Title: Ex Machina: The First Hundred Days.
Author: Brian K. Vaughan.
Artists: Tony Harris.
Genre: Literature, fiction, graphic novels, politics, alternative reality, super heroes, fantasy.
Publication Date: 2004.
Summary: When a strange accident gives civil engineer Mitchell Hundred amazing powers, he becomes America's first living, breathing super-hero. Eventually tiring of risking his life merely to help maintain the status quo, Mitch retires from masked crime-fighting and runs for Mayor of New York City, winning by a landslide. And that's when his real adventure begins. In this volume, Mitch comes head-to-head with a controversial artist and a mysterious murderer who's out after the city's snow-cleaners during a terrible snow-storm, as well as recollecting how he had become "The Great Machine" and eventually decided to run for office. This series is an intelligent, exciting, and often challenging look at the nature of politics and heroism in a post-9/11 world.
My rating: 7.5/10.
♥ "Is she black?"
"I don't see how that's relevant."
"It's relevant because of that word, Rima. That word is all about context, context like the race of the person behind it."
"So you have to be part of a select group to use a certain noun? Doesn't that just fetishize it? Doesn't it make it more powerful? I think creators of all colors have a responsibility to appropriate "taboo" phrases from hatemongers. After all, Mark Twain used the n-word dozens of times in Huckleberry Finn, and it's considered the greatest novel in American literature."
♥ "Jesus, what's wrong with people? It's freezing out here!"
"Hey, the weather was shittier than this at that ridiculous "Battle in Seattle" a few years ago. Folks are willing to brave the elements when they're pissed-off enough and/or looking to meet liberal coeds."