Friday, January 8, 2016
Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars
author: Jeff Lemire
average rating: 4.11
book published: 2015
read at: 2016/01/08
date added: 2016/01/08
'Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars' by Jeff Lemire with gorgeous art by Dustin Nguyen has a lot going on, but it's deftly handled and feels very coherent.
Giant Robots appear in the sky over a bunch of inhabited planets and attempt to eradicate organic beings. The organic beings don't particularly like this and start a war against the robots in their lives. Years later a young robot boy named Tim-21 wakes up on a remote mining planet with his robot dog Bandit. He's trying to find the family that he's been assigned to, but before he can figure that out, he is the target of scavengers who find worth in his salvage. It's possible that he holds more, but will he be destroyed before anyone can find out?
Like I said, there is a lot going on here and a lot gets set up, but it's handled pretty well. There are certainly things the reader doesn't find out in this first volume, but they feel like complete ideas and not just scattered things that may or may not connect. The art by Dustin Nguyen is just amazing. it's got a sort of watercolor quality that I really admired. It's a good start, and I'd be happy to keep reading more in this series.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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