Reviewed By David O’ Leary


Story by: Brian K. Vaughan
Art by: Tony Harris & Jim Clark
Colours by: JD Mettler
Letters by: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover by: Tony Harris & Jim Clark
Publisher: WildStorm
Cover Price: $2.99

Cover Date: September 2008


Book Summery:
Who is the mysterious female adventurer named Trouble, and what's her problem with George W. Bush? More important, whose side is the politically independent Mayor Hundred on?


“Dirty Tricks Chapter 3”


With Ex-Machina coming into the home stretch it’s a pity to see the schedule falling behind with its creators other commitments, with Vaughan on Lost and Harris on War Heroes, forcing this title to the back burner a little bit. My only hope is that Ex-Machina can finish with the quality and emotional punches that Y: The Last Man did when it finished on a pushed back schedule. Based on this issue, Vaughan has a bit to do.


This issue has its bright moments such as the opening scene on July 4th 2001 where The Great Machine makes his identity public to much less fanfare than he anticipated. His reveal comes before a mix of mild curiosity and vicious animosity and it is one of the stand out scenes of this issue. But on the flip side of it, the main story I haven’t found as compelling as previous ones. Even though this issue is a bit late to the stands its timing with current real life political activities is spot on with the Republican Convention that is being held. One intriguing point about Hundreds abilities takes place in a two panel page that takes place in his head. It is an exchange with Zeller, who is talking about time travel with the Great Machine but he warns about those travelling sideways. An alternate universe perhaps? We’ll see. Plus, Hundred makes an unexpected political announcement to Dave.


With Tony Harris’ art, it is great to see an artist who draws characters who actually look like they are talking and not just a bunch of heads. I thought his art in places looked a little flat but with fantastic colouring here by Mettler, who had such interesting contrasts in predominant greens and reds it really drew the eye. Harris’ pencils have been one of the big draws to this series and I hope it is back to full strength for the next issue. 


This book is so important to WildStorm at the moment. It is the only book listed in the solicitations at the back of the issue that has shipped more than 9 issues. When this title finishes, with the exception of the Warcraft series, WildStorm is relying on mini series to keep the brand name out there. So I hope they have something in there to supplement this cracking series when the time comes to put it to bed.


Rating the Issue

Story: Overall 6.66
Concept – 6 out of 10
Plot – 7 out of 10
Dialogue – 7 out of 10

Art: Overall 9
Style – 8 out of 10

Storytelling – 9 out of 10
Color/Tones – 10 out of 10

Importance: Overall 9
To the Title – 8 out of 10
To the Company – 9 out of 10
To the Medium – 8 out of 10


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Reviewer Bio


Name: David O' Leary
email: idwfan@yahoo.co.uk


Been reading comics: for about 12 years now.


Review Bio: I am a 26-year-old Hotel Manager from the west coast of the Republic of Ireland and think this is a great way to talk to others about this cool medium. I am a husband to one wife and father to one girl (so far).


Favorites: ONI's Whiteout, Vertigo's Scalped and Garth Ennis Preacher and Punisher in Trades. In comic form I am reading a lot of Marvel and a bit of IDW, Dark Horse & WildStorm among others.


Website: sorry, I don’t have one!


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