Title: Ex Machina: Power Down.
Author: Brian K. Vaughan.
Artists: Tony Harris, Tom Feister and Jim Clark.
Genre: Fiction, politics, crime, super heroes.
Publication Date: 2007.
Summary: A mysterious new visitor arrives in New York City, with powers that may be connected to superhero mayor Mitchell Hundred's - just as Hundred's own abilities shut down during an extended citywide blackout! Can the mayor manage the ensuing chaos, keep his family safe from an apparent madman, and deal with new revelations about the nature of his barely-comprehended powers?
My rating: 7.5/10.
♥ "This is going to take some time, Mayor Hundred. You didn't think we'd be breaking ground already, did you?"
"Yeah, Candy, I kind of did. And I wanted to be breaking ground for something magnificent, not this rejected freshman art project."
"It's what the victims' families want, sir."
"No, it's what some of the victims' families want. They don't think with a hive mind. Besides, memorials aren't just for the survivors, they're for every generation that comes after us."
"You're the one with the civil engineering degree, Mr. Mayor. You have a better idea?"
"I do. Make them stronger and make them safer... but the towers should look exactly like they used to. "
"Seriously? But when we first met, you used to always go on about how the World Trade Center was some of the ugliest architecture in the city."
"Yeah, sure, the Twin Towers may have looked like two giant boxes of saltines, but they became a part of New York. A crucial part. If we have the capability to give our injured city a... a prosthetic hand, why are we sticking a damn hook on its stump?"
"Sir, if we remake the World Trade Center exactly as it was, you might as well paint a bullseye on it."
"Well, the assholes who hit it last time didn't need a target. Look, anything we build is going to be a risk, but I'd rather it be a testament to our resilience than a giant tombstone looming over Manhattan. I mean, when the British burned down the White House in the War of 1812, did we plant a "Tree of Remembrance" in the ashes, or did we get busy rebuilding?"
"I thought the Canadians burned down the White House."