A few days ago I hopped onto the Image Humble Bundle deal as a good way to read some of the newer comics without paying the exorbitant comic price –
not that I’m a cheapskate, but my discretionary income had taken a bit of a beating over the past few years. So I paid the dues, started downloading the PDFs and reading them, and this is the first…
Alex+Ada is a sci-fi comic, a thoughtful one rather than an action comic. Not really what I expect from Image after reading them in the 90s, but it’s good that publishing houses adapt and expand. The comic relies on the depiction of advanced technology to draw the reader in, hoping they have a desire to explore a world of direct mind-connection to the internet, holographic screens and androids. There’s a lot of foreshadowing and no real surprises.
That being said, I like the five issues that I read: The art is pleasant and the dialogue easy and believable, even during info-dumps. There are a lot of ways the comic can go from here, but it seems to be heading in a how-people-relate-to-technology Frankenstein direction. It reminded me a lot of Chobits, a fantastic Japanese series that explored similar issues, but with more humour and emotion. Chobits also had the benefit (at least, I think it’s a benefit) that it starts out as a simple tween-girl program that I imagine attracts a lot of younger viewers, before getting into some deep philosophical questions about people and how they relate to each other. Adam+Ava requires more patience for something interesting to arrive.
I’d continue reading if the comics were free or cheap, but it didn’t grab me enough to get me to pay full price for them. If you like a slow pace with plenty of ambiguous emotions, this may be for you.