Alex + Ada, Vol. 1 (Alex +Ada #1-5) by Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn

March 8, 2016
Alex + Ada, Vol. 1, Alex + Ada #1-5, Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn, Book Review, InToriLex
Alex + Ada, Vol. 1

From JONATHAN LUNA (GIRLS, THE SWORD, ULTRA, Spider-Woman: Origin) and SARAH VAUGHN (Sparkshooter) comes ALEX + ADA, 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.


The imaginative future technology, humor and minimalist art, left me entertained and ready to learn more about Alex and Ada. Alex is a twenty something who is gifted a X5 (Ada) , from a well meaning if over sharing grandmother. After becoming more familiar with her, he wants her to be herself, which means unlocking her sentience. The future technology includes having a implant you can use as a phone, a portal to the internet, and a way to control technology around your house. It all seemed really cool and common place. The minimal art allowed me to focus on the characters stories, and dialogue so it worked well for me. 

Alex + Ada, Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn, Book Review, InTorilex

In this world Artificial Intelligence has been discovered but led to a horrible accident where sentient robots killed employees of Nexacare, the firm that created them. Since then some have decided to start a movement for robots rights, while others are afraid of another accident. People are torn between treating robots like humans, or placing restrictions on them out of fear. Alex finds help though a forum called Degrees of Freedom, where he meets up and learns how to make Ada more than just an unthinking android. He accesses this forum through Prime Space a virtual reality you access in your head.

Alex + Ada, Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn, Book Review, InTorilex

This volume is a great introduction into this world, where a society struggles to know what to do with it's own creation. I'm excited to see how Alex and Ada navigate it. I was worried that there would be some inappropriateness on Alex's part but he is very respectful towards Ada. Ada has to learn how to experience life with sentience in world that doesn't know what to do with that. The humor is subtle but memorable, it worked to lighten some tense moments and make it more realistic and familiar for the reader. I felt a emotional connection with the characters and am intrigued with all the possibilities the comic can take. I would recommend this for sci-fi lovers, who are interested in exploring how the issues of a world with AI would work.

Reviews in Series
Alex + Ada Vol. 2 (Alex + Ada #6-10)
Alex + Ada Vol. 3 (Alex + Ada #11-15)


JONATHAN LUNA co-created and illustrated THE SWORD, GIRLS, and ULTRA (all Image Comics) with his brother, Joshua Luna. He co-created and illustrated ALEX + ADA with Sarah Vaughn. He wrote and illustrated STAR BRIGHT AND THE LOOKING GLASS (Image Comics). His work also includes the art for SPIDER-WOMAN: ORIGIN (Marvel Comics), written by Brian Michael Bendis and Brian Reed.

Writing and drawing comics since he was a child, he graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sequential Art. He currently resides in Northern Virginia.

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