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

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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ro...
  • Norman
    Sigh... The only reason I’m sticking this one out is for Dustin Nguyen’s amazing artwork, but I’m really losing my patience here. I love Jeff Lmire’s writing when he also draws his own stuff, but it feels like he seriously gives up on the things he just scripts, especially as the story progresses. The dialogue’s so whacky, I can’t believe it’s the same guy behind Essex County or even Trilium... I do care about TIM-21’s storyline t...
  • Sara Grossaint
    Because I know I'm at intense risk of repeating myself as I continue to review volumes of Descender, I'll try to eke out some new thoughts here and there but, before I say any of that, I'm just going to spout the usual, just in case this is the first volume of Descender any of my followers and friends have seen me review, so we're going to get that part out of the way before I talk about the thing (things, actually) that I haven't really talked a...
  • 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 ...
  • Shannon Appelcline
    "Rise of the Robots" is a somewhat uncomfortably plotted volume of Descender. On the one hand we have the eponymous "Rise of the Robots", which is a big-scale, epic story about the robots, well, rising. On the other hand we have a very decompressed story on Mata about several of our main characters. It's weird jumping between these two plots.With that said, the stage setting of this volume pays off by the end, and it looks like we're getting char...
  • Renee
    GAHHHHH DUSTIN NGUYEN HOW CAN YOU BE SUCH AN AMAZING ARTIST I CAN'T TAKE IT AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I just want to frame every single page of this book. Twenty stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will I get beat up if I tell people I like this book even better than Saga? Who cares, Descender is just the most beautiful comic I've ever seen in my life.
  • Arlenne Gilbert
    ¿Qué tiene esta historia que todos sus giros argumentales me gustan y me emocionan?Qué pedazo "cliffhanger" han dejado para el final del capítulo 26.Ahora tocará esperar por los siguientes capítulos. La espera se me va hacer muy larga, será eterna.
  • Nina
    I still like this series, but this volume felt like one big set up for the one big thing that happens at the end. Which will push the story forward in the next one, but I guess I was bored with the set up stuff. Glad we'll be moving on to the next thing later.
  • Carl Waluconis
    This space saga continues as exciting as ever. Unlike a lot of graphic novels, the violence is not superfluous and formulaic. Art and layout give this series its own unique look. Robots revolting are certainly not something new in science fiction or comics, but this has great characters and story telling. However, I think waiting for more volumes to come out would make a more satisfying read. It has a very fast pace, and this five-issue collectio...
  • Ken Yuen
    It's dire. A good moment from Quon. I really wonder where this story is going. Can humans really compete against robots, or are we going to go extinct?
  • Tara Schaafsma
    Whoo hoo! Can't wait to read the finish. The watercolors are lovely. And the character of Driller is great.