By: Sarah Vaughn (story/script) and Jonathan Luna (story/art/letters)
The Story: Alex introduces Ada to his friends.
Review (with SPOILERS): A bit of a transitional issue, this one. But, that is okay and doesn’t really detract from my enjoyment of the series. Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna already established in the first two issues that they were interested in the sorts of deeper questions that I wanted to read about, so it’s okay for them to do a little of the necessary roadwork to get us from Point A to Point B.
This is the issue where Alex comes to grips with the fact that he owns an android (Ada). She meets his friends and Alex starts to grapple with all the things that are normal when someone gets a new pet – because Ada is really just a pet at this point. Much like a new dog owner needs to buy a few bowls and a leash, Alex needs to figure out what Ada will wear and how/when she needs to eat. The question of whether she poops even came up.
But, the more interesting part is when Alex starts to wonder what to DO with Ada. She’s remarkably compliant. If he wants to dance, she’s happy to dance and she’ll happily watch whatever TV program he chooses. But, by the end of the issue, we see that Alex is pretty disappointed because Ada doesn’t WANT anything on her own. She’s just programmed to do whatever Alex wants. In his frustration, he starts to explore getting her software upgraded to allow Ada to be more self-aware.