De­scen­der

Lit­tle lost droid

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Comics -

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Pub­lisher: Im­age Comics Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Dustin Nguyen

Ro­bot sto­ries

re­main so pop­u­lar and long- last­ing sim­ply be­cause there’s so much you can say with them. The latest tale to tread in the foot­steps of Asimov and many oth­ers is De­scen­der, a new on­go­ing se­ries from Im­age that’s also yet another ex­am­ple of the con­tin­u­ing re­nais­sance of sci- fi comics.

The story is set in the far fu­ture, 10 years af­ter mys­te­ri­ous gi­ant robots called Har­vesters wreaked havoc across galac­tic civil­i­sa­tion. A mas­sive anti- ro­bot cull fol­lowed, but now one of the last re­main­ing robots has awo­ken on a dis­tant min­ing colony. Tim- 21 is a life­like ro­bot boy who faces a strug­gle to sur­vive in a hos­tile uni­verse – but some­how, he also car­ries in­side him­self the se­cret to un­der­stand­ing the Har­vesters…

Writ­ten by Sweet Tooth’s Jeff Lemire, De­scen­der is al­ready off to an im­pres­sive start in its first three is­sues, set­ting up a con­vinc­ing SF world while also tap­ping into pow­er­ful emo­tional themes. The story has some clear in­flu­ences ( es­pe­cially Spiel­berg ’s 2001 movie AI), but there are plenty of fresh and orig­i­nal touches here, while Dustin Nguyen’s art gives the story a unique look. Ex­e­cuted in lush wa­ter­colour tones, De­scen­der’s art­work is evoca­tive and char­ac­ter­ful, mak­ing this an emo­tive SF epic that so far looks strong enough to give fel­low Im­age SF comic Saga a run for its money. Saxon Bul­lock Lemire’s next pro­ject will be as an artist: he’s draw­ing up­com­ing Im­age se­ries AD: Af­ter Death for Bat­man writer Scott Sny­der.

There’s a fa­mil­iar face…

So that’s what lit­tle boys are made of.

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