Ascender Vol. 2
The hit fantasy series from powerhouse creative team JEFF LEMIRE and DUSTIN NGUYEN continues!After a bruising escape attempt from the planet Sampson, Andy finds himself in the clutches of the militia, which means the murderous Mother can't be far behind. Meanwhile, Mila has booked passage on a ship piloted by none other than the irascible Captain Telsa. And while vampires may rule this strange galaxy, they're no match for Kanto, the Blood Scrapper-the most badass vampire hunter in the universe!Collects ASCENDER #6-10

Ascender Vol. 2 Details

TitleAscender Vol. 2
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 30th, 2020
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534315938
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Fiction, Comic Book

Ascender Vol. 2 Review

  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    This series isn't as good as Descender and it's taking a while for it to get going, but there are still things I love about it.Individual issue reviews: #6 | #7 | #8 | #9 | #10Total review score: 3.4 This series isn't as good as Descender and it's taking a while for it to get going, but there are still things I love about it.Individual issue reviews: #6 | #7 | #8 | #9 | #10Total review score: 3.4
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  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    January 1, 1970
    Driller!!
  • Tobin Elliott
    January 1, 1970
    I will fully admit to being a touch underwhelmed by the first volume of this Descender follow up series. The hard shift from SF to Fantasy threw me a bit. It also created a lot of work for Lemire and Nguyen to lay the foundations for this new universe, while also catching us up with the players from the last series, and introducing new ones.But now that the first volume did all that work, this one simply hums along with that trademark Lemire/Nguyen brilliance. I enjoyed it immensely.
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    More familiar faces come back to play as Andy and Mila attempt to escape from Mother, even if it means asking people they never wanted to see again for help. There's still a lot of world building going on, as the post-Descender world becomes more apparent - there's an entire issue devoted to Mother's backstory which I really enjoyed, for example, but it does mean that the main plotline feels like it's moving along at a glacial pace. It's still great reading, of course, but it's also a tad frustr More familiar faces come back to play as Andy and Mila attempt to escape from Mother, even if it means asking people they never wanted to see again for help. There's still a lot of world building going on, as the post-Descender world becomes more apparent - there's an entire issue devoted to Mother's backstory which I really enjoyed, for example, but it does mean that the main plotline feels like it's moving along at a glacial pace. It's still great reading, of course, but it's also a tad frustrating. Nguyen's art remains beautiful, but it definitely relies a lot on blank space.
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  • Valéria.
    January 1, 1970
    Základom je neporovnávať to s Descenderom, ale brať to ako samostatnú vec. Potom človek nemá pocit, že Descender bol lepší/výraznejší/akčnejší/emotívnejší. Aj táto séria má niečo do seba, stále ma skvelé momenty, skvelé zvraty a hlavne myšlienka toho celého a ako sa ten dej posúva je neskutočne skvelý. V tomto volume sa toho stalo naozaj veľa, zase nám nejaké postavy zomreli, zase sa nejaké (aj staré!) vrátili. Kresba je (stále) geniálna, vodovky ľúbim, takže je radosť na to pozerať.
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  • RG
    January 1, 1970
    Still not hitting the highs of Descender
  • Craig
    January 1, 1970
    More table-setting, but not much else. Also, Nguyen's art is a bit of a mess this time--a lot of it looks dashed-off, not as controlled as in earlier volumes. I love this story, but I was really hoping for a bit more out of this arc.
  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    Much more so than the previous volume, it's obvious that this book is a sequel to both the Descender series as well as Ascender Book One. We get quite a bit of flashback, via touches of both Pinocchio and A Christmas Carol, and some effort is made to flesh out the gaps between the two cycles of books. All of which is a little irrelevant, for this is never really going to be your starting point of choice. If you're returning, you might not quite get the book you assumed you would, but there is ac Much more so than the previous volume, it's obvious that this book is a sequel to both the Descender series as well as Ascender Book One. We get quite a bit of flashback, via touches of both Pinocchio and A Christmas Carol, and some effort is made to flesh out the gaps between the two cycles of books. All of which is a little irrelevant, for this is never really going to be your starting point of choice. If you're returning, you might not quite get the book you assumed you would, but there is action here, and some surprise, at least where Mother is concerned. The artwork is still Dustin Nguyen's cool design – art that is wonderfully painted, but can make it hard to tell gender at times, which might make you turn against it. So, escaping questers, manic sororities, and the usual mix of cyborg vampire action – all turn up and are present and correct, but I didn't find it quite as appealing as the first book's blend of the familiar and the new. Three and a half stars, perhaps.
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  • Cale
    January 1, 1970
    This volume doesn't move forward a whole lot, but it does fill in a lot of the holes left over from volume 1, as we find out more about Telsa's travails post-Descender, and get some more back-story on the villains' past and ultimate goals. It also undoes one of the cliffhangers from the previous volume, about which I'm not sure how I feel. But really, not a whole lot happens here; it just feels like it's setting the pieces in place for the next part of the story. But even without big set pieces This volume doesn't move forward a whole lot, but it does fill in a lot of the holes left over from volume 1, as we find out more about Telsa's travails post-Descender, and get some more back-story on the villains' past and ultimate goals. It also undoes one of the cliffhangers from the previous volume, about which I'm not sure how I feel. But really, not a whole lot happens here; it just feels like it's setting the pieces in place for the next part of the story. But even without big set pieces Dustin Nguyen's art is amazing, and he gets several chances to shine here, which makes it worthwhile just for that. I'm assuming the next volume will do more and this does provide some world-building details that were sorely lacking in Volume 1. But as a standalone, it's definitely not the best of the saga.
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  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    The story continues and again, I cannot speak (or write) more highly of Lemire's works. I am not a fan of everything he has written, but still, this series (from DESCENDERS to ASCENDERS) is just magical in a way that feels like folktale tellings around a ceremony. It is beautiful to look at, and compelling to read.
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  • Jamie Connolly
    January 1, 1970
    Good stuff.
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful artwork, the shift from sci-fi to fantasy has resulted in a slow moving plot line.
  • Berna Labourdette
    January 1, 1970
    Una maravilla este cómic de CF, continuación de Descender, aunque se puede leer de manera separada. En esta oportunidad, muchos años después del último tomo de  "Descender", tenemos a Mila, hija de Andie y Effie, en un mundo donde la magia ha cobrado su precio en sangre y las máquinas ya no existen. Adivinen quién aparece :) Muy entretenida y el dibujo de Nguyen, excelente como siempre. 
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  • Kevin
    January 1, 1970
    In volume two, Mila’s journey continues to evolve as an any epic adventure does. Her party has close calls, victories, and adds heroes. We also flashback to learn the backstory of unfamiliar characters of Ascender.Jeff Lemire puts the emotional spectrum of his writing prowess on full parade. We get treated to the ache of losses, the relief of narrow escapes, and the soaring heart of companionship. Dustin Nguyen’s panels are self-contained works of art; each one harnessing the emotions of the sto In volume two, Mila’s journey continues to evolve as an any epic adventure does. Her party has close calls, victories, and adds heroes. We also flashback to learn the backstory of unfamiliar characters of Ascender.Jeff Lemire puts the emotional spectrum of his writing prowess on full parade. We get treated to the ache of losses, the relief of narrow escapes, and the soaring heart of companionship. Dustin Nguyen’s panels are self-contained works of art; each one harnessing the emotions of the storyline and focusing it into haunting, heart-wrenching, and triumphant frozen moments. The pair of creators achieve the nigh-impossible—Ascender’s impact grows with every page.Driller a killer...Driller a real killer.
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  • Wesley
    January 1, 1970
    Best book out there right now? Best book out there right now.
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Vol 2: The Dead SeaIllustrated by Dustin Nguyen Andy gets fished out of the ocean and healed only to be sent to a Vamp Camp as food. Mother arrives in the nick of time to “save” him, but only to use as part of her tracking spell to find Mila. Telsa and Helda take Mila to an island where they have hidden their space ship, and a daring rescue reveals Helda’s love for her captain. Meanwhile, an attack on Mother’s coven forces her back to her lair, where she discovers all of the mothers, and the sou Vol 2: The Dead SeaIllustrated by Dustin Nguyen Andy gets fished out of the ocean and healed only to be sent to a Vamp Camp as food. Mother arrives in the nick of time to “save” him, but only to use as part of her tracking spell to find Mila. Telsa and Helda take Mila to an island where they have hidden their space ship, and a daring rescue reveals Helda’s love for her captain. Meanwhile, an attack on Mother’s coven forces her back to her lair, where she discovers all of the mothers, and the source of her powers, is gone. She is visited by her former self, and we see her terrible path to become Mother.There was a lot of backstory given in this volume, but it wasn’t overwhelming. I feel like Mother has a lot more dimension now, and I really need to see what happens to her, as this volume left her in a bit of a pickle. At the end of volume one, I really didn't have any sympathy for her despite having hints that she had a hard life. We also see how Telsa and Helda got to Sampson, as well as some snippets of what happened after the Descender attack. Most of what happened in that second battle at the end of the Descender series is still a mystery, so hopefully we get some more insight as Ascender goes on. A parallel between the two series is the reader knowing so much more than the characters, and Lemire really building on this frustration with every issue. Dustin Nguyen's beautiful and ephemeral watercolors once again build a vivid galaxy. Image rates this as a Mature title, but the only thing in this volume elevating its rating is language. In Descender, there is an adult scene and a bit of gore, so I am curious to see if Lemire adds any of those elements into Ascender. Sara's Rating: 9/10Suitability Level: Grades 11-12Read more graphic novel reviews at www.graphiclibrary.org.
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  • Bill
    January 1, 1970
    I loved reading this book for the (familiar) characters, the storyline (what’s going to happen to those characters), and especially the artwork which is a beautiful and evocative kind of water coloring. I don’t even want to find fault with this but I suppose my only complaint is that I wish the overall story would move faster, but that’s my impatience for more story and I must admit that Lemire does have several threads he’s weaving at once and a fair amount of world-building to accomplish.
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  • Martha
    January 1, 1970
    Through flashbacks, this volume starts to bridge the time- and genre-jump from "Descender," starting to give us background on what magic is and how it fit into the previous science fiction scenario. A lot still remains to be revealed, but given the cliffhanger it ends on I'm guessing that's all going to start in the next volume. I liked this overall better than the first volume, and improvement is what you want in a series.
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  • Shim
    January 1, 1970
    As with the first volume, the artwork is incredible. Filled with vibrant watercolours and bold lines, this series really stands out and is thoroughly expressive in its characters. This volume did not accomplish a whole lot more, but it was an important transition. (view spoiler)[We find out more about "Mother", Andy gets some closure (albeit a bit too convenient of a coincidence…). The Helda and Telsa relationship is a nice touch. And I'm eager to see more of Mr. Vamp hunter Kanto. (hide spoiler As with the first volume, the artwork is incredible. Filled with vibrant watercolours and bold lines, this series really stands out and is thoroughly expressive in its characters. This volume did not accomplish a whole lot more, but it was an important transition. (view spoiler)[We find out more about "Mother", Andy gets some closure (albeit a bit too convenient of a coincidence…). The Helda and Telsa relationship is a nice touch. And I'm eager to see more of Mr. Vamp hunter Kanto. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Paul Swanson
    January 1, 1970
    Fantasy sci-fi quest with mind blowing watercolor and painfully lovable characters. At times a little underwhelming and even disappointing. But then absolutely amazing and beautiful and touching and making me wet.So good. Helda is fracking awesome.
  • Aleksandra
    January 1, 1970
    I imagine this to be another great series. As I put this book down, I realize that it probably be a while since I will get the third one, but I am hopeful that at least it will be as good if not better.Not a one bad word to say about this one.
  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    The exposition volume, which means that there's not much forward momentum here.
  • Mike Jorgensen
    January 1, 1970
    Can't wait for more
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    This one fell off for me. Felt it drifting into sellable TV and movie storylines. By all means make that money but I shouldn't be able to detect it?
  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    ♥️ Effie
  • Steve Portigal
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeous. Can't wait until 2021 for the next installment.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    It's just so damn pretty.
  • Lukas Holmes
    January 1, 1970
    Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhh....killing off characters just to have them show up in the next volume is starting to make me lose interest in any stakes in this series.
  • Martin
    January 1, 1970
    This is very fast paced and packs so much story in.
  • M.i.
    January 1, 1970
    I love the pacing in this. Such a brisk yet enjoyable read.
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