Ex Machina Volume 5: Smoke, Smoke by Brian K Vaughan
Graphic novels usually contain existing stories of heroes and villains trying to get the better of each other, but every so often, there are some who have no super heroes in them, just regular heroes and villains along with those who wish to bring them down.
Set in the future, Ex Machina: Smoke, Smoke concerns drugs, whether being bought or sold on the streets, in back alleys or in dark, dingy buildings, this chronicles the futuristic wave of the city drug problem, and Mayor Mitchell Hundred has to decide on what to do with New York City's drug laws. Mitchell has since quit being a regular hero who could control machines, and decided to become mayor to give himself a break from the responsibility of taking down enemies. It seems he has taken on a new responsibility though with how he can tackle the city's drug laws. He has seen what has happened to the city, and wants to see to it that he has the people's best interests at heart. It won't be easy for him-not when other things are going on that confuse and concern the authorities.
There are issues that help him make his decisions, though and Bradbury, along with his side-kick are out investigating a series of break ins where a man is dressed up as a firefighter. As firefighter's are seen as trusted in any community, it makes it easy for this unknown man to gain entry into flats and houses any way he likes, and just when they think they are going to be saved from a possible fire, he pounces and steals their possessions, jewellery or money, he doesn't care.
This is a crime thriller mixed with super hero style, in a graphic novel yet it falls short of what it could be. Though the artwork is excellent, the characters interesting, and it is easy to get involved in their lives, it is the story that does not seem to work. It acts as muddled as the characters in the story who are over indulging in mind-warping drugs.
This Ex Machina Volume 5: Smoke, Smoke book review was written by Sandra Scholes
Have you read Ex Machina Volume 5: Smoke, Smoke?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
Ex Machina Volume 5: Smoke, Smoke reader reviews
5/10 from 1 reviews
There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
Wandering Son: Volume 1
The fifth grade: the threshold to puberty and the beginning of the end of childhood innocence. Shuichi Nitori and his new friend Yoshino Takatsuki have happy homes, loving ...
The Embalmer: Volume 1
Shinjyurou Mamiya, an embalmer in a nation where men of his profession are viewed as outcasts engaging in an unaccepted and unclean practice. For Shinjyurou, it's just ...
The Star of Sorrow
A mysterious terrorist organization is hell-bent on orchestrating a war between the New Human Empire and the Vatican. Special Ops AX Agent Abel Nightroad teams up with a sp...
Shojo Fashion Manga Art School
From 'dos to shoes, how you dress and style your characters says a lot about who they are, before they even utter a word. Whether your story calls for a flashy drama qu...
Shojo Fashion Manga Art School, Year 2: Draw Modern Looks
Irene Flores and Krisanne McSpadden
Shojo Fashion Manga Art School Year 2 is a great accompaniment to the first book, and one of the nice touches to it is its age progression of characters from children to pu...
Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley
There's more to manga than big, shiny eyes and funky hair. In these action-packed pages, graphic novelist Mark Crilley shows you step-by-step how to achieve an authenti...
Wandering Son: Volume 2
Taking the story further from the first novel in this series, Shuichi and Yoshino embark on a school trip that sees Shuichi being bullied while he has to try and come to te...
How to Create Anthropomorphic Fantasy Creatures
Jared Hodges and Lindsay Cibos
In anime and manga there are many kinds of men and women drawn as half animal characters called furries. These are fun to create and draw, and people have been drawing them...
Vassalord: Volume 1
Charley is a vampire hunter with a difference; he is one himself and struggles constantly with what he is, his usefulness to the Vatican and his wondering how God views his...
Pixie: Volume 1
Mariolle and Aurore
Confined within his palace, prince Ael has a secret longing to go outside the stifling walls of his home to see what it's like in the real world out there, but as one w...
Peacemaker Kurogane: Volume 1
The Shinsengumi compound see their new page boy in the flesh for the first time and once introduced to young Ichimura Tetsunosuke, some think he is just a kid from off the ...
Death Note: Kindred Spirit
Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
Light Yagami has taken the role of the second L after four years and continues his work as Kira in order to make the world his own, but in all this L's two proté...
Computer Graphics Society
In its fourth edition, EXOTIQUE 4 firmly establishes itself as the benchmark for CG character art featuring the work of artists from 45 countries (a record for the EXOTIQUE...
Computer Graphics Society
Ballistic Publishing’s previous art book Exotique 4 had a nice mix of fantasy art, sci-fi and concept art thrown in, Exotique 5 however has all that and more as in th...
The Twelve Kingdoms Volume 1: Sea of Shadow
Yoko Nakajima wakes from a terrifying dream where she is surrounded by many ravenous beasts. She is amazed that what she experienced was not real and wonders about its mean...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages:
Books of the Month
A selection of books - old and new alike - that were a joy to read.
Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive in the endless white wilderness beyond the edges of a fallen world. Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she...
Paris was supposed to save Hallie. Now... well, let’s just say Paris has other ideas. There’s a strange woman called The Chronometrist who will not leave her al...
A corrupted city. A dark dream of power. Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his...
The Fifth Empire of Man
Rob J Hayes
The Pirate Isles are united under Drake Morrass’ flag, but the war has only just begun. There’s still a long way to go before he’s able to call himself Ki...
Ian C Esslemont
After the disappointments of Li Heng, Dancer and Kellanved wash up on a small insignificant island named Malaz. Immediately, of course, Kellanved plans to take it over. To ...
Age of Swords
Michael J Sullivan
Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhunes make it all but impossible to unite against the co...
A Time of Dread
The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced and their ancient en...