Review Tuesday: Alex + Ada, Volume 1

I’m very picky when it comes to graphic novels. I’m completely in love with Fables as well as all of the spin off series that come with them, and Saga, but other than them I haven’t gotten into a graphic novel series that I really enjoyed – until now.

I loved volume one of Alex + Ada. I found the artwork fantastic, and the storyline intriguing.

From Goodreads:

“The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot.” Alex Ada

The description could really use a little more, but what the description lacks, the plot of the story makes up for.

It’s Alex’s birthday and we learn that he and his girlfriend Claire broke up a couple of months previous. Since then he’s been lonely, and I would almost go so far as to say depressed. His grandmother gets him a X5 robot. Someone who will do whatever you tell them to, never argue with you, and who will give you perfect companionship. The only problem for Alex is that Ada – the robot – is not sentient, and he wants her to be. The problem for Alex is that no robot is allowed to be sentient. It is against the law. Why you ask? Because sentient robots turned on their masters a couple of years previous to the start of this story and killed a bunch of humans.

The volume ends with Alex having been able to turn Ada’s sentient abilities on. It’s now a brave new world, full of dangers for both Alex and Ada, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

The plot may seem a little simple, but the issues that it raises are rather large. A.I. technology is something that is on our horizon and something that we’ll all have to think about at some point. It also raises a larger question about what makes a human a human. Is it our brains? Our souls? Our bodies? How do we define alive? Real? Human?

I’m excited to read volume 2. My new problem is finding it to read…

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