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Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars

(Descender #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  18,169 ratings  ·  1,845 reviews
Young Robot boy TIM-21 and his companions struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. Written by award-winning creator, Jeff Lemire, Descender is a rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey. Lemire pits humanity against machine, and world against world, to create a sprawling epic. Created by Jeff Lemir ...more
Paperback, Trade, 160 pages
Published September 24th 2015 by Image Comics (first published March 4th 2015)
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Sara I would say this is a 11th-12th grade comic series. There is some cursing, drug use, bloody violence, and one adult scene (no bits are shown). To read…moreI would say this is a 11th-12th grade comic series. There is some cursing, drug use, bloody violence, and one adult scene (no bits are shown). To read volume one on the publisher's website, you have to verify that you are 18+.(less)
Willie Krischke The similarities are superficial. Both are about boy robots who survive when their owners are killed.

A.I. is about the robots' quest to find his fami…more
The similarities are superficial. Both are about boy robots who survive when their owners are killed.

A.I. is about the robots' quest to find his family and become a real boy, believing in the pinnochio myth. It happens on a post-apocalyptic Earth where humankind is extinct and robots are the dominant species.

Descender is about a robot whose code is identical to the mysterious robots who attacked humankind and then suddenly disappeared. He is the key to surviving the next attack, but most of the system (this isn't on Earth but in a fictional system of inhabited planets) has become very anti-robot, so some are hunting him to learn from him, and some to destroy him. (less)

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May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2017
This is the sci-fi I NEEDED after the failure that was Mass Effect: Andromeda. My skin is cleared. My crops are flourishing.
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Do you remember the film AI? Yeah. I loved that, too.

What if I could get all the delicious goodies from that film and mix it with a complex galactic empire beset by huge robots called Harvesters that are a lot larger than the Death Star?

Oh yeah. Ohhhh yeah.

But don't stop there! Make sure your heroes are full of pathos and mythic qualities, mix in some good storytelling and fantastic art... and you've got this.

I love SF, but THIS is why I love SF.

Just how many factions, be it aliens, robot haters
Jan Philipzig
Space opera with an edge as well as a heart - I love it! Lemire explores territory here that immediately brings to mind Star Wars and A.I. Artificial Intelligence, but he infuses it with his own brand of storytelling... and I am a sucker for Lemire's brand of storytelling! To the point that I probably would have enjoyed the story even more if Lemire himself had also done the artwork - which is almost absurd to say, as Dustin Nguyen's beautiful watercolors bring the story to life very convincingl ...more
Sam Quixote
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
The distant future. The United Galactic Council is attacked out of nowhere by mysterious Galactus-sized robots called Harvesters killing millions of citizens and leading to a massive robot cull. Fast forward ten years. A child companion robot called Tim-21 awakens on a moon mining colony, surrounded by dead bodies, the only survivor. Various factions are alerted who want Tim-21 whose tiny body potentially contains the secrets behind the Harvesters - run, robot Pinocchio, run!

Descender, Jeff Lemi
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ircb-2019
Another great series from Jeff Lemire. In a hard scrabble federation of planets where robots have been outlawed, Andy's childhood friend Tim-21, the last of his model has been found. Dustin Nguyen has made a visually stunning universe with his painted water color art. ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's here, people: the intergalactic "oh-shit" moment.

These giant robots (9 of them) have appeared next to every one of the core planets of The United Galactic Council. One terrible attack later, billions are dead and the gigantic robots simply vanish with nobody knowing how they did it any more than why.
Thus commences a time of civil unrest, of rivalry resurfacing after hundreds of years, the robots get rounded up and destroyed.
Almost 10 years later, a companion robot named Tim-21 wakes up. Som
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
5.0 Stars
This is one of the most compelling science fiction graphic novel I have read since Saga. The story starts out strong with a gripping first issue that setup a terrifying and mysterious future for humanity. The characters in this story are all distinct and well fleshed out. I was particularly drawn to the lovable android protagonist. This graphic novel is a good mix of action and story development. The artwork is absolutely stunning. I read this digitally and really want to get a physica
Liz Janet
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Descender tells the story of a robot kid named Tim-21, his creator, and the crew that is sent to find him after he wakes up from a dormant 10-year long sleep. In this world, robots have sort of been outlawed during Tim’s sleep, since during those ten years, every planet of the galaxy was confronted by a giant-planet sized-robot, who attacked and then, as quickly as they came, disappeared. This created a big distrust between robots and humans, which led to their eradication, and an even bigger ri ...more
Jan 31, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frequently I will talk about the writing or setting of a comic book, address the themes and style, how a character is developed and portrayed, and then add that I liked the art.

Let me begin here by saying that the artwork was exceptional. Illustrator Dustin Nguyen is credited with this work and his watercolor and sketchpad style was noteworthy. Beautiful.

Jeff Lemire’s cool and understated science fiction is also epic in scope as a group of gigantic robots called harvesters have attacked and dama
A stunningly beautiful book.

One day the people of Niyrata, home of the nine Embassy Cities that represent the core planets of The United Galactic Council, live in relative peace and luxury,


the next they‘re attacked by planetsized robots.


The losses are substantial and not only result in economic downturn but also lead to mistrust towards their own robots and basically robot genocide.



Ten years after the attacks TIM-21 awakes on the moon of Dirishu-6, base of a mining colony, where he served as a c
Jade Ratley
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
7.29 on CAWPILE.
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very nice start to a series! The first volume of graphic novels does not always draw me in, but Descender did a pretty good job of hooking me for the long haul!

My first impression was that this was going to be an odd one so I worried that it would take me a while to get into. When I read another sci-fi title, Saga, I ended up enjoying it, but it was so unusual that it did not click for me right away. It was not until vol 2 or 3 that I was hooked. With Descender vol 1, the writer and artist did a
The Lion's Share
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Edit: 2nd Read. This is top quality sci fi.

My first Jeff Lemire book. I'm now a big fan.

I really enjoyed this, full of surprises and twists, I'm looking forward to reading more.

The only gripe id say about this gn is the inking. Quite bad actually. Some characters left uncoloured or scratched. I prefer neat colours myself.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This was really good! It took me a little to adjust to the art style as I'm used to harder lines, but the art is fantastic once you get into it. I really like Tim-21 so far, and think the series will just continue to get better! Can't wait to get my hands on the next volume! ...more
James DeSantis
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Update Read On 2/24/20 - Upon re-reading it I enjoyed it more and bumping it up to a 4. I really felt for Tim this time and appreciated the world more.

Descender is a series I've owned for awhile but never read. Not sure why. I'm not big into space stuff.

This was good though!

So Tim 21 is a robot. You get little bits and pieces of his past, how he was made, what he was made for, while the other portion of this book is about other people hunting him down. In this very quickly paced volume you ge
Michael Finocchiaro
I really loved this first volume of Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars. The art is great - watercolor and ink - and the plot is fascinating. I am looking forward to seeing where they go with this. The characters are interesting - especially the Driller!

The story starts with a massive robot killing off seeming everyone on a spaceship...with one survivor, Tim-21. We meet the major characters of this 6-volume series and are introduced to his particular dystopian universe with machines and AI pitted again
Dave Schaafsma
I liked this quite a bit. I like Lemire's work, generally, though I like his earlier, edgier Essex County and Sweet Tooth stuff, with his own rough, sketchy drawing, but I liked the fairy tale romance Trillium, and most times (unless it is his superhero writing, which I dislike), I am inclined to like his work. What seems central to much of Lemire's work is the abandonment of the son by the father, or parents, but usually the father, and the search for reuniting them. Empathy, vulnerability, a c ...more
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This was quite well-executed, but as someone who has read and viewed lots of science fiction I can't say that it seemed to be bringing anything new to the subgenre, and there are some pretty obvious borrowings. The characters are all felt familiar and stock.

I may read the next one to see if it moves in an unexpected direction. The "dream" element was sort of intriguing.
Nicholas Eames
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So good I bought the hardcover omnibus the very next day. Honestly one of the most well-written graphic novels I've ever read. ...more
Kitty G Books
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-2016
The artwork of this comic is incredible. I truly love the style of watercolour and I envy those who have real flair and talent with that medium (as it's a tricky one) and this comic not only embraces the style, but does so beautifully.

The story of this series is about a young robot called TIM-21 who is the only remaining robot in a solar system years after a galaxy-wide catastrophe. There are no other robots as they have been outlawed, and when TIM comes back online suddenly he's instantly the f
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, comics
Descender is a great sci-fi story. Taking place in the future, humanity has spread across the stars. With the use of advanced robotics from the mind of Dr. Quon the future looks bright. Until a titanic robot showed up and destroyed the planet-killing billions. That's really where Descender starts. I will not give up too many details as this is a great story. It is epic in scope.

As the story develops we find out about a robot named Tim-21 and the possibility that he may have some kind of connecti
Paul Ataua
Mar 26, 2022 rated it liked it
Tim-21 is a robot boy in a world in which all robots have been outlawed. This is Tim-21’s attempt to stay alive in the world of bounty hunters. I enjoyed the story, but was less impressed by the accompanying images. I have loved some of the other works Lemire and Nguyen’s, but this one fell short of expectations. I am overly picky about the importance of words and images coming together in these novels, so please give it a try.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was beautiful.It's kind of like Spielberg's A.I., only better. ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
4.5 stars rated up

I received this copy of Descender through the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

The "Read Now" section on NetGalley is probably one of my favourite things in this world, especially when there is a bunch of new comics and graphic novels all uploaded at once. The second I see anything by Image Comics in the "Read Now" section, I automatically request and download it right away. The first thing that caught my attention about Descender was its lovely cover art
Alexander Peterhans
Robbies, humes, United Galactic Council, Harvesters, scrappers.. the worldbuilding in this seems surprisingly generic and derivative.

You get the chance to put your own stamp on the space opera genre, and pretty much every element feels like the first thing that would pop in your head, "yeah, that'll do". You don't have to reinvent the wheel, but put some effort in.

I do like Nguyen's art, although even there the alien and robot designs are all very Star Wars.

Let's see where this goes.

2.5 stars
Delirious Disquisitions
You should read this if you like: light sci-fi stories, artificial intelligence, I,Robot movie, robot/human dynamics, emotive robots.

Vol 1 of the Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars series does such a great job of introducing us to the central characters and conflicts. The premise is pretty much what you get from the description. What was unexpected was just how much I'm already love our little Tim-21 boy bot, his little bot dog, and his Driller companion.

The artwork is stunning. The watercolor plays
L. McCoy
This is how you do a great space comic!

What’s it about?
A team of space mission people in the future with all kinds of cool technology and aliens find a robot who survived after people tried to destroy all the robots like him! It turns out this robot may be more dangerous than he seems.

Why it gets 5 stars:
The story is very interesting.
Lemire does a great job making readers care about all the characters (especially Bandit. Yes, the dog robot’s my favorite character).
The art is fantastic! Lots of g
LOVE that this was all done in watercolor.

I had a feeling this was special.
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: image, comics

Jeff Lemire...


Dustin Nguyen...


Yes, please!

Loved it. Of course I did... *cough*JeffLemireFanboy*cough*

Sooo...its the future - life is great. There's prolly jetpacks, holodecks, colonized planets, spaceships...all science-fiction and shit.

There are robots too.

I love robots.

Annnnnyways...Badass robots show up and basically wipe out humans and just as suddenly as they appear *snap* they're gone.

Knee-jerk reaction - all robots and artificial intelligence
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
We meet with Dr Quon and he is a robotics guy on a planet called Niyrata, the hub of the UGC until they are attacked by big robots called Harvesters and majority of the population is wiped out and 10 years later again we pick with him and learnt what happened. Species hate AI and they are discarded. And then we meet TIM-21 a series created by Quon and then follow his adventures from escaping the mining colony, the scrappers, meeting with Dr Quon and Telsa, the UGC official and learn of the secre ...more
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Jeff Lemire is a New York Times bestselling and award winning author, and creator of the acclaimed graphic novels Sweet Tooth, Essex County, The Underwater Welder, Trillium, Plutona, Black Hammer, Descender, Royal City, and Gideon Falls. His upcoming projects include a host of series and original graphic novels, i

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“Have you read this, Tim? It's my favorite book. Trinket Tocket and his Tin Rocket!'
'I am not familiar with it, Andy. But I can easily access the data network and download all the volumes if you'd like?'
'Nah. My mom still gets them for me in hard copy. I love reading them like this. The drawings look better.”
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