Top positive review
6 volumes of luminous story and art
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2017
What do you get with Jeff Lemire's writing and Dustin Nguyen's art? A complex beautiful world that kept me engaged and reading straight through from the moment I opened it up.
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.