Alex + Ada Vol. 1 & 2
Author: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn
Genre: Science Fiction Comic
If you’ve ever seen the highly acclaimed Black Mirror episode Be Right Back with Hayley Atwell (aka Agent Carter) and really liked it, this comic is for you. If you haven’t seen it and still really like the idea of highly intelligent robots and a good old futuristic scifi story, this comic is for you.
Alex + Ada is essentially a love story. The love story itself is quite formulaic but what makes it different is the the fact that Ada is a robot and that poses very interesting questions and themes throughout the story.
One of the biggest strengths of the story is how Luna and Vaughn build the political atmosphere in this futuristic world. The technology they use is so easy to imagine in our future and the political tensions between humans and robots adds a lot of suspense and bigger story arcs for future issues. Centered in this world is of course, Alex and Ada. As with any love story, the characters make the story. I found both of these characters to be sympathetic and likeable and Ada is quite frankly the most adorable robot ever. I love the questions they pose for human nature. What makes a robot a robot? What is sentience? Can robots reach sentience? The side characters also enriched the main characters’ lives and were fun to read about it. Especially the grandma.
The plot is fast-paced; there’s always something happening even if there aren’t a lot of action scenes. Volume 1 focuses mostly on the beginning of their relationship, when they first meet etc. Volume 2 is more about how the world perceives them and the consequences of their actions.
My main issue with Alex + Ada is the artwork. It is a bit too simplistic for me and can be awkward and not realistic enough in certain panels but in most scenarios, the artwork fits the story. It is clean and smooth and modern, reminiscent of their technology.
Overall, it is a fun and fast-paced read with characters you’ll root for in a fascinating world where robots live alongside humans. There are currently 13 issues out and the last one left off on a pretty big cliffhanger and I’m eagerly awaiting the next one.