Logged Out

Login Register
Tweet Share Google + Reddit Email
A Boy and His Robot in ALEX + ADA

A Boy and His Robot in ALEX + ADA

Posted on June 18, 2014 by Jennifer de Guzman

New graphic novel series explores the limits of technology—and humanity

Ada is an X5, the very latest in Tanaka android technology. Alex is her reluctant owner. Ada may look and sound just like a person, but she’s still a robot in a society that is growing increasingly suspicious of her kind. In ALEX + ADA, a new graphic novel series by Jonathan Luna (GIRLS, THE SWORD, ULTRA) and Sarah Vaughn (Sparkshooter) from Image Comics, Alex and Ada try to find out if artificial intelligence can make the leap to human awareness — and whether the world is ready for it.

“I’ve wanted to tell a futuristic story for a long time,” said co-writer and artist Luna in an interview at Comic Vine. “I’ve been fascinated with androids and how we’d interact with them. And since I have leanings toward drama and romance, all of it just meshed together into ALEX + ADA.”

“The book isn’t necessarily a stance on sentience and whether or not it’s possible,” co-writer Vaughn commented on ALEX + ADA’s science fiction elements, “but more a social and emotional exploration of what happens if it does.”

Appropriate to this exploration is Luna’s clean, distinctive art, which conveys the rich inner lives of characters with subtle facial expressions and gestures, as well creates a world that is technologically advanced yet still recognizably a possible future version of our world.

“Dialogue, speed, silence and stillness; it’s all very deliberate,” said Vaughn of their storytelling style in an interview at Multiversity Comics. “Sometimes dialogue and exposition are necessary, especially when quiet people are living within a dramatic world, but hopefully we keep the balance by also showing how dramatic quiet life can be.”

With a momentous decision that could shake the very foundation of the society he lives in, Alex’s quiet life is about to get very dramatic indeed — and he’s going to bring Ada along with him.

A unique story that will appeal equally to fans of science fiction, drama, and romance, ALEX + ADA VOLUME 1 will be in comic book stores on July 16 and in bookstores on July 29.

ALEX + ADA VOLUME 1 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

  • ISBN 978-1-63215-006-6
  • Diamond Comics order code MAY140618
  • 128 pages, $12.99
  • In comic book stores July 9, bookstores July 22
  • Collects issues #1-5 of ALEX + ADA
  • Rated Teen Plus

Praise for ALEX + ADA

“Vaughn and Luna have found a way to depict a future and a story filled with familiar elements, but still make it feel like something that’s simultaneously very lived in and completely unique. It’s impossible not to connect with it thanks to the strangely relatable stories, and the awakening that’s taking place at the center of the story for both Alex and Ada. Luna’s art is the perfect fit for the book, as the very pristine future the book takes place in is completely simpatico with Luna’s clean lines and restrained character work. This book is one that I didn’t even expect to buy at first, but it has become not just my favorite Image title of 2014, but my favorite comic of 2014 period.” –David Harper, Multiversity Comics

“...a quiet but enthralling series.” –Greg McElhatton, Comic Book Resources

“ the just-ahead-of-now future is almost palpable, and the story is incredibly easy to invest in.” –Jen Aprahamian, Comic Vine

“...a heart-pounding exploration of morals, technology and emotions. From subtle jokes to belly laughing moments, smiles to tears, gasps to page flicking, Alex + Ada is a must for anyone wanting a new obsession.” –Sophie, Panels and Pixels


fitriulina — 4/5/16 @ 5:46am

That’s really cool. I would be interested in seeing more graphs of different information you pull from these logs.

Dexter1 — 6/28/16 @ 9:58am

Tour de france 2016 live stream tesejeh678

diherbal99 — 1/6/17 @ 6:01pm

This really is my first time check out here. From the tons of comments on your articles, I imagine I’m not only one having all the enjoyment right here!
Obat Kanker Hati Stadium akhir

diherbal99 — 1/6/17 @ 6:01pm

I just couldn’t leave your website before telling you that I truly enjoyed the top quality data you present for your visitors? Will be returning again frequently to check up on fresh publish.
Obat Kanker Usus Herbal

diherbal99 — 1/6/17 @ 6:02pm

Your publish had provided me with another point of view on this topic. I had no thought that things will most likely work on this fashion as well. Thank you for sharing your opinion.
Obat Kanker Otak Tanpa Operasi

keese88 — 3/7/17 @ 11:50pm

The common rail system prototype was developed in the late 1960s by Robert Huber of Switzerland and the technology further developed by Dr. Marco Ganser at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, later of Ganser-Hydromag AG (est.1995) in Ober?geri.
The first successful usage in a production vehicle began in Japan by the mid-1990s. Dr. Shohei Itoh and Masahiko Miyaki of the Denso Corporation, a Japanese automotive parts manufacturer, developed the Common Rail fuel system for heavy duty vehicles and turned it into practical use on their ECD-U2 common-rail system mounted on the Hino Rising Ranger truck and sold for general use in 1995.[3] Denso claims the first commercial high pressure common rail system in 1995.[4]
Modern common rail systems, whilst working on the same principle sensor are governed by an engine control unit (ECU) which opens each injector electronically rather than mechanically. This was extensively prototyped in the 1990s with collaboration between Magneti Marelli,Centro Ricerche Fiat and Elasis. After research and development by the Fiat Group, the design was acquired by the German companyRobert Bosch GmbH for completion of development and refinement for mass-production Common Rail Nozzle . In hindsight, the sale appeared to be a tactical error for Fiat, as the new technology proved to be highly profitable. The Common Rail Injector Valve had little choice but to sell, however, as it was in a poor financial state at the time and lacked the resources to complete development on its own.[5] In 1997 they extended its use for passenger cars Common Rail Injector . The first passenger car that used the common rail system was the 1997 model Alfa Romeo 156 2.4 JTD,[6] and later on that same year Mercedes-Benz C 220 CDI.
Common Rail Shim & Gasket kit have been used in marine and locomotive applications for some time..The Cooper-Bessemer GN-8 (circa 1942) is an example of a hydraulically operated common rail diesel engine, also known as a modified common rail.

Add a comment

Related Series

Related Creators