I Wanna Be Literated! 089

I Wanna Be Literated! 089

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015
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TITLE: I Wanna Be Literated! 089
A critical evaluation of Alex + Ada Volume 2 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn
DATE: 09-16-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman

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If there’s one thing I can say for sure, it’s that Alex + Ada has a lot of potential. Touching on subjects like sentience, robotics, ethics and morals, the developments and ideas discussed in this book are most certainly thought-provoking and are worthwhile if we want to learn more about ourselves as a society and as human beings.

But while Volume 1 served as an exciting introduction to the players and settings in this story – Alex the heartbroken individual and a thoroughly convincing vision of the future – there was also a great cliffhanger being set up that unfortunately Volume 2 fails to live up to. The collection mostly deals with Ada discovering what it’s like being a sentient being, so there’s a lot of minutia here like learning about food, colors, taste, and talking. Why Jonathan Luna wants to take us through these boring points is a bit of a mystery as they don’t really translate well to story telling and, unfortunately, it also affects the artwork in the series as there’s really only so many ways you can draw characters talking, eating, and looking at each other. The clean and slick art of the previous volume ends up looking boring and wooden here.

The series picks up at the very end, so it seems as if loyal readers’ hard work will be rewarded in future books but, as a whole, Volume 2 is largely skippable and falls short of the bar that Volume 1set.

Artist:

www.imagecomics.com/comics/series/alex-ada

Book:

Alex + Ada Volume 2
is available now. Buy it here on Amazon.

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