Descender #3

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Dustin Nguyen Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 6, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 41
8.9Critic Rating
8.5User 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
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennett May 7, 2015

    With a combination ofthe two, art and story, Lemire and Nguyen are onto not just a sci-fi hit, but an instant hit in the world of literature. You're doing yourself a serious disservice if you'renot picking this book up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Amy Brander May 6, 2015

    I've said before that this series is one of the most exciting titles of 2015 for me personally, and I have to ramp up my statement now that it IS in fact one of the most exciting titles of 2015 for me, for anyone. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bloody Disgusting - Eric Switzer May 6, 2015

    If you aren't reading “Descender” yet I don't mean to portray it as some Grant Morrison-like grand metaphysical experiment, because it really is easily digestible, doesn't present any really challenging ideas, and doesn't cram a ton of world-building in too fast. It is easy because it's masterful, and when you read it it's going to do something to you. Trust me. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley May 11, 2015

    This is, so far, the best new series of 2015. I can't wait to see where Lemire and Nguyen bring their characters and us as they take us on this unique and astonishing journey. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Mike Logsdon May 7, 2015

    Jeff Lemire is back with the third installment of one of the most intriguing and breath-taking sci-fi comics to hit the stands in quite a while. Lemire continues to explore the journey of Tim-21, whose "afterlife" is just as mysterious as his living one. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Latest Pull - Nathan Stout May 7, 2015

    Jeff Lemire is crafting a story that is looking to be deep and interesting, asking questions about morality as well as the nature of man. TIM-21 is an intriguing main character that in which the reader easily sympathizes and is beginning to bring into question what is known about artificial life. Supporting casts are a strength of Lemire's and this cast is no different. We can see Quon's love for robotics, even while his unsure of their consequences. Captain Telsa intensity comes through clearly, as does her mysterious nature. We are forced to question her motives for this mission. These characters are developed through clean dialogue that is constantly pushing the story forward. I for one, cannot what to see where Descender ends up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards May 5, 2015

    Descender #3 is another fantastic and highly enjoyable issue of the series. While progress is a bit slow in areas and the comic is slowly building up this world, the things that we do learn are intriguing, the writing is still going strong, and the artwork continues to look downright gorgeous. Image has been putting out a lot sci-fi comics recently and of all of them, Descender is easily the best and most worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - JAdam Jul 17, 2015

    The trade paperback collecting issues 1-6 is out September 24. Pick it up. Or better yet, order the individual issues from your local comic book shop so you dont have to wait. You wont be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Crusaders - Adam Cadmon May 5, 2015

    Three issues in and Descender is still pretty close to a perfect work of contemporary science fiction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng May 11, 2015

    It's a turning point when Quon's face shifts suddenly from fearful to shrewd. It's gratifying to see Quon use his wits to resist Telsa's patronizing scare tactics. In previous scenes, he is still a wreck of a man, and Nguyen conveys this not only through Quon's messy appearance but also by his subordinate posture and defeated body language. Now, in "Descender" #3, Quon shows some of the intellectual muscle of his younger self, before his function as a scientist and his self-confidence were damaged. Although the power differential between him and UGC is by no means leveled, the reader is reminded that this is the man who created Tim. He's no longer just an instrument of the UGC, and so he becomes another player on the board, and there's plenty of suspense about what he might do as the primary human character in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield May 5, 2015

    Descender #3 might have slowed the momentum just ever so slightly, but it still packs a wallop of visual treats. Lemire and Nguyen continue to play with a delicate balance of creating mystery, forming metaphors and ensuring maximum empathetic resonance. Quon and Telsa are still a little too cold, but with Tim-21 now in tow, no doubt Lemire will begin to weave an intricate web of inter-personal relationships and subvert expectations. After the emotional forward flow of the past issues, #3 is a well-timed ebb in what is a sea of near limitless potential and visual splendor. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 5, 2015

    Ultimately, there may be some who are disappointed that this book doesn't progress too far - it's all a detour to the robot afterlife, which is gorgeously portrayed, but is still a little on the decompressed side. That said, it's nice to see two talented creators just shoot for beautiful imagery, and in that regard, Descender #3 scores. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Jonathan Bryant May 8, 2015

    Descender #3 poses several thoughtful questions about artificial intelligence, and whether robots share a communal consciousness independent of their creators' will. It's a sign that Lemire and Nguyen plan to use their sci-fi trappings as much more than an admittedly gorgeous window dressing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    BGCP - Marco Piva-Dittrich May 4, 2015

    Still quite interesting Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh May 6, 2015

    Descender #3, like the issues that precede it, come with very high marks from me, indeed, and as with any great meal, I have no problem in slowly, meticulously devouring its every course. Read Full Review

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