Descender Volume 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire + Dustin Nguyen (Artist)
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: September 24, 2015
Summary: Young Robot boy TIM-21 and his companions struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. Written by award-winning creator, Jeff Lemire, Descender is a rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey. Lemire pits humanity against machine, and world against world, to create a sprawling epic.
My Rating:★★★★☆ ½
My Thoughts: An epic Sci-Fi tale that pits human against machine!
Sci-Fi isn’t usually my genre of choice, however I’ve great luck find such fascinating and entertaining comics and graphic novels, I decided to give Descender a try!
Reading this graphic novel reminded me why this genre is so unique and captivating.
The story centers around a universe where man and machine live in harmony, then giant robots called Harvesters begin attacking and millions are killed, which does not fare well for both humans and robots.
10 years later, robots have become outlawed and no one is close to figuring out what exactly the Harvesters are or what they want.
An abandoned mining colony on a distant planet may have the answer.
Enter TIM-21, an artificial boy who was created for the sole purpose to be a companion for the son of his host family.
Soon he’s being chased by bounty hunters and scrappers, but a once respected scientist/engineer wants to find him to figure out who the Harvesters are and believes TIM-21 may be the key.
While it jumps right in, you definitely learn more about the overall world along the way and its absolutely fascinating.
The most memorable part of the world-building are the unique settings shown and the overall exploration of AI Technology and robotics!
The characters + character development is absolutely fantastic! While its mostly an introduction the characters grow and change over the course of this volume and they are so many layers to them I can’t wait to read volume 2 and discover more about this world and characters.
There’s non-stop action, plot-twists, space crews, and fascinating characters that will keep you hooked!
Aside from the fast paced story, the watercolor artwork is stunning! Its very subtle and light in tone, but delivers such stunning visuals.
If your a fan of Sci-Fi,robots/AI, and space adventures, definitely check out Descender Volume 1: Tin Stars! You won’t be disappointed!