Book Review: Descender, Vol. 1 & 2 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review is for Volumes One and Two.]

Come for the art, stay for the story. The imagery and color that Dustin Nguyen uses to create this science fiction world are absolutely stunning. These volumes manage to be disturbing in a beautiful way, with the cute and the grotesque coexisting in harmony. The story by Lemire is slower to start, but really gears up in Volume Two with plenty of surprises and enjoyable suspense. Well-trodden AI vs. human and “lost child” tropes are employed, but it’s a comic, so am I really upset about that? I came for a sense of escape and visual delight, and on that front Descender certainly delivers.

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