Descender, Vol. 5: Rise of the Robots

Descender, Vol. 5: Rise of the Robots

The first major DESCENDER event is here. This is what it has all been building to. The Robot Resistance rises up and tightens its iron grip in the universe as the origins of the Harvesters are finally revealed and the galaxy is thrown into all-out war! A new chapter of the sci-fi epic begins here by superstar creators JEFF LEMIRE and DUSTIN NGUYEN. Collects DESCENDER #22-2...

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Title:Descender, Vol. 5: Rise of the Robots
Author:Jeff Lemire
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Descender, Vol. 5: Rise of the Robots Reviews

  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    This continues to be one of my favourite graphic novel series. This particular volume was incredibly gripping with plenty of story progression.

  • Ryan Michael

    I love this series. The art is unique and the story is engaging and never stale. It’s funny, it’s heartbreaking, and it’s full of twists and turns. I will now patiently wait six months for vol 6

  • Travis Duke

    Still one of my top favorites. Like other volumes this is very art driven with less dialogue then other series and you can really blast though a book rather quickly. It leaves you wanting more which can be good and bad. Anyways lots of development in volume 5, the title is a bit of a spoiler so there is that. Tim -22 is still holding Quon and Telsa but Tim-22 is finally getting a dose of his own evil medicine. Tim 21 is still imprisoned by the robot resistance but he has a move to make as well.

    Still one of my top favorites. Like other volumes this is very art driven with less dialogue then other series and you can really blast though a book rather quickly. It leaves you wanting more which can be good and bad. Anyways lots of development in volume 5, the title is a bit of a spoiler so there is that. Tim -22 is still holding Quon and Telsa but Tim-22 is finally getting a dose of his own evil medicine. Tim 21 is still imprisoned by the robot resistance but he has a move to make as well. Meanwhile Andy and crew get caught in a trap with the robot resistance that has a big impact too. Driller! yeah we get more of Driller on his strange magic planet where he battles goblins and vampires... its true and its magnificent. Some major things happens to a few characters and I wont spoil them. In the end Quon and Telsa do make inside Mata the water planet where the original robot was found so next issue should be huge.

  • Michael Finocchiaro

    While my favorite comic right now is Saga, Descender is not far behind. I love the watercolor artwork - so much more accessible than in Low (which I gave up on) and at times beautifully minimalist. The story is split into four or five arcs and is brilliantly told. Tom-22 is one evil dude whereas Tom-21, well, we still don't know exactly why he is so important but we finally in this 5th volume get our first look at the scary Harvesters (who apparently don't know that the galaxy calls them that).

    While my favorite comic right now is Saga, Descender is not far behind. I love the watercolor artwork - so much more accessible than in Low (which I gave up on) and at times beautifully minimalist. The story is split into four or five arcs and is brilliantly told. Tom-22 is one evil dude whereas Tom-21, well, we still don't know exactly why he is so important but we finally in this 5th volume get our first look at the scary Harvesters (who apparently don't know that the galaxy calls them that). There is a ton of action here and a great cliffhanger at the end (as usual). I am still a big Descender fan and highly recommend grabbing these and reading them in order. Great stuff.

    Incidentally, it is interesting how many stories are about man vs robots (that is essentially the problem here). From the Terminator movies to many of the episodes to Black Mirror (Machinehead in particular), we seem to have a well-founded obsession with the power that machines are obtaining via AI and whether one day, we organic lifeforms will become obsolete. Descender actually asks these questions quite subtly. I reviewed elsewhere Becky Chambers' Wayfarer series which also tries to touch upon this (the GC in this case forbidding AI to be hosted in "kit" bodies) and a particularly paranoid variant was picked up in sci-fi classic Hyperion. Perhaps an even more recent variant is the PKD inspired Blade Runner 2049 which poses the same question. Perhaps I need to make a list sometime of the books and movies that deal with this common theme - man vs the machine.

  • Berna Labourdette

    La calidad de esta serie de ciencia ficción, en un futuro distópico donde los robots han sido oprimidos por la posibilidad que se rebelen contra los humanos (adiós Tres Leyes de la Robótica) se mantiene constante entre los buenos dibujos de Nguyen y los entretenidos guiones de Lemire. Resulta díficil elucubrar qué pasará ahora que los robots definitivamente se levantaron en armas contra los humanos, en medio de la búsqueda desesperada de Tim-22 por poner a salvo a su hermano humano y a sus amig

    La calidad de esta serie de ciencia ficción, en un futuro distópico donde los robots han sido oprimidos por la posibilidad que se rebelen contra los humanos (adiós Tres Leyes de la Robótica) se mantiene constante entre los buenos dibujos de Nguyen y los entretenidos guiones de Lemire. Resulta díficil elucubrar qué pasará ahora que los robots definitivamente se levantaron en armas contra los humanos, en medio de la búsqueda desesperada de Tim-22 por poner a salvo a su hermano humano y a sus amigos, mientras que al parecer es un Mesías robótico. Veremos que sucede más adelante. 

  • Shannon

    because even though some issues in this volume weren't my favorites I just love this series to pieces, plus it ends on a high note.

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  • Rachel

    Gosh, it’s almost like Lemire's watercolor illustration just keeps improving with each volume of this tale. So good! Driller is a real killer and still my favorite character in the series.

  • Tom Ewing

    By law all robot comics must have a sequence where a robot goes berserk and shouts "KILL-ALL-HUMES!". It's always satisfying and this is no exception. Major story developments in this volume of Descender but also a fair bit of padding out the various scrapes the cast have got themselves into. At least one main plot is still in roughly the same state at the end of the volume as the beginning despite much teeth-gritting and chest-beating. Not the blockbuster event it's billed as, then, but another

    By law all robot comics must have a sequence where a robot goes berserk and shouts "KILL-ALL-HUMES!". It's always satisfying and this is no exception. Major story developments in this volume of Descender but also a fair bit of padding out the various scrapes the cast have got themselves into. At least one main plot is still in roughly the same state at the end of the volume as the beginning despite much teeth-gritting and chest-beating. Not the blockbuster event it's billed as, then, but another solid volume of an enjoyable and consistently attractive series.

  • P D

    I wasn't totally satisfied with how this volume was constructed - I'm fine with a major character falling off the map until their story can be told in a less piecemeal fashion, rather than being told in fragments - but this is also one of those volumes that's clearly setting up for shit to go down in the next volume.

    That said, props for upping the "creepy child" game.

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