Set in a futuristic setting, Alex is a single guy who lives alone, goes to work, hangs out for a bit with friends, goes back home alone, and repeats it. People are still concerned about him because of his breakup with someone he loved, and want him to move on with someone else. So it’s a bit of a surprise that after a birthday party he comes home to find the latest, most expensive android model, the Tanaka X5, in his living room as a gift from his grandmother. He doesn’t want it, doesn’t want to get attached to the machine that looks too much like a real girl. He tries to get rid of her, but fails miserably and so he keeps her. Like this, Alex and Ada embark on a life together where they discover each other and to what risks you’ll go for those you love, even if they’re an android.
The first thing that got my attention in this comic collection was the futuristic elements. Alex first wakes up with a machine telling him to wake up with a hologram screen giving him the weather report, news broadcast, etc. He also has a chip implanted inside his head that lets him command the technology around him to flush the toilet, make coffee, and even call someone and talk to them “telepathically”. The technology is simple yet incredibly awesome. I want to live in this world! Though I’d be a bit dubious of having a chip in my head, the other things are pretty cool, even if they’d only make the human race even more lazy than nowadays in this attempt to “make life easier.”
This is a collection of five issues of Alex + Ada, and I was deeply sad and happy when I discovered there were more. Sad because I didn’t had those next issues, and happy because I’d be able to have more of these awesome characters! Alex at first came off to me as a weird fellow, very pitiable. He was alone and still mourning his old girlfriend, really down and all-around uninteresting. But once Ada came into his life I liked how he began to change on his own due to his change of environment with her. He starts to question the things that are currently going on in the future about artificial intelligence, he begins to care for Ada, and so we slowly see a man that’s really… Swoony, I dare say.
In general, this was an excellent comic and has given me hope that there are artists and writers out there with great potential other than the oh-so-famous DC Comics and Marvel. This was really creative with the known subject of robots with a hint of humor and romance thrown into it. The drawings were amazing and very colorful , greatly detailed and kept me wanting for more. The whole comic did. It’s easy to understand, a real page-turner that I had to finish no matter what. The whole robotic concept was great to know about and the romantic moments were incredibly sweet. ❤
Rating: 5 stars