Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Descender' #11 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen


★★★★☆ (4/5)

'Descender' turns a corner that will change the course of the story going forward. A huge cliffhanger leaves a couple of things hanging in the balance and if you can't wait until next month to see what happens, try waiting for three months. As this second arc ends, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen will be taking a break to reenergize and work on the next issue. Great for them, they've earned it especially Nguyen whose painstaking art is mesmerizing but surely exhausting, bad for fans though. 

Andy's storyline hasn't resulted in much as far as advancing the narrative. We know he's searching for TIM-21 and getting help from his old flame Queen Between on Sampson. The scenes work on their own with great dialogue even as he and Queen bicker but don't really reach a link to the other storylines. At least not yet. There's more to explore there with Andy, Blugger, Queen Between and her band of rebels but little time is given to flesh them out. I'm sure at some point they'll be relevant because it's inevitable that Andy and TIM-21 will be reunited. 

TIM-21 and TIM-22 wander the non-quarantine areas as Psius explains, robots have complete freedom to explore the Hardwire limiting Telsa and Dr. Quon. That doesn't sit well with her at all. The TIMs have had an interesting relationship. 21 is more childlike and emotional than 22. They've been programmed differently, a metaphor for the human equivalent of nurturing, and that manifests itself in different world views that prove to be dangerous. There was always a sense that things weren't as copacetic as they seem and with good reason. 

The driving force behind 'Descender' #11 is Telsa. She doesn't trust Psius and feels imprisoned regardless of the hospitality. Her instincts have her on edge causing Dr. Quon to say she's paranoid. As we've learned you don't want to piss-off Telsa and the good Doc learns the hard way. TIM's "dream" still remains a mystery despite running various tests. Telsa thinks once Psius gets the data he wants from TIM-21 she and Dr. Quon won't be allowed to leave as promised. They'll become expendable and it motivates her to snoop around to see what is really going on. 

After forcing Quon to help get into some off-limit areas, they stumble onto something heart-stopping. It's the big twist that will power the next arc. It'll be the reason you'll be cursing Lemire's name at the end because you'll want to see what happens next right now! There's a statement from Lemire about the book's hiatus and that's all well and good but what about us?!

'Descender' has become a reliable quality read. Jaw-dropping art from Nguyen, changing the way you look at comics through watercolors that fire the synapses in your head. Lemire doing his usual excellent writing making you feel things that warm your heart or crush your soul. The third arc will surely continue more of the best work in comics. We just have to be patient. 


Get the first arc here:

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

LONG BEACH COMIC CON Invades the Southland with William Shatner, Dave Gibbons, Cosplayers, and More

It's that time of year again when pop culture fans from all over Southern California and beyond descend on Long Beach to meet and greet some of their favorite stars from comic books, television, and movies. This year the 2017 Long Beach Comic Con offers some new exciting guests, panels, concerts, film festivals, cosplay contests, and an expansive Space Expo.


Visit downtown Long Beach on Saturday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 3 for the annual Comic Con at the Long Beach Convention Center. This year's lineup includes legendary actor and cultural icon Star Trek's William Shatner speaking in the Main Stage room on Saturday as well as esteemed veteran comic writer and artist Dave Gibbons (Watchmen).
A con that still values comics will feature comic book vendors, artists, writers, and publishers. Approximately 100 other guests including animators, voice actors, and professional cosplayers will be participating in more than 100 entertaining and informative panels covering animation,…

REVIEW: 'Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman' #6 by Andy Mangels and Judit Tondora

The series has been great fun but for fans of the original Wonder Woman TV series starring Lynda Carter and the Bionic Woman starring Lyndsey Wagner it's been a time machine to what could have been when these two iconic heroines meet.


WONDER WOMAN '77 MEETS THE BIONIC WOMAN #6  Writer: Andy Mangels Artist: Judit Tondora Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: September 20, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
 Andy Mangels and Judit Tondora have put together a sprawling crossover event that faithfully captures the tone and aesthetic of the 1970's shows. Often complicated and full of exposition, the camaraderie between Diana and Jamie is genuine and to see them in action makes the cover price worth every penny. Bringing together not only the titular heroes but incorporating their respective supporting characters like Wonder Girl and combining villains was no easy feat but Mangels and Tondora pull it off with enthusiasm and precision.
The plot to use Fembots to…

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

Fitness Women in Superhero Body Paint by J.M. Manion

J.M. Manion has long been a successful photographer covering the fitness and bodybuilding industry. He has photographed some of the strongest, well-defined physiques on the planet. He's also had a love of super-heroes and comic books. So much so that Manion began publishing his own comic book, Iron Siren Comics, featuring some of the fitness competitors he's covered as superheroes themselves. It's no wonder he sometimes incorporates superhero cosplay and body paint into photo shoots. Here are just some examples of his work:

REVIEW: 'Crosswind' #4 by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs

'Crosswind' #4 delves deeper into the situations that Cason and Juniper have found themselves in. The fates of both are increasingly in danger just as Cason as Juniper begins to stabilize the domestic life. Juniper as Cason has a target on his back and a deception that could cost a life before the two return to their rightful bodies.



CROSSWIND #4 Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Cat Staggs Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 27, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
The last issue was a satisfying chapter but things get inevitably messier. Cruz is out to get Cason for sleeping with his fiance Mika and making sure he keeps quiet about killing the idiotic son, Siggy, of the mob boss. He's got to play Mr. Randolph against Cason now and it's sure to set some deadly actions in motion. Meanwhile, back in suburbia, Cason just set Juniper's husband straight about his philandering. He needs help getting away as a woman so he enlists the help of a transgender woma…