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Ascender Volume 1: The Haunted Galaxy

by Jeff Lemire (Writer), Dustin Nguyen (Artist, cover artist)

Series: Ascender (1-5)

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"Set 10 years after the conclusion of DESCENDER's storyline, here magic has taken the place of machinery and the rules are very different indeed... Mila, the daughter of Andy and Effie from DESCENDER, spends her days exploring the lonely wilds of the planet Sampson and trying to stay out of the clutches of the evil disciples of the all powerful vampire witch known only as Mother. But like her parents, Mila doesn't like to play by the rules and when a certain robot pal of her dad's shows up, nothing will ever be the same!"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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I can't believe how happy I was to return to this universe. Although much of the story is built upon trope very familiar to science fiction fans, it's still so enjoyable and the quality of the art is hilarious and engaging. Eager to see the next collection come to Hoopla. ( )
  steveportigal | Dec 31, 2020 |
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Jeff Lemire's comics and graphic novels. Fortunately, he's a very prolific author and artist and keeps the new stuff coming fairly regularly. I loved his Descender series that he wrapped up at the end of 2018. That final volume ended with a tease that a new related series was in the works. This is the first collected volume of that comic series.

Ascender is set in the same universe as Descender but begins ten years after the events of Descender's final issue. Things are very very different. There are some familiar characters but it's very much the beginning of an entirely new setting and story.

This first volume which contains the first five issues of the comic is much heavier on stage setting and world building than it is on the story. There's plenty of story and some major things happen but it's clearly the starting point. It's absolutely a story I want to continue.

As with Descender, Lemire works with artist Dustin Nguyen for this series. His watercolor artwork continues to be varied and interesting. He's clearly playing with some softer tones and different palettes in this one. It's still just as beautiful. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Jan 15, 2020 |
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"Set 10 years after the conclusion of DESCENDER's storyline, here magic has taken the place of machinery and the rules are very different indeed... Mila, the daughter of Andy and Effie from DESCENDER, spends her days exploring the lonely wilds of the planet Sampson and trying to stay out of the clutches of the evil disciples of the all powerful vampire witch known only as Mother. But like her parents, Mila doesn't like to play by the rules and when a certain robot pal of her dad's shows up, nothing will ever be the same!"--Provided by publisher.

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