Graphic Novel Review: Descender Vol.1 – Tin Star

Source: Purchased
 Paperback, 160 Pages
 Sci-fi Comic
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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. Created by Jeff Lemire (Sweet ToothTrillium) and Dustin Nguyen’s (Little Gotham) critically acclaimed, bestselling new science fiction series!

Descender is the story of a young robot boy, TIM-21, and his struggle to live in a universe that wants him dead. The universe used to be filled with androids co-existing with their creators until one showed up and caused the destruction of thousands. 

This was my first Lemire book that I had picked up (though the second I’ve reviewed) and it was a fantastic first impression! The story itself has a really heartfelt storyline following the adorable TIM and a varied host of side characters. TIM, Dr. Quon, and Telsa are such different personalities on the page, and with their different roles on society, we get a bit more of a complete picture of the history and current events as the story moves forward. There is plenty of action and some great world building to be had as well. I seriously love sci-fi stories that have a bit of “ancient” mystery in them, it’s the icing on the cake for me. 

The artwork is a perfect match for the story as well. It’s rendered in beautiful watercolors that are such a treat after reading so many comics with hard lines and saturated colors. I love the use of the grey and beige gradients for the flashback sections, which made it very obvious about the shift in the narrative without it having to be stated continuously. 

I’m excited to continue this series and see what Lemire has in store for TIM-21. 

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4 Responses to Graphic Novel Review: Descender Vol.1 – Tin Star

  1. Greg says:

    I’ve seen this comic around a few times. I love ancient mysteries with my SF too. This sounds worth checking out, I’ll have to see if it’s on ComiXology- I’m sure it is.

    Thanks for the review Michelle!

  2. BiblioNyan says:

    Thank you so much for discussing the art! I feel like it’s so rare to find reviewers of comics who actually take the time to talk about the art, which is a HUGE part of the narrative. So I appreciate it very much! 🙂

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