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REVIEW: 'Space Bastards' #1 by Joe Aubrey, Eric Peterson, Darick Robertson, and Diego Rodriguez

  Acclaimed artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, HAPPY!) joins writers Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey as they unleash the galaxy's most vicious and depraved...parcel couriers? Poor David S. Proton. A meek, unemployed accountant desperate for money, he joins the Intergalactic Postal Service, paired with Manny Corns, a.k.a. "The Manicorn," a sardonic brute who thrives on the competition provided by the IPS. But delivery is mercenary for these intergalactic dispatchers-payment goes solely to whoever fulfills the delivery, making every run a comically violent free-for-all between the most ruthless degenerates in the cosmos. Stand back, Lobo! Make way, Han Solo -- here come the Space Bastards! SPACE BASTARDS #1 Writers: Joe Aubrey, Eric Peterson Artists: Darick Robertson, Diego Rodriguez Letters: Simon Bowland Publisher: Humanoids Publishing Release Date: January 13, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Score:  ★★★★☆ (4/5) Bored? Out of work? Looking to change careers? Tired of the corporate r

REVIEW: 'Descender' #10 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen


★★★★★ (5/5)

'Descender' #10 delves deeper into the expanding world Jeff Lemire has conjured up and it adds more character development along the way. TIM-21 lands on Machine Moon, a hidden refuge for robot-kind, and as welcoming as it is something doesn't feel right. Andy seeks the help of the Between, a rogue group of survivalists, that could help find TIM. There are some major narrative changes that keep this book humming along. 

It's an awkward arrival for TIM, Telsa, and Dr. Quon on the robotic paradise. Telsa is suspicious of their hosts but Quon is excited to sit-in on the TIM-21's examination.The TIMs have a great exchange about what makes family as 21 tries to take part in 22's more advanced video games and books. It's really a sweet scene that Lemire crafts that is endearing and sad. It humanizes TIM-21 some more and reiterates his "love" for his human family. Quon and Telsa squabble a bit illustrating their conflicting agendas. The agenda back on their home planet isn't so calm either as Telsa's father General isn't too happy with his daughter as he tries to facilitate her return. 

It's no secret that Dustin Nguyen's watercolor designs are nothing short of magical. From the spartan and clean environments of Machine Moon to the dingy and chaotic landscapes of Between's world, Nguyen's innovative eye for composition and contour is second to none. Again, the interaction between the TIM's goes from an immersive and dynamic 3D video game one second to a tender sparsely illustrated panel of just the two androids the next. 

'Descender' keeps unfolding and expanding into a greater space saga with new characters and a deeper exploration of the ones we know. The stakes get higher as Lemire tightens the vice around our nerves with the potential of a returning threat to the colony. Time is of the essence as to what about TIM-21 holds the key to understanding the Harvester menace. Nguyen's art is making most comic book artists look like schmucks by comparison. The worst thing about 'Descender' is having to wait for the next chapter. 

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