Writers: Sarah Vaughn & Jonathan Luna
Artist: Jonathan Luna
This is it. Alex + Ada has been one of the most consistent stories since the first issue came out last year. It’s been a simple love story surrounded by science fiction elements, and while the plot has felt familiar, it’s also been told in a fresh way. Alex + Ada #15 is the last issue of this great series and Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna successfully stick the landing.
Alex + Ada #14 ended on a seriously depressing and shocking note. While the previous issue was fast-paced and exciting, the conclusion of the series is quiet and almost somber. The issue moves along fast and time progresses quickly throughout. Before the end of the issue, twenty-five years have passed.
The passage of time is offset by a few twists and revelations involving the rest of the world around Alex. This title has brought up quite a few questions regarding existentialism and what makes a person real or deserving of rights. This final issue gives some answers, but mostly leaves it up to the reader to put everything together themselves. There are references to different movements throughout history, which helps the reader to create their own version of an epilogue. It’s an effective way of delivering a solid ending without holding the reader’s hand too much.
While the art of the issue is standard-fare, this doesn’t feel like Luna’s best work. The panels are laid as usual, but this issue seems to really highlight how much every character looks the same. Aside from minor features like wrinkles and hair, everyone mostly has the same face. The environments don’t suffer too much though, and the issue jumps around between settings, showcasing Luna’s various talents. Every character also shows a great amount of emotion, especially Isabel as she finally faces Alex. A few spreads look great and evoke plenty of emotion.