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

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:

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 …

'Black Terror' Back in New Series from Dynamite and Max Bemis

The Nemesis of Crime is back in a new limited series by writer Max Bemis (Moon Knight, Polarity) this October!


In this series, Bob Benton aka the Black Terror, is living in the 1970s and contending with his post-war mental health as well as the rapidly evolving social landscape around him. Say Anything band frontman and acclaimed comics writer Bemis is joined by artists Matt Gaudio (John Wick, Bettie Page) and Ruairí Coleman (Cloak & Dagger, Turok). Rounding out the team on colors and letters are Brittany Pezzillo (Bettie Page, Green Hornet) and Taylor Esposito.

Each issue of the series acts as both the next chapter and a standalone deep dive into the Black Terror's life and the chaotic 1970s setting. Fans can expect to see Black Terror's infamous plain-named sidekick Tim, cult leaders, mobsters, experimental drugs and more. Bemis has described the title as a bit of an Alan Moore take, but less depressing and with some 70s Batman DNA.


Writer Max Bemis said, "I loved w…

PREVIEW: 'Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica' #2 by Amy Chu and Maria Sanapo

The body count increases and the mystery deepens as Vampirella and Red Sonja investigate the deaths plaguing Riverdale High. Turns out American high school life is as mysterious and perplexing as the murders themselves! Meanwhile, Betty and Veronica have troubles of their own when they butt heads with the editor of the school newspaper over their investigative news coverage. Is there a coverup afoot?


Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #2
writer: Amy Chu artist: Maria Sanapo covers: Fay Dalton (A), Robert Hack  (B), Laura Braga (C)              Dan Parent (D), Cat Staggs (E)               Dan Parent (RI-B/W), Laura Braga (RI-B/W),                Laura Braga (RI-Virgin), Dan Parent (RI-Virgin)
FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   Teen+  










Jordie Bellaire and Drew Moss Bring 'Vampirella/Red Sonja' Together for New Ongoing Series

Long overdue history in the making! Dynamite's two flagship heroines are teaming up in a new ongoing series starting in September, written by the multitalented and Eisner-winning Jordie Bellaire (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Redlands) with art by Drew Moss (Star Wars).


The story starts in 1969, the genesis of Vampirella - timed perfectly with her 50th Anniversary now being celebrated in 2019. Vampi's new to Earth and still adapting to our world. She finds herself attracted to the supernatural and paranormal mysteries of the world. When suddenly she runs across a young Red Sonja, plucked out of time and clueless. The two women set forth on an adventure, collaborating as both detectives and warriors to find out what has happened... only for more space-time shenanigans to befall them! Do not expect any cliché misunderstanding fights, these two Women of Dynamite are working together, no holds barred.

This series marks Jordie Bellaire further flexing her skills as a writer, following …