When a strange accident gives civil engineer Mitchell Hundred
amazing powers, he becomes America's first living, breathing
super-hero. Eventually, tiring of risking his life merely
to help maintain the status quo, Mitch retires from masked
crime-fighting and runs for Mayor of New York, winning by
a landslide. And that's when his real adventure begins...
First Hundred Days collects
together the first five issues of the Ex Machina comic
book. This charts the origins of Mitchell Hundred's transition
from engineer to super-hero to Major of New York City.
interesting the way the narrative unfolds as the story jumps
between all three segments of Hundred's life. Can he stop
himself from strapping on that rocket pack and S&M style
flying helmet when his mentor, Kremlin, attempts to persuade
him to to fight the good fight, not from behind a desk, but
back on the streets as a masked vigilante? Hundred doesn't
work like that any more, but when bodies start piling up Kremlin
believes that Hundred's old arch enemy is still alive.
K. Vaughan's writing skills are really pushed to the limit
here as he squeezes out some serious creative juices in a
very short space. I really would have liked to have seen the
origins of this collection stretched a little more. It felt
a little too rushed. That's not really a complaint, I just
suppose I was warming to the characters and didn't want the
tale to be over quite as soon as it was.
I found the whole 9/11 thing to be a bit pointless. I suppose
though, that we've got that to look forward to in USA books
and comics for years to come. While this collection is supposed
to be set in the real world (hence Hundred being the first
real superhero) did they really have to use 9/11 as crutch
for united grief? As a way to make you feel closer to the
character? "Look! He's a hero because he went into one
of the burning towers and saved a man!"
slight niggle aside, this is a damn fine collection.
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