Story by Jonathan Luna & Sarah Vaughn
Art by Jonathan Luna
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: 10/01/2014
Let’s begin with the cover. Ada standing in pixellated rain, with a morose look on her face. The imagery is powerful and poignant, perfect for the tone of this story. Issue nine of Alex and Ada pushes the emotional envelope and takes its reader through a day that neither they, nor the characters, will ever forget.
For devotees of the title, this chapter of the story has been one that we have dreaded. Ada has struck out on her own, and Alex is left behind to answer the questions in his head. After their discord at home reached its apex, the two realized that they were not made for each other. A realization that came as more of a surprise to Alex than anyone else. As you follow Ada throughput her journey in self-sufficiency, you can actually feel her desperation and the desire she has for a new life. On the other side of that coin, you have Alex, whose despair over losing a friend is palpable. It seems that he comes to realize that no matter the woman, he pushes them out of his life.
Johnathan Luna has been one of my favorite comic book authors of all time, but with Alex and Ada he has opened up a completely new genre. Android Romance. But this isn’t simply a story of two star-crossed lovers. No, this is a story of retribution, and justice. This is a story of the human condition and a telling of the heart in all its intricacies. I would be remiss in not mentioning the work of Sarah Vaughn, and the masterpiece of a script she has laid out for this issue. Stunning is not the right word, more…striking. That’s it, striking. I was anxious, I was depressed, and I was angry. The full gamut of emotions were pulled out of me by this story. Needless to say, Sarah’s art is perfect for this story. It’s soft, understated, and doesn’t try to take over the page. It’s complimentary to the storytelling, which is perfect in its balance.
This is an absolute must read book, no exceptions. Only nine issues in and already I consider this to be one of the top ten all-time greatest stories I have ever read in the medium of comics. The first volume is out in trade, so catching up should be a breeze. Plus, this title is only $2.99, a rarity these days to say the least. I cannot recommend this title enough. Do yourself a true favor, and go out and buy this series. Happy reading!