By Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen
Young Robot boy TIM-21 and his companions struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. Written by award-winning creator, Jeff Lemire, Descender is a rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey. Lemire pits humanity against machine, and world against world, to create a sprawling epic.
In this volume: Tim-21, Telsa and Quon finally escape the Machine Moon and head out on a quest to find the ancient robot who may hold the key to the Harvesters. Meanwhile Andy and his rag-tag team close in on Tim, but their fragile alliance is shattered by Driller’s revelations.
This series is a feast for the eyes. I absolutely adore the watercolor look of the art and how it manages to be both soft and vibrant. It’s really compelling, and it never fails to hold your attention throughout the story. The color palette is extraordinary, and I might be in love with it.
After a volume that mainly dealt with the characters’ backstory, this one starts up the action again. In the first issue, we see the story unfold in three places at once. There is almost no text and you’re guided through what’s happening by the visuals alone, which are distintive to each story. It’s easily one of the best sequences I’ve seen in comic books recently.
Aside from the art, I’m also excited for all the things that were set up in this volume: the brothers’ reunion; Driller’s new storyline; the true meaning of the prophecy about Tim-21 and the Harvesters; Telsa’s future.
This is currently one of my favourite comic series, alongside Saga. It’s captivating, inventive and different, in a really good way.
4 hearts out of 5.