Descender #1 (Image)


CREDIT: Image Comics

Rating: 4.5/5 – Lemire and Nguyen Present Some Great Sci-Fi.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall

Jeff Lemire does some good sci-fi.  Sweet Tooth was, at it’s core, a sci-fi tale and was one of my favorite series of recent years.  Trillium was an innovative way to tell a sci-fi story.  Those were both done via Vertigo and now Lemire is stepping out on his own with this new creator-owner series he is publishing via Image, this time collaborating with artist Dustin Ngyuen instead of doing it completely on his own.

The collaboration is working.  Nguyen’s lush watercolor art meshes nicely with the story Lemire is setting up in this first issue.  It’s funny, because a lot of times I enjoy my sci-fi to have a fairly hard edge to the art.  Oooh, science-y.  In this case the art is soft around the edges and has an almost ethereal quality to it that gives the book a really unique feel.

How about world building?  Universe building is more accurate, when we consider the entire package.  The story itself introduces us to the main characters, several worlds and alien races, and set up a couple of points of conflict that will drive the story along.  The backmatter gives us an Atlas of the Core Planets of The United Galactic Council and several pages of Nguyen’s concept sketches.  A very nicely rounded package that I thought did a great job of setting up the story and made me want to come back for more, which is in my opinion the primary mission of a number 1 issue.

If you’re a fan of sci-fi with a more human element, I’d recommend you give Descender a try.  If you’re a fan of art that strays outside of “super-hero normal” then you’re in for even more of a treat.  For my comics dollar, this book was firing on all cylinders and I’m eagerly awaiting more of this story.  It looks and feels different from every other book I’m reading, which currently stands somewhere around 130 titles per month, and that’s a good thing.  The one thing I love when it comes to my comics is ‘different’.  If you like ‘different’ then you may love this series debut as much as I did.  Now it’s time to wait

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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