Title: Descender #30
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist/Cover/Variant Cover: Dustin Nguyen
Publication Date: May 30, 2018
Publisher’s Summary:“”THE END OF THE UNIVERSE,” Part Two Is this really the end? Tim-21 is delivered to the enemy and betrayed by one of his closest allies. But nothing can prepare the universe for what comes next as King S’Lok returns and does the unthinkable. Meanwhile, Queen Between and Andy face a betrayal of their own, with Bandit hanging in the balance.”
Tim-21 can maybe save the universe, but first someone has to save him from his enemies. Betrayed by Telsa, delivered to the hands of his enemies, Tim-21 is in a pretty tight place. And that’s before the final panel of the issue. Descender #30 is packed with suspense as Tim-21’s future, once again, hangs in the balance.
One word: tension. Jeff Lemire packs this issue of Descender with tension, between characters, political groups, and the fate the universe, building the suspense in each panel until the last page. What is the right choice, who can/should you trust, what will happen to Tim-21? Lemire makes it clear that there is no simple answer to any of these questions, no way to know for certain which path will lead to the best outcome. Like the characters in the comic, readers are uncertain how everything will turn out. As the suspension builds and characters converge, Lemire throws in one last surprise, ending the issue on a fantastic cliffhanger. Dustin Nguyen’s artwork remains steady from the first issue until present, having created an iconic look for the series.
The final countdown has begun in this issue of Descender, and the future of the universe is at stake. The issue brings characters back together just as the ultimate threat descends upon them. Jeff Lemire’s brilliant narrative leaves the reader in suspense, and one last question: who will stand by Tim-21 and save the world?
The Bottom Line:
Do not miss this issue! Lemire and Nguyen strike the balance between word and art to create tension within the narrative. Jeff Lemire’s brilliant narrative leaves the reader in suspense, and with one last question: who will stand by Tim-21 and save the world?