Thursday, January 29, 2015
Alex + Ada
Alex + Ada is a sci-fi drama set in the near future. The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot. (from Goodreads)
And why is Ada more than just a robot? Because Alex goes to great lengths to unlock her free will. Something that is against the law and puts them both at great risk.
I downloaded the first issue of this comics series on a lark, just to try it out, and I found myself gobbling them down so fast I could hardly stop. I could've gone ahead and bought the first collected volume (issues 1-5), but I had already read 1-3 in single format. I had to have MORE MORE MORE, and rather than wait for volume 2 (March 2015), I downloaded all the singles...issues 1-12 because I couldn't stop reading.
What makes this such an engaging story? Probably the moral struggle as well as the longing for companionship. Alex is a fairly low key, everyday kind of guy. A worker bee and regular Joe in a Jetsons kind of future. He's lonely after a failed relationship, and he can't quite stomach the idea of a robot completely dependent upon his permission to do anything. He'd much rather Ada be able to think on her own. To be a companion rather than a servant even though the world he lives in is full of androids and it's considered dangerous and reckless for them to be sentient.
As the political and social tension surrounding Alex and Ada rises, so does the tension within the issues. I am HOOKED.
Least favorite part? The artwork. Now, before you turn tail and run, the artwork in Alex + Ada is very plain. There are no frills, and the environment seems very sterile. It's fitting since Alex has led such a low-key colorless existence. Until Ada arrives to shake things up. You can see a bit of what I'm talking about in the panels up above.
While the artwork style isn't my favorite, it's effective storytelling, and that's a much bigger concern for me than whether or not it's pretty. It's successful.
If you want to be sucked into a story, you need to start on Alex + Ada. It's still going, so there's more to enjoy!
Pub. Date: July 2014 (vol. 1), March 2015 (volume 2)
Publisher: Image Comics
ISBN: 9781632150066 (vol. 1), 9781632151957 (vol. 2)
Source: Bought 'em!