When I started reviewing this series, I had a feeling my husband would like it, so I ordered the prequel Descender series. (I was right. He did enjoy it.) It also gave me a chance to catch up on the background story of this epic tale. I’m so glad that I did, as in issue #11, the story merges a past storyline into the current one, bringing back a few important characters from the previous series: the old creepy wizard from Planet Woch along with Driller the Killer.
Having saved Driller from the Descenders’ robot purge through his magic, these two unlikely companions lived together for thirty years on Woch until the vampire threat, mother’s magic, and the tech hunters became too much of a threat. For some reason, the wizard knew he had to go to Sampson, so off they went where they waited for something. It wasn’t until Mila, Telsa, and Helga arrived that the wizard finally realized what he had been waiting for—Mila.
There is definitely a Star Wars undercurrent in the storyline, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The mix of tech and magic is always fun, and Mr. Lemire always gives us a nice twist with interesting characters like Driller, Andy, and Iffy. I appreciated that Mr. Lemire did not fall back on the old “the parents are dead” trope that we see so much of when a child is a major character. Family is an overall theme throughout the series whether the characters are related or not – a concept that is particularly important in our rapidly evolving world.
Whether the old wizard becomes the Obi-Wan-type character is yet to be seen, but the familial backstabbing between Mother and her sister has been fun to watch. I have to admit that Driller has become one of my favorite characters in the overall series. This issue has a nice mix of happy reunions and threats which await our intrepid heroes.
Oh, and yes, I did buy the first volume of Ascender for the hubby.
Creative Team: Jeff Lemire (writer), Dustin Nguyen (artist), Steve Wands (letterer)
Publisher: Image Comics
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