Ascender, Vol. 1
Powerhouse creative team Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen launch an all new series in Ascender! 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! With all the scope and heart of the sci-fi classic, Descender, Lemire and Nguyen reunite to take readers on an unforgettable fantasy quest! Collects Ascender #1-5.

Ascender, Vol. 1 Details

TitleAscender, Vol. 1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 29th, 2019
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534313484
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Ascender, Vol. 1 Review

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    That effing ending 😫. The hell! I need the next one already! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    This took me a while to get into but once it got rolling I really got into it. The first couple of issues are mostly about establishing the new status quo. Magic now rules the galaxy. A powerful witch, "Mother", leads with an iron fist, stamping out technology throughout the remnants of the UGC. Andy and his daughter, Mila, are visited by an old friend and that's where the story starts to steam roll into the same deliciousness we had in Descender and books like Saga where half the galaxy are chasing after ou This took me a while to get into but once it got rolling I really got into it. The first couple of issues are mostly about establishing the new status quo. Magic now rules the galaxy. A powerful witch, "Mother", leads with an iron fist, stamping out technology throughout the remnants of the UGC. Andy and his daughter, Mila, are visited by an old friend and that's where the story starts to steam roll into the same deliciousness we had in Descender and books like Saga where half the galaxy are chasing after our heroes. It all has a sort of Star Wars feel to it. Nguyen's watercolors are as beautiful as you've come to expect during DescenderReceived a review copy from Image and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
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  • Valéria.
    January 1, 1970
    I must admit I liked the first volume of Descender more than this, but I somehow feel the whole story is going to be much, much better. The places are familiar but different, flashbacks are very helpful to piece together the gap between Descender/Ascender. I can't wait where this all is going..
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  • Adam M
    January 1, 1970
    Woooooooo, Lemire and Nguyen are back baby! Descender did this great thing, much like Star Wars, where you get some space opera & some fantasy/magic elements. These two give you a much more dynamic world than either "genre" might on it's own and -for me- it really worked. The characters, humanity and tension all built issue after issue to this amazing conclusion. (so I guess go read Decenders Vol. One if you haven't already)Confession time: I've been subscribed to this book as a mon Woooooooo, Lemire and Nguyen are back baby! Descender did this great thing, much like Star Wars, where you get some space opera & some fantasy/magic elements. These two give you a much more dynamic world than either "genre" might on it's own and -for me- it really worked. The characters, humanity and tension all built issue after issue to this amazing conclusion. (so I guess go read Decenders Vol. One if you haven't already)Confession time: I've been subscribed to this book as a month title at my local comic book shop since before it launched, however I have had such a busy year I haven't read single issues of anything in months. The collected trade here was my first chance to get into this world and it does. not. disappoint. Someone please tell me Dustin Nguyen has won an award, any award, for his cover art on these books. They are amazing both in scope and composition and do what any good cover should do: pull you into the book and story immediately. We're introduced to new antagonists immediately and the differences in the world of Descender and this one are immediately apparent in the best way possible. It sets you up for a familiar cast to tell you a whole new story. It would be really hard to talk about this without getting spoilery quick, so I'll just say it gets a whole-hearted recommendation from me and if you like fantasy comics or stories about complicated family dynamics, this book will satisfy. I received an ARC from Edelweiss.
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  • Craig
    January 1, 1970
    Descender was a bit of a slow starter, but ultimately became one of the comics I most looked forward to in each new issue/volume. Ascender starts off fast and it's great to be back in this universe with these creators again. The story takes place 10 years after the Harvester/UGC galactic war, in the remnants of that universe. Tech has largely been eradicated and now magic has taken its place and the universe is ruled by "Mother," the leader of a coven of witches, who has vampires and other creat Descender was a bit of a slow starter, but ultimately became one of the comics I most looked forward to in each new issue/volume. Ascender starts off fast and it's great to be back in this universe with these creators again. The story takes place 10 years after the Harvester/UGC galactic war, in the remnants of that universe. Tech has largely been eradicated and now magic has taken its place and the universe is ruled by "Mother," the leader of a coven of witches, who has vampires and other creatures (dragons, giants, etc.) at her disposal. There are still some rebel groups of the former UGC forces fighting, but Mother's grip is pretty iron-fisted and she's gradually stamping out the last remaining technology. Andy and his daughter Mila are visited by Bandit, the robot dog, which sets off a lengthy chase as the two seek out Telsa, who might still know where a functioning spaceship can be found. Love this story and the soft, watercolor artwork by Dustin Nguyen continues to be a delight as well. Very highly recommended and I'm looking forward to the next volume eagerly.
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  • Jakub Kvíz
    January 1, 1970
    I have a feeling that this will be even better than Descender. So much potential here!Ascender is more about magic than machines and it's working really well. I love seeing the old characters and the new ones are great too.I think that this is what Lemire can do best - stories about families and relationships (Royal City, Essex County, Sweet Tooth). Dustin Nguyen's art is brilliant as always.If you are a fan of Descender this is an absolute must-read.
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  • Laura Ungureanu
    January 1, 1970
    I was kindly provided with a copy of this volume by Edelweiss. I didn't know at first that this was based on a previous series. Had I known that, I would've probably never picked it. However, once I started from the first issue of Descender, I was totally caught up. The series had everything. Robots, humans, creatures, and a lot of combinations between these. And now it has magic. The war between machinekind and humankind ended badly. Robots are totally gone and humans are left only with magic. I was kindly provided with a copy of this volume by Edelweiss. I didn't know at first that this was based on a previous series. Had I known that, I would've probably never picked it. However, once I started from the first issue of Descender, I was totally caught up. The series had everything. Robots, humans, creatures, and a lot of combinations between these. And now it has magic. The war between machinekind and humankind ended badly. Robots are totally gone and humans are left only with magic. In this new context, another villain takes the power and rules the universe. I loved seeing Mila live in this new world. I miss the robots too. My only problem with this volume was that it felt disconnected from the Descender series. The magic was suddenly all over the place, everything was changed. It took a longer time to adapt to this new environment than in the previous volumes. I recommend people read the Descender series before going into Ascender just so it will have a better impression. The art seemed to be even more beautiful now that nature was dominating the technology.
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    The sequel to Lemire and Nguyen's excellent Descender, Ascender comes hot on the heels of the former's ending, and soon establishes itself as a whole different beast. Where technology and revolution were the themes of Descender, Ascender's all about magic and rebellion. It's a bit of a slow start, as we're introduced to some familiar faces and some new ones, and as the new rules of the universe are set out and explained. But once things get moving, around issue 3, then it's non-stop right throug The sequel to Lemire and Nguyen's excellent Descender, Ascender comes hot on the heels of the former's ending, and soon establishes itself as a whole different beast. Where technology and revolution were the themes of Descender, Ascender's all about magic and rebellion. It's a bit of a slow start, as we're introduced to some familiar faces and some new ones, and as the new rules of the universe are set out and explained. But once things get moving, around issue 3, then it's non-stop right through to the cliffhanger ending that shows that Ascender's going to be another universe-spanning epic as if we ever had any doubt.And of course, Nguyen's artwork is beautiful as always. His use of white space is second to none, and it makes some pages that look as if they're sparsely illustrated at first glance work even better than you'd anticipated.Ascender's a slow burn, but once the fuse is lit, we're off to the races.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5Total review score: 4.2
  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    Lemire does it again..probably one of my fave authors. Great extended world building of an amazing world. Awesome characters and lovely art.
  • Berna Labourdette
    January 1, 1970
    Así como en la excelente Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars (que comenté por acá) el mismo dúo creativo abordaba un futuro tecnológico en el cual los robots se alzaban contra los humanos y demás razas alienígenas; en esta oportunidad (ocupando los mismos personajes años después) el futuro pertenece a la magia, los robots han sido destruidos y comienza toda la aventura de nuevo. 
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  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    January 1, 1970
    I was very pleased to see this first volume of Ascender on Edelweiss. This series starts ten years after the conclusion of the Descender series. I really enjoyed that series and read them all much too fast and it is brilliant to have a new series to lose myself in.In this series Mila the daughter of Andy lives on the planet Sampson. Her mother Effie has passed away quite tragically, and the robots are dead and gone. The planet and most of the galaxy is in the hands of a vampire known I was very pleased to see this first volume of Ascender on Edelweiss. This series starts ten years after the conclusion of the Descender series. I really enjoyed that series and read them all much too fast and it is brilliant to have a new series to lose myself in.In this series Mila the daughter of Andy lives on the planet Sampson. Her mother Effie has passed away quite tragically, and the robots are dead and gone. The planet and most of the galaxy is in the hands of a vampire known as mother and everyone worships her.So life continues for Mila and Andy on this oppressive planet but Mila wants so much more for her life and she gets her wish when her dad's robot dog turns up from nowhere. Unbeknownst to both of them, the vampire mother has received a prophecy about the robot dog and Mila and Andy find themselves on the road as fugitives who are desperate to leave the planet. And in this way another great series begins and I'm really excited about this and eager to see where it goes.As with all Jeff Lemire comics, the artwork is first class and conveys a kind of dream like quality to the story, but not dreamy enough to send you to sleep. The story is action packed and of course full of twists and turns, and things we just will not see coming. So this is definitely a series with an excellent start and enough possible storylines to grasp and hold our attention. Definitely a great start and definitely one series to follow.Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an unbiased review.
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  • Brianda
    January 1, 1970
    1. I thought everyone was dead so this was a pleasant surprise lmao. 2. I know "no robots" is how this book is marketed, but....not enough robots.
  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm just gonna flip back through the pages and marvel at this amazing two-page spread of a beautiful flying turtle while feeling so. pumped. up. to see Andy and Bandit again! Nguyen's art is so great and Lemire keeps the story moving. I wasn't sure how a transition from a more sci-fi dominated universe to a more fantasy-inspired one would go, but it feels pretty seamless to me so far. I can't wait to read more.
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  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    I think this is going to be even better than the original series and I'm living for it 🥰
  • Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars.RTC
  • Simon Fletcher
    January 1, 1970
    Lamire and Nguyen created with Descender an amazing graphic novel series and they are back with Ascender. This is everything I could wish the follow-up series to be, more of the same but radically changed. I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes as it looks like it's going to be amazing.
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  • Shane Perry
    January 1, 1970
    Really glad to see more stories out of this world. Only Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen could take a science fiction story and completely pivot to fantasy in a way that makes sense. Love how the world of Descender has evolved. Nguyen’s art remains stunning. Excited to see what new things happen, though the few sprinkles of Descender characters/locations is fun.
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  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    Picks up a few years after the end of Descender. It’s brilliant.
  • Larakaa
    January 1, 1970
    Hooked again! (Damn!)
  • Wesley V
    January 1, 1970
    !!!!!!!!!!!! and did I mention !!!!!!!?
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    This is amazing! A great blend of science fiction and fantasy! I want to read more of this universe. SO much more. I want to read more of this story line and more about the past and future and a whole ton of people's side stories. Amazing character development, intrigue, adorableness, so much.
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  • Eli
    January 1, 1970
    Gran continuación para Descender. Me ha encantado y me muero de ganas de seguir leyendo (y comprándolos, porque el arte me parece precioso).
  • Rolando Marono
    January 1, 1970
    La increíble y sorpresiva secuela de Descender. Estaba muy emocionado por leerla desde el final de Descender, el cuál como su nombre lo indica, no podría considerarse un final feliz. Es más bien un descenso más profundo a la soledad y el abismo que siempre pintó la serie. Un final muy punk para los cómics mainstream.Ascender reemplaza la ciencia ficción por fantasía. Estamos en el espacio pero ya no hay naves ni robots ni armas láser, ahora hay gnomos, duendes, elfos, orcos y vampiros. Hay La increíble y sorpresiva secuela de Descender. Estaba muy emocionado por leerla desde el final de Descender, el cuál como su nombre lo indica, no podría considerarse un final feliz. Es más bien un descenso más profundo a la soledad y el abismo que siempre pintó la serie. Un final muy punk para los cómics mainstream.Ascender reemplaza la ciencia ficción por fantasía. Estamos en el espacio pero ya no hay naves ni robots ni armas láser, ahora hay gnomos, duendes, elfos, orcos y vampiros. Hay magia y dragones, etc. Parece que este tomo va por una premisa un tanto más directa que Descender, aquí si tenemos un villano con todas las letras, Madre y comanda un ejército a través de distintos planetas.Tiene un año que concluyó Descender y aún así, la nostalgia es un factor importante de esta serie nueva. Cuando aparece Andy, o tenemos flashbacks, o aparece algún otro personaje conocido, me alegré bastante. Era como ver a un viejo amigo y es que aunque terminó hace poco; una, no pensé que fuera a leer más sobre estos personajes. Y dos, el viaje de descender duró casi cinco años. En esos cinco años seguimos de cerca a esos personajes que no concluyen con un final feliz. Verlos nuevamente da un poco de esperanza.Me gusta como maneja la magia y la fantasía Lemire. Mesurada pero muy interesante, no nos explica muchos detalles sobre cómo funciona la magia o cuáles son sus reglas pero la vemos en acción un par de veces y es emocionante. También es muy padre ver las criaturas nuevas que habitan estos planetas.Como primer tomo, creo que la introducción de Descender era más intensa y potente. Esta no te deja con la misma sorpresa que Descender y creo que se debe a porque aún con el cambio de ciencia ficción a magia, el arte, que era uno de los factores más impresionantes, ya lo conoces.De todos modos, es una serie que no puedes dejar pasar si leíste Descender, ya que es una secuela directa, es como si fuera el tomo siete.
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  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful, and CompellingI've read lots of "pretty" graphic novels that have had less than interesting storylines, and lots of intriguing tales that had ho-hum artwork, but this beauty wins on both scores. As to the story, we have a rebel and his daughter on the run from an evil vampire/witch villain, which doesn't sound all that novel. But every aspect of the story has just an extra bit of spin, or color, or detail, or novelty, that elevates it above the usual, and reminds the reade Beautiful, and CompellingI've read lots of "pretty" graphic novels that have had less than interesting storylines, and lots of intriguing tales that had ho-hum artwork, but this beauty wins on both scores. As to the story, we have a rebel and his daughter on the run from an evil vampire/witch villain, which doesn't sound all that novel. But every aspect of the story has just an extra bit of spin, or color, or detail, or novelty, that elevates it above the usual, and reminds the reader what great storytelling can be. All of the main characters are engaging and interesting, and this volume hints at all sorts of developments and cameos that will keep the tale hopping. This is big time space opera, but it focuses on character as much as it does on grand plotlines and action, so it satisfies on every level.The artwork is fascinating. It's mostly painted watercolor, and switches between and among sketchy, impressionistic, and splashy. The action is always clear, and the drawings add immediacy and energy to what is, in any event, a fast paced storytelling style. So, this is nicely plotted and executed, with loads of clever, witty, and even touching bits that enhance an already fine story. A happy find.(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Alex Sarll
    January 1, 1970
    Descender was an excellent comic, beginning in a watercolour future that looked like late period Roxy Music sounds, then following it through suddent robot apocalypse into the dark decades after. Unfortunately, it proceeded to follow the route taken by another story where a gorgeous interplanetary civilisation got fucked up by killer robots, and ended up in a mess very reminiscent of Battlestar Galactica's final season. Now, against all odds, it's taken an even more mystically bollocks 'Whuh?' s Descender was an excellent comic, beginning in a watercolour future that looked like late period Roxy Music sounds, then following it through suddent robot apocalypse into the dark decades after. Unfortunately, it proceeded to follow the route taken by another story where a gorgeous interplanetary civilisation got fucked up by killer robots, and ended up in a mess very reminiscent of Battlestar Galactica's final season. Now, against all odds, it's taken an even more mystically bollocks 'Whuh?' swerve than BSG managed, tipping its universe from a scientific to a magical basis, and placing it in thrall to a particularly grubby and Mob-like evil empire run by the unappealing Mother, and administered by a cadre of vampires. Nguyen's art remains very pretty, but while it's a joy to see him draw flying turtles and such, fundamentally this style feels less new as applied to fantasy than it did for SF. And once the characters from Descender inevitably start showing up again, somehow even robo-hound Bandit is now coming across less adorable, more annoyingly yappy, than he used to. I was also left wondering why we hadn't had the transitional period at the beginning, rather than as flashback, given it's not like the series' sequel status was any big surprise. A gorgeous misfire.(Edelweiss ARC)
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    A few years back I read Descender Volume 1, and while liking it doubted I'd ever get to see the rest. Call me prescient. And here's the follow-on series, although this – as you might expect if you know the qualities of Lemire – is pretty easy to jump on board with. Here's the start of an epic-looking space opera, where the hero and his daughter are forced to leave their comfortable, exile-like home together and go elsewhere, and where the evil Mother, the woman that runs the universe by her laws A few years back I read Descender Volume 1, and while liking it doubted I'd ever get to see the rest. Call me prescient. And here's the follow-on series, although this – as you might expect if you know the qualities of Lemire – is pretty easy to jump on board with. Here's the start of an epic-looking space opera, where the hero and his daughter are forced to leave their comfortable, exile-like home together and go elsewhere, and where the evil Mother, the woman that runs the universe by her laws of magic, is trying to stamp out the last vestiges of technology. The two are a long way from meeting, or so it would appear, but Mother's powers are all-encompassing, except the rebel forces might just have enough to start a counter-attack. All told this is a warmly-met mixture of old tropes, delivered with a lot of energy and some fabulous painted art. You can pick holes in it for giving us this from that classic, and that from another and that from yet a third, or you could just have fun. I'd recommend the latter.
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  • Elia
    January 1, 1970
    Even if you have never read Descender, the graphic novel series of which this is a spinoff, this is definitely worth a read. I have not read Descender, but I was never confused by the story, thanks to good world building and a couple of handy flashbacks. The artwork is gorgeous, and the story is interesting and well-developed. A cute robot dog never hurts either.
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    It's a bit of a genre swing from Descender (not that science fiction and fantasy are all that far removed from each other) and that really works. Because it's a similar sort of hero's journey kind of story, and adding magic helps make this its own thing instead of a rehash of Descender.
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  • Doug Peters
    January 1, 1970
    A very exciting start to a new (but familiar) series. There is a strong hint of Saga in the way this volume shapes up, in my opinion. That is in no way a bad thing, but I hope Ascender finds its own identity.
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