Ascender #18

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Dustin Nguyen Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 18, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 5
8.9Critic Rating
8.2User Rating


"STAR SEED," Part Four-Concluding the sci-fi/fantasy epic that began in the pages of DESCENDER, JEFF LEMIRE and DUSTIN NGUYEN present the final account of one young robot's struggle to keep his friends alive as the forces of magic and science meet in a climactic fashion.

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Aug 18, 2021

    Ascender #18 closes out Lemire and Nguyen's saga in a wonderful manner. They wrap things up in a neat little bow. This isn't a perfect comic, but it's a perfect ending for this book. The script and art are top-notch, and this is a beautiful ending for fans who have been following this story for years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Nicole Drum Aug 18, 2021

    Pacing wise, things move very fast and that certainly does make it perhaps a little less strong story-wise than some of the earlier installments. That said, the art this issue is the best its been and Lemire crafts this absolutely gorgeous emotional gravity that holds all the stakes you'd expect it to, but still ends in a way that is satisfying and doesn't break your heart. It's wonderful. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Rik Mertens Aug 18, 2021

    This is pure comic book perfection. You won't read a better series finale this year (maybe this decade). Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 1, 2021

    I've thoroughly loved the Descender series and Iv'e really enjoyed a lot of what Ascender had to offer in shifting gears and trying to look at a completely changed galaxy with new cast additions. I still think it has all the right things to it but as it went along you got more of a sense that Lemire had a slim set of things to say to bring it to a close and that even with that in mind, it still feels rushed in getting there. It feels like so much of Mila's story is yet to be told and that presented as a kind of savior/lead of the series early on, she had a minor role overall. I do like the general flow and ideas behind the finale and how everything goes with it, but it's just lacking that real impact that I wish it could have that Descender did. Read Full Review

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