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Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars Paperback – September 9, 2015
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"The best new comic book of 2015."-VOX
"Epic, intelligent, and full of heart."--COMICS ALLIANCE
"Exciting."-LOS ANGELES TIMES/HERO COMPLEX
"You should be reading this book."--KOTAKU
"It's so beautiful." -- Kelly Sue DeConnick, PRETTY DEADLY
"Stunning."--COMIC BOOK RESOURCES
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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Jeff Lemire has created a first-rate sci-fi story. He has already built his universe of 9+ planets. 10 years ago, there was a catastrophic event that resulted in the deaths of billions of people on the various planets. Robots were outlawed (but computers weren't), and Lemire uses this plot to comment on how humans often knee-jerk react into a cycle of fear and destruction. The dialogue is good, the plot and pacing are fantastic and there are plenty of characters to root for and against.
Descender is beautifully illustrated by Dustin Nguyen. The artwork is fantastic and quite different than in other titles.
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
Robots feature prominently in this story, and yet information technology seems to be more or less what we have now. You have AI, but people still pilot small space crafts on dangerous missions. People, not drones, form mining colonies on distant barren planets. Almost all of the robots are anthropoid and look like something scavenged from Star Wars or Transformers, and they act and think more or less like put-upon humans. Their base/home-world looks like a giant planet cobbled together from industrial salvage and for some reason humans seem right at home in a place that in theory does not even need to support organic life.
In short, it feels like the author not only lacks the imagination to build an engaging an original science fictional setting, he also seems to have not read much science fiction written in the last fifty years. His ideas are ripped from the popular culture version of science fiction found in TV and film. I suppose I'd be happy to forgive all of that if the book were more fun and light-hearty but I simply cannot invest emotionally in a plot that takes itself so seriously but sits on a strata of derivative fluff.
The artwork is not bad at all, but it doesn't really come together as sequential art. Like so many comic books these days I feel like the pages are merely attempts to story board a film or TV show that the authors hope someone will make from their material.
Sorry to dish so much on this title, but with all of the positive reviews here I figure a little honesty from one reader cannot hurt.
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.
The art alone is wonderful and sullen. Really draws the mood of the page.