Thursday, August 03, 2017

Reader's Diary #1632- Jeff Lemire (writer), Dustin Nguyen (artist): Descender Volume One Tin Stars

I don't know why I keep being surprised by Jeff Lemire's work. I'm a diehard fan and it's like I forget that every time I sit down to read one of his books, only to be blown away by his talent once again. The man tells a story like nobody's business.

Descender is a superb piece of sci-fi with a richly developed world, emotionally resonant characters, and a plot that sees a surprise around every corner. Even the structure is creative. No where was this more clear than the second chapter when the robot boy Tim-21 is trying to escape from the villainous scrappers while every other page is a flashback in the form of his memories being slowly uploaded. Non-linear storytelling can be a difficult thing but it's achieved wonderfully here, the memory interruptions help build the tension yet are too beautiful to be frustrating.

Dustin Nguyen's watercoloured art helps gives depth to the story, especially playing up the more emotional angles. Try not to love Tim-21. It's impossible.

I cannot wait to read the next volume in the series.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

I agree with everything you said about this one John. I had never read a graphic novel until your mini-challenge last year...I did not like my first one, but as a result won this book (thank you!). I loved it, and also look forward to the other volumes.