Alex and Ada Vol. 3 is the conclusion of the story and wraps up what I think is one of the best graphic novel series I've read in a long time. After the events of Vol. 2 Alex and Ada have become a couple but are in more danger than ever. Ada was seen at a confrontation between the FBI and an android friend, and then sparks fly when someone close to Alex has a problem with Ada. And the government crackdown on renegade sentients is ongoing. Things are a little more intense in this one, and Alex and Ada have t make a tough choice when everything goes wrong.
The government crackdown hits close to home and they have to decide whether to run and where to go. The scenes with them on the run are some of my favorites as they are willing to give it all to stay together, to be free but it doesn't look good.
This one was probably my least favorite simply because I wasn't crazy about the ending. It feels a bit rushed after the pace of the first two volumes- there was a lot of set up in the previous ones, with a satisfying emotional payoff but here things happen almost too fast. Maybe that's realistic though- after all once the crackdown touches Alex and Ada they have to go on the run and they run out of choices quickly. There are a few shocking moments including a betrayal I didn't see coming, but there are also the nice quiet moments and humor that I enjoyed in the first two. Alex's friends are one of the best parts of the story- they're diverse, realistic and loyal and for the most part they accept Ada as one of their own.
I can't say enough about this series however. It's been very enjoyable get to know these characters, the world is very like ours and many of the issues raised will seem familiar. Issues of identity, gender issues, even spirituality is touched on briefly- does an android have a soul? It's questions like these that make this a thought provoking book, even as the clean art and crisp storytelling make the pages fly. I didn't necessarily like the ending (the end itself was fine, I just wasn't crazy about how they got there) but I would recommend this series highly to anyone who is interested in good storytelling.