Descender Vol. 2: Machine Moon

Jeff Lemire, story; Dustin Nguyen, art

Image Comics, 2016

The further adventures of robot boy TIM-21. He spends most of this issue in the company of the Hardwire, the robot resistance. He agrees to come with them on the condition that they bring his human companions Captain Telsa and Dr. Quon along, and help him look for his human brother Andy. Meanwhile Andy has been revealed to be a Scrapper, a human who makes his living as a bounty hunter killing banned robots wherever they can be found in the universe. He clearly has feelings for TIM-21, and is hunting for him (which of course the robot and his companions do not know). There are a number of flashbacks that show the relationship of Andy and TIM-21 while they were growing up together. The Hardwire's home planet is full of dark secrets: TIM-21 may be inadvertently contributing to the destruction of humanity. But his new friend TIM-22 seems to have treacherous ideas of his own, and the arc ends on a big cliffhanger. Nguyen's watercolor art continues to be striking and beautiful: it's a major part of the success of the storytelling.

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