From JONATHAN LUNA THE SWORD, GIRLS, Spider Woman Origin and SARAH VAUGHN Sparkshooter, Ruined comes ALEX ADA, a sci fi drama set in the near future The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X, the latest in realistic androids But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is than just a robot Alex takes a huge risk to unlock Ada so she can think for herself and explore life as a sentient android Can they survive the consequences This oversized hardcover collects ALEX ADA issues


10 thoughts on “Alex + Ada: The Complete Collection

  1. Donovan Donovan says:

    Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn have written and illustrated a masterpiece I rarely use that word, but here it s deserving In 376 pages, this book somehow philosophizes reality, sentience, agoraphobia, sexuality, love and hate, relationships, civil rights, Slavery, the Holocaust, technology, politics, and fascism How is that even possible And it s not heavy handed allegory like Alan Moore It s as subtle as a fresh breath of air The story is about Alex Wahl, a disaffected, depressed but good Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn have written and illustrated a masterpiece I rarely use that word, but here it s deserving In 376 pages, this book somehow philosophizes reality, sentience, agoraphobia, sexuality, love and hate, relationships, civil rights, Slavery, the Holocaust, technology, politics, and fascism How is that even possible And it s not heavy handed allegory like Alan Moore It s as subtle as a fresh breath of air The story is about Alex Wahl, a disaffected, depressed but good hearted man His eccentric but well intentioned grandmother gifts him a near sentient, hyper realistic X5 android At first Alex, like most of the futuristic country, is creeped out by Ada But he s lonely, so he s curious about the possibility of companionship once she s given sentience You can imagine where it goes from there Like the greatest indie comics, Alex Ada is beautifully written It s heart wrenching, tender, and honest It s funny It s surprising and masterfully illustrated, razor sharp and dreamlike It s fucking magical A dramatic page turner Science fiction, romance, and allegory It s perfect


  2. Jen Jen says:

    Anyone who has followed me for a time has realized my subclinical infatuation with the potential plug and play dynamics of man and machine I ve done some rudimentary calculations on data transfer rates between baby batter and a Universal Serial Bus capable of accepting such peripherals One does wonder how this industry standard is met I can determine the color of the switches on a mechanical keyboard by conducting the tiny oscillations in barometric pressure through my pelvic bones I ve ha Anyone who has followed me for a time has realized my subclinical infatuation with the potential plug and play dynamics of man and machine I ve done some rudimentary calculations on data transfer rates between baby batter and a Universal Serial Bus capable of accepting such peripherals One does wonder how this industry standard is met I can determine the color of the switches on a mechanical keyboard by conducting the tiny oscillations in barometric pressure through my pelvic bones I ve had numerous romantic entanglements with gold farming bots And I have a back tattoo of Samantha from the movie Her You ll just have to take my word for that, as depictions of cloud based entities of computational irreducibility are, as I told the artist Somewhat nebulous. So of course I was going to get around to reading and enjoying this.But, considering my unique constitution, this book might ve failed me in a way that it couldn t possibly fail a well functioning adult If you re one of those rare beings who doesn t obsess over plugging your lightning port with a sentient flash drive you ll probably have a good time I d recommend it to someone looking for aor less standard romance My disappointment primarily concerns the lack of nuance and creativity I d like to see when investigating the vast gulf between the capabilities of an AI and that of a wet lump, and how it might be reconciled for computational coitus.A fewminor quibbles, which I m going to exaggerate mightily for my own personal amusement Alex The protagonist starts as a semi coherent gelatinous ooze that performs calculations by ripping apart ionic bonds during coffee creamer bukkakes, reliably assimilating the flavors of hazelnut and french vanilla into its phenomenological lexicon through the distributed work of polarized molecules It lacks the primary drives we associate with mammals, aside from eating, which it doesso out of habit or because people treat it as a universal solvent This makes it hard to identify with initially After crossing an undetermined threshold of celery consumption, it gloms on to random objects, utilizing fancy hydraulic tricks to move about in a seemingly aimless, asexual fashion However, with the right level of magnification, one resolves a picture of alien imperatives being fulfilled via a kind of custard locomotion After these mysterious biochemical subroutines are satisfied, its final destination rests, invariably, up the narrow tunnel of its own excrement chute, which it traverses using capillary action in order to peg itself into a submissive torpor and achieve an Ouroboros of reversed plumbing.This collection of free flowing atoms later assumes the form of the most beta, soy latte drinking, milquetoast, gluten free, banana hammock owning, sneaky fucker you ve ever met I use the term sneaky fucker to signify individuals who are so unbearably decent and respectful that you know they ve got to be up to something, and that something involves securing reproductive rights by inserting enough tokens into the vending machine I could ve done with better imagery here But since this Alex fellow exists within the poorly approximated near future reality present in this book, I m forced to accept that he really is that inoffensive There are no discernible edges to him No suspiciously glazed gym socks No heads in the freezer with drill holes ready to accept sulfuric acid.He s what you might call a sweet guy.Ada Far from seeming as if she were a being of silicon, capable of transducing and processing information faster than a run on hand sanitizer, she behaves almost exactly like a human, aside from possessing eidetic recall presumably from an indexed memory and being able to function indefinitely through judicious use of granola bars Much cooler by far if she would ve somehow became the dreaded paper clip maximizer But that would ve been a shit romance.Art It gets the job done That s about the best I can say about it Not my bag First described by Bostrom 2003 , a paperclip maximizer is an artificial general intelligence AGI whose goal is to maximize the number of paperclips in its collection If it has been constructed with a roughly human level of general intelligence, the AGI might collect paperclips, earn money to buy paperclips, or begin to manufacture paperclips.Most importantly, however, it would undergo an intelligence explosion It would work to improve its own intelligence, where intelligence is understood in the sense of optimization power, the ability to maximize a reward utility function in this case, the number of paperclips The AGI would improve its intelligence, not because it valuesintelligence in its own right, but becauseintelligence would help it achieve its goal of accumulating paperclips Having increased its intelligence, it would producepaperclips, and also use its enhanced abilities to further self improve Continuing this process, it would undergo an intelligence explosion and reach far above human levels.It would innovate better and better techniques to maximize the number of paperclips At some point, it might transform first all of earth and then increasing portions of space into paperclip manufacturing facilities


  3. Richard Richard says:

    I ve been increasingly interested in artificial intelligence and the idea of artificial conciousness after watching things like Westworld, Her, and Ex Machina, and Alex Ada was a great way to continue that exploration Set in a future where owning robots are an everyday trend, lonely and recently heartbroken Alex is gifted a state of the art X5 model robot for his birthday At first he wants nothing to do with it but then sees something special within her and decides to do the forbidden allow I ve been increasingly interested in artificial intelligence and the idea of artificial conciousness after watching things like Westworld, Her, and Ex Machina, and Alex Ada was a great way to continue that exploration Set in a future where owning robots are an everyday trend, lonely and recently heartbroken Alex is gifted a state of the art X5 model robot for his birthday At first he wants nothing to do with it but then sees something special within her and decides to do the forbidden allow her to gain sentience.The simple, minimalist art works very well with this story, it s stark, digital appearance lends perfectly to this world and the atmosphere Not only is this an ambitious, heartfelt romance about true love crossing boundaries most people normally wouldn t think would be possible, it s also a smart,, humorous, thoughtful commentary on tolerance and an allegory that works in many different ways


  4. Shadowdenizen Shadowdenizen says:

    Even though I own all the single issues, AND the 3 trades, I nonethless felt compelled to grab and read this gorgeous compilation At a huge discount, to be fair And it captivated me just as much as before if notHighest of recommendations.


  5. Rituraj Kashyap Rituraj Kashyap says:

    A great book to start a new year Had been hearing about this one for a long time, but it was actually after reading Donovan s review that I decided to pick it up Glad I did.Just like Donovan said, the book touches upon so many topics and it s so relevant given the current state of the world.Besides being a beautiful allegory of the issues of the modern world, there were some moments here which just blew me away They may seem far fetched, but just hear me out.Firstly, the sentient android Fran A great book to start a new year Had been hearing about this one for a long time, but it was actually after reading Donovan s review that I decided to pick it up Glad I did.Just like Donovan said, the book touches upon so many topics and it s so relevant given the current state of the world.Besides being a beautiful allegory of the issues of the modern world, there were some moments here which just blew me away They may seem far fetched, but just hear me out.Firstly, the sentient android Franklin has a band aid in the back of his head which covers his neural port This is the port through which androids are woken up, or it can be said that they are given a soul This reminded me of Pulp Fiction, where the character Marsellus Wallace wears a similar bandage in the back of his head and there s a fan theory that in that movie he sold his soul and it is believed somewhere that a soul is taken through the back of one s head.Secondly, when Franklin asks Alex not to abandon Ada on the side of the road if things don t work out, it reminded me of an article I read the other day about some rich people here in India who buy Saint Bernards and Huskies because of their beauty and abandon them later when the dogs get sick due to their inability to cope up with our climate.Lastly, and this one maybe too far fetched, I kept wondering why Prime Inc screwed up while giving the androids the taste for orange flavors and later realized, view spoiler maybe oranges foreshadow death like they did in The Godfather hide spoiler.I can t end this review without talking about the gorgeous art by Luna He made excellent use of the panels and used them repeatedly to indicate passing time, and sometimes the silent panels spoke even .Highly recommended


  6. Cheese Cheese says:

    A fantastic modern day romance A must read.


  7. Megan Megan says:

    Alex Ada was a 4 star read right up until the last few chapters Prior to the end, this collection really surprised me I went into the story wary, not knowing quite what to expect Any time I see a narrative framed around Man falls in love with beautiful android woman I immediately flinch There s a lot of possibility for badness inherent in the trope, and most authors don t have the sociopolitical awareness required to create an honest or respectful story Ultimately, my expectations were Alex Ada was a 4 star read right up until the last few chapters Prior to the end, this collection really surprised me I went into the story wary, not knowing quite what to expect Any time I see a narrative framed around Man falls in love with beautiful android woman I immediately flinch There s a lot of possibility for badness inherent in the trope, and most authors don t have the sociopolitical awareness required to create an honest or respectful story Ultimately, my expectations were mostly thwarted The world building was simplistic and believable, with technology that felt like the natural evolution of our current technology with the exception of sentient androids, which I m still on the fence on re are they ever going to be feasible The best example of this is the Primewave inserts that allow Alex and others to communicate sub vocally, receive messages and notifications from compatible applications, and execute internet or media searches I really enjoyed how the narrative presented the inserts as only partially accepted by the populace there were characters who found the practice creepy or invasive and had opted not to receive the implants Another example is Prime Space, which in many respects looks eerily similar to the virtual reality landing pages I ve experienced with the Oculus Rift The inclusion of service droids to replace wait staff and personal home assistants also felt naturalistic and achievable based on the heavy push for industrial automation happening globally.The handling of several themes, particularly the most obvious androids as sex objects theme, also pleased me I like that Ada was gifted to Alex by his grandmother, who was very open about her sexual and emotional motivations for owning her own male android I appreciated seeing this issue from a female perspective, particularly an elderly female I do wish that we had gotten some reflection from an unshackled android on this subject, though it felt somewhat unbalanced However, I did enjoy the reflections on gender and sexuality we witnessed in the Degrees of Freedom forum I specialize in robot alterations A lot of freedroids discover they don t identify with the bodies or genders they started out with, or any gender at all Some reject looking human altogether. I loved this, in combination with a later conversation between two androids discussing how they ll be modifying their appearance to inclufde fur, etc It s anatural reflection of the human condition realistically, we would absolutely see non humanoid modifications happening with frequency I don t think I ve seen this discussion occur in any of the android AI stories I ve encountered, before Unfortunately, the collection lost a few stars due to funky pacing in the last quarter of the series, convenient or trite plot devices particularly in relation to the Alex Ada romance and the penultimate showdown with police , and a lackluster art style The plot issues were really the biggest negative for me So many of the earlier issues were atmospheric, and I felt that this was lost in the last quarter in lieu of some strangely paced action sequences and a contrived focus on the forbidden romance between Alex and Ada The time jump was really frustrating to me I appreciated that the narrative didn t back away from presenting such an extreme consequence for Alex, given his crimes, but I felt it could have been handled differently and thus beenimpactful for me as a reader Once Alex was back at home, everything pretty much continued exactly as it had prior to the time lapse, except everyone looked quite a bit older The ending felt too easy As an aside, I also wasn t sold on the romance It was pretty sudden I found myself wishing that they had committed to separating Alex and Ada s narratives while still keeping them somewhat parallel, rather than forcing them back together despite very little real build up to their relationship That would have beeninteresting to me in the end Finally, art style What to say It wasn t necessarily ugly so much as it was static I found myself comparing the dynamic expressions and body language from Saga to this series, which, while not entirely fair, served to highlight how unnaturally still all the characters were in each panel Most conversations took place with all of the characters standing across from one another with their faces neutral and their arms hanging down at their sides, posture straight, which justisn t how people stand communicate It could have been a lot better Overall, though, I was pleased with the collection, and I m glad I read it


  8. Ishmeen Ishmeen says:

    I personally love to watch science fiction movies and read books from that genre especially those targeted on AI so you can imagine my surprise when I came across this graphic novel series I started reading it almost as soon as I discovered it and could not stop My only wish is for it to have been longer because damn it ended too quickly The plot was very well thought out and the complicated relationship between Ada and Alex was amazing to read about y all that ending gave me so many fe I personally love to watch science fiction movies and read books from that genre especially those targeted on AI so you can imagine my surprise when I came across this graphic novel series I started reading it almost as soon as I discovered it and could not stop My only wish is for it to have been longer because damn it ended too quickly The plot was very well thought out and the complicated relationship between Ada and Alex was amazing to read about y all that ending gave me so many feels I loved it


  9. Vinod Vinod says:

    I read this entire book again seriously this is the best graphic novel I read.Perfect read for an AI lover


  10. Stuart Stuart says:

    Alex Ada A romantic fable exploring AI sentience and the human conditionI gave this a try as the clean and understated artwork caught my eye and the first two volumes were available on Comixology Unlimited Much like Her, Ex Machina, Westworld, and of course Blade Runner, the story explores what it means to be sentient in the context of a human AI romance Alex is given an X5 humanoid female robot by his grandmother who senses his loneliness and unhappiness His friends are creeped out by the Alex Ada A romantic fable exploring AI sentience and the human conditionI gave this a try as the clean and understated artwork caught my eye and the first two volumes were available on Comixology Unlimited Much like Her, Ex Machina, Westworld, and of course Blade Runner, the story explores what it means to be sentient in the context of a human AI romance Alex is given an X5 humanoid female robot by his grandmother who senses his loneliness and unhappiness His friends are creeped out by the idea of him having a robot companion, as this is often a substitute for human relationships, but Alex is not keen to simply have a glorified sex toy Rather, he wants her to behuman like and have agency and the ability to have opinions and make decisions for herself As the near future they live in is very distrustful of this, this sets of a series of crises with his friends and the authorities I thought the first two thirds of the story was really well conceived and the issues were explored with humor, pathos, and some very thoughtful discussions of what humans really want from AIs, and what AIs might think of human social rules However, the third and final volume really drops the ball in terms of dramatic tension as it comes to an abrupt climax in the early going and then skips forward in time to a very understated ending that I found unsatisfying The story is good in its ideas and characters, but the future society didn t quite right true for him It seemed far too comfortable and plentiful for a near future world, with no real hint as to how so many of the world s problems had been resolved enough to reach this level of advanced robotics and yet still live in suburban communities and have parties much like today All in all, though, I did enjoy its approach to AI romance that refused to trivialize it and presented all the problems that would likely arise