Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Art, Colours, Cover: Dustin Nguyen
Lettering: Steve Wands
Issue #13 of Descender was mostly focussed on Captain Telsa, the daughter of General Nagoki, the leader of the UGC, the organisation that runs the whole galaxy. After losing her mother during the attack of the Harvesters that killed a huge chunk of humankind, she managed to join the army under an assumed name.
Reconciled with her father, Telsa embarked on the mission to retrieve child-bot TIM-21: Nagoki knows that its codex is extremely similar to the Harvesters’.
On Machine World, the planet where robots and only robots live, Prius (the leader of the robotic resistance) decided that Telsa and scientist Dr. Quon, the inventor of the TIM robots, must die. To save his own life, Quon reveals Telsa’s true identity. He also confesses that he knows where an ancient robot, whose codex he stole to create the TIMs, is hidden.
Issue #14 brings us back again to ten years ago, at the time of the Harvesters, when a boy called Andy is forced to leave behind his favourite companion, TIM-21. Soon he has to leave his mother behind too: she is the only one who may be able to fix some leak in the mines that may kill hundreds of people. Bandit, a dog-bot, follows her, but she sends it away at the entrance. So Bandit goes to vigil on the “sleeping” TIM-21. It does so for ten years, until TIM-21 “wakes up” (in issue #1 of Descender).
Descender is a very interesting series. Occasionally it seems to be paying tribute to some science fiction film (this time it is WALL-E), but this never ruins the flow of the story, that remains moving and gripping.
The most remarkable characteristic of Descender, anyway, remains Dustin Nguyen’s art. Or rather, his watercolours. Sure, I have already mentioned it in past reviews (probably in all of them), but it can’t be ignored.
Things in Descender happen slowly, but the reader can’t help paying attention to every detail, so well crafted and depicted. Definitely a series to read.