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 when Ada is dropped into his life, will Alex keep her? (Image Comics)
When I first heard about Alex + Ada (thanks to Andi at Estella’s Revenge) I was intrigued. I watch a lot of sci-fi, but I’ve been wanting to read more of it. The setting appealed to me: a tech-savvy future complete with robots and artificial intelligence, but fairly early on, when society is figuring out how to deal with all the changes this new technology brings. Also, I’ve been wanting to read more in the graphic novel/comics medium. So this series sounded like a good one to take a chance on.
And it was! I would read an issue, purchase the next one, read it, purchase the next one, etc. just to see if I liked the series. After issue #4, I knew I was hopelessly hooked. I had to read every single one, so I bought the rest (there are 12 in all right now) in one go.
These issues aren’t packed with a ton of action coming from all sides, which is a characteristic that has always made me feel a little wary about reading comics. Instead, the socio-political climate of a very believable future is slowly revealed. The way people react and interact, how their beliefs are challenged, how their lives are changed — that’s what really grabbed me. The thing is, much of this isn’t anything new to the sci-fi world: artificial intelligence, cybernetic revolts, technology that is controlled by the mind. It doesn’t matter: It’s all executed so well here, it felt completely fresh.
Despite the slow unfolding of the storyline, something major does occur in each issue. Be warned: Luna and Vaughn know how to write a cliffhanger. Every time I got to the end, the words “to be continued” caught me off guard. I’d been so absorbed in the story, it was an unwelcome jolt back to reality.
It’s killing me to have to wait a month for the next issue!
Okay comics lovers, this series is bringing me into the fold. What other comics (or graphic novels) might I like, especially in the sci-fi realm?