Descender #2

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Dustin Nguyen Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: April 8, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 42
8.8Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

As the brutal robot hunting Scrappers close in on TIM-21, the events that first brought him to the mining colony on the outer edges of space are revealed.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Apr 8, 2015

    Lemire and Nguyen are proving to be a great creative team. I often find myself a picky when it comes to Sci-Fi stories, especially in comic form. The first issue saw a ten year time jump and thankfully we do get some flashbacks to add to the characterization. We get to see more of Tim-21's story and if you didn't already love the character, you won't be able to resist the emotions that start bubbling towards the surface here. You won't even realize that many of the characters introduced in the first issue don't even appear here as you'll be glued to Tim-21's plight as he fights for survival. DESCENDER is really growing into something special. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBuzz - JAdam Jul 13, 2015

    The reader wants to fly through the comic to absorb all of Tim's history and discover how the current events play out. The writing was even more exciting and embodied a more creative format than in issue #1, and the artwork, of course, was more than up to snuff. Even the cliff-hanger was just as intense as its predecessor. Dare I say that the second issue was even better than the first? Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    We The Nerdy - Amy Brander Apr 8, 2015

    Artwork wise, I knew that Dustin would be spot on. Anything this guy touches is a work of art regardless of what story it builds around. So I had no worries concerning the artwork whatsoever. He couldn't disappoint me if he tried. His use of watercolor makes even the most desolate mining colony of any distant planet take your breath away (literally, there's no oxygen on this planet). Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Kenia Santos Apr 21, 2015

    Fortunately, we know from the end of #1 that Dr. Quon is coming to the colony for Tim, he'll be fully functional in the next issue, hopefully. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Apr 7, 2015

    Descender #2 may not be quite as enthralling as it's opening issue, but that doesn't stop it from being a must have. This emotional tale is a testament to the creative team, with the innocent, yet intuitive mindset of Tim-21 being magnificent. The dramatic tempo, and exciting action also allows for an intense flair, with the gripping climax being nothing more than an added bonus. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Matt Garza Apr 9, 2015

    Jeff Lemire obviously excels in the sci-fi genre, and this tale of a lonely robotic boy is certainly no exception.Jeff Lemire obviously excels in the sci-fi genre, and this tale of a lonely robotic boy is certainly no exception. When I first heard about this series I was curious as to why Lemire wouldn't illustrate himself, as he did with Trillium. But as it turns out, his pairing with Dustin Nguyen was a wonderful choice. The two just seem so in sync. I mean as I've said, the pacing is brilliant, splicing Tim-21's memories into his current predicament. It adds a high level of tension that will surely certainly leave readers craving more. I can't wait. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Apr 7, 2015

    Descender #2 is a really good continuation to this new comic series, diving into the heartwarming and eventually tragic backstory of Tim and then proceeding to hit you with one hell of an ending. Combined with fantastic writing and absolutely gorgeous artwork, Descender has quickly become one of the best new series Image has to offer. If there's one new Image series you have to read this year, make it this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez Apr 8, 2015

    Whether it was Sweet Tooth or Trillium, Lemire has an incredible gift for story-telling. Descender is as spectacular as it is ambitious, and the story and character building are everything you would expect, as we are thrown in to not just a world but a universe of planets that gives this series so much more depth and the potential for a much more expansive narrative. You need to be reading this series! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Apr 9, 2015

    Descender #2 is a powerful and moving issue that expands upon what the first issue built. We learn quite a bit about TIM-21's past and everything he has gone through. The juxtaposition with the terrifying events happening now is effective, and the cliffhanger will leave the reader wanting the next issue to come out immediately. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    BGCP - Marco Piva-Dittrich Apr 7, 2015

    An extremely interesting (and sometimes quite moving) second issue for Descender, then; definitely worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh Apr 8, 2015

    All wrapped up with a fun, if slightly half-baked page with short descriptions of the galaxy's planets and their people, Descender #2 proves to be a great, more narratively condensed fallout to the first issue's literally earth-shattering introduction. Some readers may have a problem with it not touching on many bigger-picture points – and don't get me wrong, I too am excited to see more about the anti-robot post-apocalypse of worlds – but I thought this issue was a wicked, more introspective look at its main player in Tim. I continue to be high on this series as a familiar yet fresh take on science fiction, and will be sticking around to see just how Descender ascends. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Claudia Chavarin Sep 11, 2015

    When Entertainment Weekly calls it 'their new sci-fi obsession,' I would say I have to agree. I highly recommend! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - ozlongworthjr Apr 9, 2015

    Bottom Line: Despite being light on plot progression, the second issue is every bit as refreshingly fun and immersive as the first. Definitely worth coming back for more next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Apr 9, 2015

    Dustin Nguyen's painterly visuals are again a draw, the artist using a fine blend of washes and colors to generate mood and tone. His alien designs and robotic creations continue to impress, though it's the subtle humanity in his robot lead that give Descender that something more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Magen Cubed Apr 12, 2015

    Its only two issues in but Descender is proving to be a remarkably touching and thoughtful series. Tim is an endearing protagonist whose lonely and perilous journey tugs at the reader's heartstrings. While his story is indeed a familiar one, with clear allusions to a plethora of sci-fi film and fiction, Lemire and Nyugen have done a great job of developing him so far. Readers may be chomping at the bit to see what comes of the first issues splashy introduction, but the move to slow down the pace for a quieter, more intimate story was smart. The themes are well-trodden but used to highly affective ends, making for a polished, heartrending read that leaves the reader wanting more. More backstory, more insight, and more Tim and Bandit. This is another great issue from a promising series and capable creative team. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Apr 14, 2015

    There have been many stories featuring androids and the eternal question “what is human?” Some are good, some are bad, and a bunch fall somewhere in between. Then there are the few that make the ascension into greatness.Descenderis on that ascent. Read Full Review

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