The plot thickens!

Ascender #13 by Jeff Lemire (author), Dustin Nguyen (cover art, artist)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The beginning of this one is told from Mila‘s perspective.

Mother‘s story continues, we go on a detour to Gnish and I spotted something that looked suspiciously similar to a light saber… Oh, an Telsa takes us to a really interesting place at the end of this issue! The plot thickens! One more issue in this story arc and volume…

Going places

Ascender #12 by Jeff Lemire (author), Dustin Nguyen (cover art, artist)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

An in-between issue. Andy fights vampires, the story of Mother is taken another step forward and we meet another character from Descender, who was not such a surprising surprise. He had to show up eventually.

If you are interested in this series, you should start with the first Descender volume:

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A boy wakes up in a place where everybody else is dead. He has been asleep for 10 years. Turns out he‘s not a kid, but a robot companion. 

Gorgeous watercolour artwork.

There are some pretty strong Star Wars vibes. That flashback was a throwback to Tatooine. All that was missing was R2D2 and C3P0. Plenty of potentially interesting planets and (hopefully to come) complex world building.

Tim, Driller and the yappy bot are great characters. The humans and otherwise biologic entities are a colourful bunch. Shocking violence! I screamed like a girl. Well, once… the bad guys are nasty. And the potentially nice guy is flawed. I liked the story of robots being the hunted underdogs.

The original post of my 2019 review is here: Think AI and Star Wars.

Driller is back!

Ascender #11 by Jeff Lemire (author), Dustin Nguyen (cover art, artist)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The cover gives it away, so I am happy to say without spoiler… Driller is back! And Driller is a real vamp killer! Yay!

Mother is facing some serious challenges. Which is ok, because we don‘t like her. Right?

Aaaand…. Have I mentioned it yet? Driller is back! Personalities clash…

Some of the frames are a little hard to decipher in this one, but the artwork is still exceptionally good.

Bad guys were young once, too.

Ascender #9 by  Jeff Lemire  (author), Dustin Nguyen (cover art, artist)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Backstory for Mother, the leader of the vampires…

The evil “Mother” may rule the universe with an iron hand, but even mothers were young once—and after growing up on an ice-covered planet, it’s easy to see why she might have an ice-covered heart, too.

Mostly in shades of gray and black with only a few splashes of colour for the important bits. Interesting. I wonder where this is going to lead us…

Finally ascending again…

Ascender #8
by Jeff Lemire (author), Dustin Nguyen (art)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Finally continuing with Ascender. We still have the watercolour artwork that has also defined Descender. A lot of images give vague impressions…

Others are more detailed…

I am still in love with the art, even though the story hasn‘t grabbed me as much as in Descender. I seriously dislike the vampires. I don‘t get the point of them. I think I will have to re-read all of this back to back at some point.

If this world is new to you, please start with the previous series: Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire,  Dustin Nguyen (Illustrator). So good!

Still the trench?

Snow Angels #4 (comiXology Originals)
by Jeff Lemire,  Will Dennis (Editor),  Jock (Artist) 

Rating: 3 out of 5.

We come to the end of the first book. Not much to say, actually. We came to a logical conclusion with an unexpected revelation. The characters go onwards into unknown territory.

It left me ambivalent. I will continue to the next issue of the following book, purely because it‘s free on Kindle Unlimited. Otherwise I probably wouldn‘t… 

It was a little tricky to find a scene, that will not spoiler the story (much)…