‘Ascender #5:’ Advance Comic Book Review

When you’re running for your life, sometimes, you can’t be too choosy about who you go to for help.

In the previous issue, Mira and her dad managed to outwit and out run Mother’s minions for the short term by leaping onto the flying turtles. (Now, who wouldn’t want to do that?)  Their exit strategy also included dropping into the sea while on said turtles. Meanwhile, Mother walked right into a magical trap set up by the resistance. But did she survive?

In issue five, we see that Mother did, indeed, survive. Her magic protected her and those who were physically close to her, but she is pissed and wants retribution on those who allowed it to happen, as well as the resistance. Let’s just say her solution is an interesting twist on the judgment of King Solomon. Mira and her dad meet up with an old friend of his by the name of Telsa who captains a boat. She also happens to know a way off the planet.

Unfortunately, she’s drunk and not happy about seeing or helping them until she sees Bandit. The little robot is a happy reminder of their mutual robot friend, Tim, who didn’t survive. But will Bandit be enough to change her mind?

I have to say that the writer is making some pretty bold moves for this being so early in the series.  I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but what happens in this issue shifts the whole story. It’s interesting and I’m curious to see how it will pan out.

As usual, the art and lettering are spot on, and, as I’ve said before, I love the watercolors. It gives the story a gritty, unpolished feel, just the like the lives these people lead.

Pick up a copy at your local comic book store today. Or better yet, put it on your pull list.


Creative Team: Jeff Lemire (writer) Dustin Nguyen (artist), Steve Wands (letterer)
Publisher: Image Comics
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