Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn
“People worry that computers will get too smart and take over the world, but the real problem is that they’re too stupid and they’ve already taken over the world.”
― Pedro Domingos
This is like that movie with Will Smith about robots becoming sentient and unleashing holy hell to all humans. Alex is a lonely human who hasn’t quite gotten over his failed relationship after 7 months. On his birthday, he received a gift in the form of a Tanaka X5 from his wealthy grandmother. He didn’t warm up to the idea right away. He thought it was unethical to have a human-like robot catering to his every whim. But he couldn’t bring himself to return her.
Once he kept her, however, he wasn’t satisfied. He needed her to be able to make her own decisions, have her own opinions. “Waking up” an android is against the law but that didn’t stop him from seeking out a way to make her even more human-like.
The graphics in this novel has a very minimalistic approach. I mean, compared to the others that I’ve read in the past, the drawings wasn’t bogged down with unnecessary “background noise”. It made for an easy time trying to follow the storyline because it does not distract you from the dialogues. I did, however, encounter problems with the dialogues. Though, that’s my general problem with graphic novels. Especially if there are a lot of back and forth between characters. I had a hard time following along with the conversation.
I wish I bought the second book to this series right away. Because now, I’m dying to read the next. This volume is a compilation of five issues and it ended with Ada “woken up”. Looking forward to her adventures with Alex!