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Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars Paperback – September 9, 2015
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- Publisher : Image Comics; Illustrated edition (September 9, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1632154269
- ISBN-13 : 978-1632154262
- Reading age : 16 years and up
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.9 x 1.3 x 10.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #65,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
I started looking towards top writers instead of companys and kept getting pointed towards this Descender series. I went in to this not really having any expectations other than: space stories are cool, robots are cool, and the art was pretty neat. I received the first volume and after the first issue, I was hooked. I finished the second issue and then ordered the deluxe set with the first 3 volumes.
The story-telling is great and each character seems like they are real characters and not just a 1 dimensional check mark list. I felt for all these characters. Comics now seem like they are more focused on agenda rather then story-telling but this book surprised me. I did not feel I was being lectured or hit over the head with PC culture, but instead, was deeply immersed in the story.
In conclusion, this is an instant classic and I hope to be following more of Jeff Lemire's work going forward.
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.