- Series: Descender (Book 1)
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics (September 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1632154269
- ISBN-13: 978-1632154262
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 138 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars Paperback – September 9, 2015
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About the Author
New York Times Bestselling author Jeff Lemire has built a unique career as both the writer and artist of acclaimed literary graphic novels like Essex County, The Underwater Welder, Sweet Tooth and Trillium and also as one of the most popular writers of mainstream superhero comics with acclaimed runs on such titles as Green Arrow, Animal Man, Justice League and Hawkeye for Marvel and DC Comics.
Current projects include the original graphic novel ROUGHNECK to be published by Simon and Schuster in 2016, as well as the science fiction series DESCENDER with Dustin Nguyen and A.D. with Scott Snyder.
In 2008 and in 2013 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist. He has also received The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent and the American Library Association's prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. He has also been nominated for 8 Eisner awards, 7 Harvey Awards and 8 Shuster Awards.
In 2010 Essex County became the first graphic novel to be included in the prestigious Canada Reads contest making it to the final five and winning the people's choice vote as best Canadian novel of the decade.
He lives in Toronto with his wife and son.
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The story for this graphic novel was very entertaining and enjoyable. The characters felt very two dimensional and the illustrations only enhanced these characters. The majority of the images are in water color but it added texture to the pages and the illustrations and softened some of the scenes. The water color gave the story a dream like feel and warmed up the cold unfeeling nature of most science fiction based stories.
This was a fun read and I fully intend on continuing with the series and this edition only contains the first three volumes.
The story starts 10 years in the past when the planets are attacked by giant robots. When I type "giant" I mean the size of planets! The we turn to today where we meet TIM-21, a child companion robot who awakens to find discover that while he's slept, his world has changed. He is "rescued" by two agents -- Telsa, the daughter of a powerful general, and Tullis, her right hand -- along with the scientist who created TIM-21. Things do not go as planned. The story is told through current happenings, flashbacks, and visions but they are easy to tell apart. The creatures are complex and very interesting.
The artwork is amazing. It is painted and looks like it could be hanging in an art museum. I appreciated the change in color schemes to help signal the visions and the current days. The colors give a real sense of differences between the few planets we visit. The lack of harsh definite lines made the pages seem like they were floating in space.
I loved it and what the next volume.
Lemire's script shows meticulous planning and plotting with a steady pace that leaves the reader wanting more after they close the back cover, and his characterizations are dynamic and relate-able, regardless of whether they are human, alien, or robot. Tim-21, the protagonist, is the perfect choice for the reader to follow on their journey, as he is in the dark just as much as the rest of us are, learning more and more about this world with the turn of every page. I would be remiss if I didn't make note of Driller, a lovable oaf of a hard labor robot, and my personal favorite character. While he never has much to say, it is always something entertaining or poignant.
The art...good Lord, the art is phenomenal. Ngyuen's unique style creates a somewhat cartoon-ish realm that somehow feels just as real as the one we all inhabit, all with water-color painted interiors that share a level of quality with Alex Ross' work on Kingdom Come. It is absolutely gorgeous to look at for hours on end, with little nuggets of detail thrown in to ensure that you will find something new with each re-read more often than not.
This is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of the comics medium in general, or is a sci-fi fan, or both. I could easily see this story being adapted by a major studio for the big screen and it would feel right at home.
I've been aware of both Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen for quite some time; I know I've read some of their work, and I bought this book because of their respective reputations and that of Image, which recently has seemed incapable of putting out a bad comic. TIM-21 is a child-companion robot, so he acts like a child while everyone is trying to kill him. Don't get me wrong; this title is for mature readers, but it plays to that child-like sense of fun the way Astro-Boy did in the 1960s in Japan. This is a very good series, and I can't wait for Vol. 2 to come out. ****3/4
The art alone is wonderful and sullen. Really draws the mood of the page.