Descender

Descender

Book One: Tin Stars

Graphic Novel - 2015
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"Ten years after planet-sized robots called Harvesters appeared and wreaked havoc across the galaxy, a young robot named TIM-21 wakes to find that all robots have been outlawed. But TIM may hold the secrets to the Harvesters in his machine DNA and he quickly becomes the most wanted robot in the universe. With bounty hunters and threats lurking at every turn, TIM embarks on a mind-blowing adventure through the stars along with his robot dog, Bandit, and the lumbering mining droid, Driller"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781632154262
1632154269
9780606378109
0606378103
Branch Call Number: TEEN
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm

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Pietz4302
Aug 10, 2018

Fun robot/Sci-Fi adventure!

ArapahoeSam Jul 31, 2018

The illustrations in this graphic novel are fantastic! A sci-fi story set in space that touches on topics of what it means to be a human/robot. Well written and a must read for any sci-fi fanatic.

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DuncanButcher
Jun 20, 2018

I really enjoyed this, and think it has a lot of promise. It is different in a good way and has a lot of potential.

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skyekilaen
May 30, 2018

Gorgeously illustrated space opera about robots and the legacy of past decisions. Dr. Quon, formerly a stylish and famous robotics genius but now a down-and-out academic, is grabbed by the government because he may have the key to stopping an alien menace - one he failed to stop when they first attacked. Tim, a "young" robot companion who awakes from a too-long sleep to find that everyone he knows is dead - but his design is somehow related to the alien menace.

Nguyen's painting style lends soft edges and humanity to a futuristic setting and multiple robot characters. His art enriches the story at every turn. Even the paneling changes depending on which characters are interacting. And if there's an award for comics lettering, Steve Wands should win it. Watch the styles used for each character and how they compare to other characters. It's a great demonstration of how much lettering can add to visual storytelling.

Descender is so much about how the past influences the present. Lemire is adept at mixing both with clarity, and without slowing down the forward momentum of the story. Even in the second volume which is almost completely character backstory, you can feel how necessary it is to understand where these people came from. The different robots have very different personalities, as do the various humans and aliens. And in the middle, is Tim, who clearly sees them all as just different kinds of people, bridging any gap between biological and machine sentience.

Five volumes into this ongoing series, I'm just as engrossed with Descender as I was after the first volume. Recommended because space opera, cute little robot boy and his robot dog, and a badass space marine type gal with blue skin and something to prove.

Diversity notes: (1) One imagines Dr. Quon is of Asian heritage, though I'm not sure it ever specifies in the text. (2) Nguyen is Asian-American.

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RebelBelle13
Feb 13, 2018

This was decent, but just not for me. There wasn't enough backstory here to get me invested, and I found myself not really caring what happened to the characters. I am very rarely interested in robots, but thought I'd give this a shot because it was recommended by someone who also liked Saga. The art was definitely beautiful- it gave me a watercolor and charcoal vibe. This was good, but I won't be continuing.

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joshua7279
Jul 19, 2017

Jeff Lemire hits another home run on this one. The sci-fi world feels rich with possibility as does the story. Throw in the fantastic watercolor style art and this is a fantastic package.

LPL_IlkaI Sep 21, 2016

The cover artwork is what lead me to pick up Descender, yet it's the stunning art by Dustin Nguyen made me fall HARD for this graphic novel. The story line is striking as well! Jeff Lemire pens a so-to-be Sci-Fi classic with Descender that harken backs to Herbert's Dune and the iconic imagery of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, Aliens, as well as, George Miller's Mad Max films. There were moments when I felt the ragtag squad, Guardians of the Galaxy, would have been very much at home in this Universe! I am very much looking forward to the next installment of Descender, so until then.

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Chroma01
Jun 27, 2016

Haunting and lingering, this book really got its robotic hooks into me. Really looking forward to the next instalment!

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