” who has been gifted a Tanaka X5, the most realistic android on the market. Unfortunately for Alex his new companion is not realistic enough and he options to have her embedded personality illegally unlocked, putting both himself and Ada in mortal danger. With issue #7, this book really starts to come into its own and reveal itself as the truly unique narrative it surely intends to be.
ART BY: Jonathan Luna
RELEASE: June 18, 2014
Reviewed by Epic Switzer
It’s been a slow boil over the last six issues of Alex + Ada but things are finally starting to heat up for Alex and his android companion. After a close call with a nosey neighbor, Alex and Ada visit Katherine and her “sleeping” android, Daniel and realize how difficult keeping Ada’s secret is going to be. “Awake” Ada is truly a delight and continues to endear with her quickness and childlike sense of wonder.
I won’t spoil the reveal at the end of this issue, but I think it’s safe to say this title has started down the road into an intriguing sci/fi-thriller that I can’t wait to follow. I didn’t think much of Alex and his first-world problems initially, but now I see him more as an everyman positioned to react to his ensuing adventure with the adorable-yet-capable Ada. Although we’ve seen her type of character before, Ada’s refreshing curiosity and “every day is a new discovery” attitude is a formula that really works. It is easy to relate to Alex and his struggle to protect her while simultaneously wanting to let her experience life for the first time. It is a joy to see the world through her eyes.
If you aren’t reading this book, I recommend picking up the trade when it drops July 16th. The first few issues feel like a bit of a drag, and don’t go out of the way to introduce many fresh ideas, but it is evident by this issue that there is a real threat and things will progress in unexpected directions. If you’re looking for a departure typical action titles, I highly recommend this series.
Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles. His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality. He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.