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BiG Nasty's Got Issues: 3/4/15 - Descender #1

Written by: Jeff Lemire

Art by: Dustin Nguyen

Published By: Image Comics

Price: $2.99

"We need you, Doctor. Get to the central terminal NOW!"

It's been a pretty fantastic time for sci-fi these past couple of years, especially in comic books. Saga has been a monumental reason for that, Warren Ellis' Trees offers a unique take on an alien invasion and the resurgence of the Star Wars universe is here, whether you like it or not. Now I'll admit that I may be coming to this conclusion a bit prematurely, but I really believe Descender has the potential to be one of the best ongoing science fiction books out right now.

Jeff Lemire starts us off on the planet Niyrata, the "technological and cultural hub of the group of nine Core Planets", all of which comprise the United Galactic Council. This can be compared to a kind of interplanetary United Nations. It was a day just like any other, pedestrians weaving between each other and the streets and skies filled with commuters (hover cars!) A Galactus-sized robot loomed over the planet and changed their world as they knew it.  

I really like the world that Dustin Nguyen has constructed. It's everything you would imagine a futuristic city would look like. From the awesome hovercrafts to the coexistence between humans and many different kinds of alien life. It instantly makes me think of the Citadel in the Mass Effect video game series. And of course, who can forget the robots?

What you're seeing above is the TIM-21 series android, ten years after the catastrophic event brought on by the giant robot from earlier. This TIM-21 is reunited with his robotic sidekick in this panel. Personally, I don't think you can ever have too much robot sidekick (Claptrap or R2-D2 anyone?) Dustin Nguyen's art so far has really stood out to me. It's not often you see this watercolor-esque style art in a science fiction book. To me, it contrasts the idea of this futuristic universe in a way that's really fun to watch and the colors splash beautifully against the light backdrop.

Overall I had a really good time reading this issue. The potential story ahead is exciting to me, and the pages are wonderful to look at. But don't take my word for it, go out and get the book for yourself.

Favorite Quote: "The council is in a panic. They've scrambled all available UGC warships and are waiting to launch a full assault if we can't figure out what the hell these things are."

Suggested Listening: No Time For Caution - Hans Zimmer. From the Interstellar score

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