Descender Volume 2: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire + Dustin Nguyen (Artist)
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: May 10, 2016
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.
My Rating:★★★★☆ ½
My Thoughts: Machine Moon expands the world delivered in Volume 1, while giving a spotlight on characters this time around!
Volume 2 centers on TIM-21, Dr. Quon, and Telsa as they are taken to Machine Moon by Psius, a city based on an asteroid which acts as a safe haven for robots.
There TIM-21 spends time with TIM-22, a clone to -21, and as the story progresses -21 reveals more about his past human companion Andy and through TIM-22 is able to discuss /explain his more human side, considering he learned through Andy.
Telsa is very suspicious of Psius and his intentions and is eager to leave as soon as possible. Yet as she stays, she comes to learn she’s growing more attached to TIM-21 and wants him to be safe.
Additionally Andy himself makes an appearance. Much older, he’s now a hunter who travels to different planets and makes money off the scraps he finds. However, he has one very important mission. Find TIM-21.
He soon finds himself with Bandit and the rest of Telsa’s crew from Volume 1 as he continues his search for TIM.
Andy is definitely my favorite character considering there was so much revealed about his past and himself as a character in quite a short story, compared to Vol. 1.
The plot itself is rather slow paced compared to volume 1, however the main characters go through much development, even the ones just introduced.
And the ending definitely took me by surprise! I cannot wait for Volume 3!
As with volume 1, the art is stunning and definitely some color contrasts between Andy’s + TIM-21/Telsa/Dr.Quon’s POV’s which definitely adds more depth to the story as a whole.
The space adventure continues in Machine Moon with incredible characters and development! A shocking ending will definitely leave the reader eager for Volume 3!