Written By Jeff Lemire
Art By Nguyen
Descender is a special book, and oh man is it pretty.
It's so rare that a comic can have you completely hooked as soon as you open the front page. From the first time you are exposed to Nguyen's art you feel like you're a part of this world. The soft watercolors and the texture of the page is something you see so rarely in comics, yet it fits so well here.
After a devastating attack by massive Robots of unknown origin, the world is thrown into a frenzy. The humans quickly wipe out any signs of robots and androids, fearing any sort of connection with the attacks, and the previous utopia quickly becomes a run down shadow of it's former self.
Years later, and several planets away, we find a young android named TIM-21 waking up. This is where the book really starts to come alive, and you begin to see just how much Lemire cares about the characters in his book. Lemire never brings attention the fact that TIM-21 is a machine, but instead that he is real living character in this world, and one I am really excited to follow on his adventures.
The book does a great job at establishing who the major players will be and how much is at stake for our characters. If you're a fan of Bladerunner, Star Wars, and more low-key sci-fi stories like Moon, this is a must buy,
Star Wars: Princess Leia #1
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Terry Dodson
The newest Disney Princess landed in her own series this week thanks to some Disney family magic with Lucasfilm and Marvel. Star Wars: Princess Leia, like the Darth Vader series, picks up directly after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV to introduce us to Princess Leia in this new Extended-Universe free Star Wars canon. It also seems determined to remind us of something about Leia Organa that sometimes seems to fall by the wayside.
Above all else, she is a Princess.
Mark Waid’s writing does a good job blending the familiar with the new while twisting our expectations. Leia’s desire for duty seems honest as she copes with the loss of her planet and family while Rebel Pilot/Alderaanian-refugee Evaan’s sassy iron-grip traditionalism provides a nice contrast to the brash princess. Evaan is also a great source of humor to fill in those gaps when R2-D2 isn't being a total boss.
The artwork is crisp and colorful in a very nostalgic way and is much brighter than the Vader series, but lacks some of the drama that Darth carries automatically. We know that Leia arrives at the beginning of Empire Strikes Back unharmed which means that this won’t be the most exciting chapter in Leia’s life, but it’s one I’m delighted to read.