Award-winning writer Brian K. Vaughan (Pride of Baghdad, Y: The Last Man) uniquely combines big city politics and superheroes in this critically acclaimed series. Set in our modern-day world, Ex Machina tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America's first living, breathing super-hero after a strange accident gives him the power to communicate with machines. Eventually Mitchell tires of risking his life merely to maintain the status quo, retires from masked crime fighting, and runs for mayor of New York City, winning by a landslide after the events of 9/11. Illustrated by Tony Harris, Ex Machina Book 2 finds Mayor Mitchell Hundred making a difficult decision about his own future, becomes part of a shocking trial complicated by the unexpected arrival of an all-new superhero, and leaves New York City for the first time since his election to embark on a strange adventure. Plus, a shocking tragedy strikes an Iraq War protest in downtown Manhattan.