If you didn’t already know, on Wednesdays (Aka New Comicbook Day) I work at Richmond Comix on Richmond’s South Side, where they are nice enough to give me a Pick of the Week! I post that pick on Instagram and Twitter, and then review that book/series here on Thursdays! Nick’s Pick this week is Descender by Image Comics!
The first key to determining if this book is for you or not is to answer a simple question; Do you like Robots?
This story seems to be all about robots. The main story follows a boy who has been asleep for 10 years on a mining colony out in space. The interesting part is he isn’t a real live boy. He’s a robot whose model name is Tim-21. He “awakes” to find that he is all alone on this mining colony. He comes across another robot, a small dog-like bot he calls Bandit. Together, they move to find out what has happened, why they’re alone, and in the process send out a distress call.
Meanwhile we get some of the 10 year back-story that involves Tim-21’s creator and designer, Doctor Jin Quon. He is widely considered the foremost expert in robotics in the United Galactic Council (UGC). This is union of nine core world planets that make up known life. One day they are visited by nine giant robots that suddenly and quietly peer out over each core planet. Dr. Quon, being the expert he is, is brought in to shed some light on the mysterious robots that come to be referred to as “Harvesters”.
The story moves between the ten-year gap between the appearance of the Harvesters and the reactivation of Tim-21. What is his connection to the mysterious Harvesters? How does Dr. Quon work into the equation? What makes Tim-21 so special? These are the driving questions that propel the story forward.
The art in this book is handled by Dustin Nguyen quite nicely, and Jeff Lemire delivers as usual with the storytelling. This is another book by Image that raises the bar for all the other creators out there! Unless you’re Will Smith in IRobot, I recommend giving it a shot! I think this book is a great read so far, and as it’s only on its second issue, there is still plenty of time to jump on the band wagon!
Come back next week for more reviews, or check out some of the other stuff here at Blackhole-Comics.com!
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