Descender, Vol. 5 by Jeff Lemire

Descender, Vol. 5

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 #22-26

Details Descender, Vol. 5

TitleDescender, Vol. 5
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Science Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics, Comic Book

Reviews Descender, Vol. 5

  • Anne
    The Robot War is here!Relax. That's not a spoiler, it's in the blurb.The story picks up exactly where it left off in the last issue and keeps a pretty decent level of action going throughout the entire volume. And I'm still (unbelievably) digging this art.A lot happens in this one. But, at the same time, it's spaced out between multiple characters, so the main plot doesn't actually get as much forward momentum going as you might think. I'm kinda ...
  • David Schaafsma
    “We have waited too long in the shadows. It is time to rise.”The universe is on the brink of war and the boy bot Tim-21 is at the center of it all in this penultimate volume of this science fiction series in Descender, Volume 5: Rise of the Robots. Some scenes featuring Tim-21 and his anti-thesis Tim-22 are the most compelling scenes here. As is a sequence with fan fave Driller, where he acknowledges”“Drillers got no soul. Driller’s a k...
  • 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 appare...
  • Shannon
    I'm rounding up 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.Individual issue reviews: #22 | #23 | #24 | #25 | #26Total review score: 3.4
  • Roy
    Obsessed with this series had to read it before work. Has set up the story very well. I guess maybe one more Vol until its completed. Probably one of my favourite series, even if I'm very new to the graphic novel scene.
  • Chad
    You can feel things are coming to an end soon as stories converge. The robots make their move. Tim-22 is still a murderous little shit, while Tim-21 is the perfect little boy. Lemire keeps the dialogue sparse and let's Nguyen's sparse watercolors tell the story. This is a gorgeous little read and a perfect book to hand someone who says they don't like comic books.
  • Zedsdead
    Descender is just not clicking for me (but I keep plugging away. Thanks, Sunk Cost Fallacy!)The soft, pretty, watercolor illustration still feels like it's fighting the genocidal science fiction subject matter. And the robots continue to feel not remotely robotic; they're just as slow-witted, short-sighted and emotional as the human characters, complete with excessive stuttering.I appreciate the ambition behind the dramatic double-foldout toward ...
  • Chris Lemmerman
    The stakes get even higher as the Machine Moon, the NGC, and all of the other players in our intergalactic space opera come crashing together in more ways than one as the penultimate chapter of Descender comes to a close.This is a very quick read; that's not a complaint, but you can devour these five issues in about half an hour because Jeff Lemire is very good at getting out of the way and letting Dustin Nguyen's beautiful watercolours tell the ...
  • Crystal Starr Light
    Bullet Review:Beautiful, stunning art. It's so incredible to see these delicate watercolors for a scifi story, but it really works.I really enjoyed this one; not sure if it was because it was better than before (maybe the authors have hit their stride and are getting to telling the story they want), but I liked this much more than some of the earlier volumes. Fair amount of action, and who can hate Driller?
  • Kaitlin
    Love Descender vol 1-4 and this is no exception. The artwork is once again beautiful and the stakes just keep on going up. Here we see the beginning of the robot revolt, and I am super excited to follow volume 6 when that comes out too! 4.5*s
  • Paz R.M.
    Listen, I just want Tim21 to be okay.RTC.
  • L. McCoy
    This is the best volume of one of the best comics!What’s it about?Oh gosh, so much has happened in this series now that I don’t know where to begin without spoiling everything.Why it gets 5 stars:The story is still very interesting and it keeps building up.The art is great!The characters are still pretty cool, Driller is still my favorite!There’s a lot of action and it is really good!This series is still suspenseful and full of twists! I wa...
  • Craig
    I wasn't super-impressed by the first volume of this series--nice artwork and all, but it seemed little more than a rip-off of A.I. Well, I did eventually come back to it and I've been reading it more closely and with more than a little excitement and enthusiasm ever since. And, wow, did this arc ever blow things up! This story has been a slow-burn from the start, but it's getting hotter and hotter all the time and here we are at the actual re-em...
  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    4.5 StarsThis continues to be one of my favourite graphic novel series. This particular volume was incredibly gripping with plenty of story progression.
  • 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.
  • Sierra
    The art is at its best in this vol. There are some scenes that are so eerie, it was almost hard to look at and others that are so gorgeous, you cant look away. A lot of progress was made in this last volume but it did feel a little slow this time round, only because there's so much that needs to be covered. I heard there is only one left for the series. Which would really be a bummer at this pace, maybe 2 more if its this steady. I feel like we s...
  • Rod Brown
    I should only read this series when it is completed because I find these middle volumes to be filled with so much thumb twiddling. I'm sure there's a point to all the shuffling around of characters, but I've totally lost the thread at this point and find it difficult to care.And I was annoyed by the cliffhanger between the first and second chapters. All I could think was, "This isn't what happened last week! Have you all got amnesia? They just ch...
  • Jeff
    I was very pleased to see "penultimate chapter" on the back cover because i feared that this was an open-ended series. Now that i know they have a plan for the end, i'm happy to pay to see it ... and then donate the volumes to my local library.
  • Dan
  • Jessica Park
    That page turn is doing the most
  • Michelle
    There’s not much to say about this series that I haven’t already said, so here are some bullet points:- The story continues to be kind of trite, but somehow equally compelling.- The pace is *fast*. The setpieces that Lemire has established are coming together. This is the penultimate volume, so things are really starting to come to a head.- The art by Nguyen is fantastic. I never would have thought that watercolours would be a good medium for...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Jenny Clark
    Another awesome instalment here! I am sad it is the second to last volume though! It sounds like it will continue after that, but under a different name maybe? We'll find out soon. The art was great, as always. The characters were great, except for Quon, I despise that two faced man, though he is interesting. I agree with Telsa- don't trust a word he says.Tim-22 is a rather sad character, since we know his past. Though he is bad, I can see why af...
  • Garrett
    The war is upon us, there is more death and pain, and somehow, the major developments are thrown into shadow by the moments of sheer pathos between the chief protagonists. The storytelling and art continue to be excellent, and when read very quickly like this, all five volumes present a cohesive narrative that's as impressive in the planning it implies as it is in the evident execution. Can't wait for Volume 6, now.
  • 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
  • Becky Ford
    I don't think I'm emotionally prepared for this series to end...
  • Donna
    Sublime water colour illustrations - just divine. Perfect match for the drama unfolding.
  • Xander Hoffman
    Short compared to the other volumes and moves the plot along, but nothing particularly revelatory compared to the ones before. Nor did it have much to say that was different than other stories. Hopefully the final volume has more substance to it.
  • 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 b...