Ex Machina
Power Down

Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Tony Harris
Titan Books
RRP: 7.99, US $12.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 622 1
ISBN-10: 1 84576 622 9
Available 21 December 2007

New York City mayor Mitchell Hundred faces his most difficult challenge to date - handling the massive 2003 blackout. But what secret connection does Mitchell have to this devastating event...?

Power Down sees mayor of New York City, Mitchell Hundred, struggling to clear up the mess after his city is plunged into darkness thanks to an electrical outage. He also discovers that his mother has got herself a new boyfriend - one whom Hundred knows very well - and that a lunatic is eager to contact him - claiming to be from a parallel universe. But at least one thing is going in his favour - Hundred's ability to hear the thoughts of machines has vanished, and for the first time in a long while Hundred's world is peaceful.

To be honest the story doesn't move on that much really and the events here seemed more like filling than meaty goodness. The only real event, other than Hundred losing his powers, is that a mysterious stranger turns up claiming to be from another universe. This could be, in part, down to the fact that this is a very slim volume. It's a shame that this collection isn't a little larger. It felt like everything was over way too soon.

This collection also includes an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the series. This includes an introduction by author Brian K. Vaughan as well as rough sketches, background information, cover art and various other bits and pieces that give the reader more of an understanding of the inner workings of the series.

Another interesting release in the series, although not nearly big enough to feed the appetite of fans.

Nick Smithson

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