Get Started In DESCENDER

Current Series  |  Latest Jumping-On Points  |  Compilations  |  1st Appearance  |  Origin Story  |  Main Publication History  |  Secondary Publication History  |  Key Storylines  |  Media Source Material  |  Key Issues

by snowbi-wan, updated Jul 2019

DESCENDER is a 2015 Image, creator-owned comic book series from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dustin Nguyen that follows a special, artificial, boy robot named Tim-21 in a science fiction future where humans and their alien allies are at war with an invading species of sentient machines called the Harvesters. Newly activated, Tim-21 is desperately sought, as the boy may hold the key to winning this war. As the pseudo-antagonists of the series, the human-alien alliance hunts down artificial intelligence machines anywhere they can find them, just as the Harvesters tend to appear, wipe out whole colony worlds of organic life, and then quickly disappear. The series ran for 32 issues from 2015-2018 and was followed by a sequel series, ASCENDER, in 2019. DESCENDER has a backstory that reaches back 4,000 years, enriching the galaxy-spanning world-building of this epic, intelligent and well-balanced, heart-felt science fiction tale. In early 2015, Sony acquired the rights to adapt the comic series to film.

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Current Series

This is a curated list of the most current series to help you get started with Descender comic books. The series listed in this section are predominantly series of individual comic issues, but the list can include digests and softcovers (and even hardcovers) if the material is original material.

As with most creator-owned, Image series, the story is contained in a single ongoing series and subsequently collected into trade paperbacks. DESCENDER [2015] began in Mar 2015 and concluded in Jul 2018. The sequel series, ASCENDER [2019] begins in Apr 2019.

PublisherFrequencySeries 
IMAGEOngoingASCENDER [2019]

Latest Jumping-On Points

Comic books are serialized periodicals. The absolute best place to jump on with any comic series is a series beginning, but, if the run has gotten lengthy, the beginning of a new story arc or of a new creative team are other great--and perfectly acceptable--places to get started right away. This section contains a curated list of the latest issues from current and recent series where you can get started in Descender. Look below for series beginning or start of a story arc. Subsequent sections explore the subject's publishing history and indicate other less recent places to get started in Descender/ascender.

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
ASCENDER #1
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Apr 2019ASCENDER [2019] #1   (THE HAUNTED GALAXY, Part 1 of 5 (series beginning))UNAVAILABLE$2.59
ASCENDER #2
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May 2019ASCENDER [2019] #2   (THE HAUNTED GALAXY, Part 2 of 5)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
ASCENDER #3
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Jun 2019ASCENDER [2019] #3   (THE HAUNTED GALAXY, Part 3 of 5)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
ASCENDER #4
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Jul 2019ASCENDER [2019] #4   (THE HAUNTED GALAXY, Part 4 of 5)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
ASCENDER #5
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Aug 2019ASCENDER [2019] #5   (THE HAUNTED GALAXY, Part 5 of 5)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
ASCENDER #6
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Oct 2019ASCENDER [2019] #6   (THE DEAD SEA, Part 1 (start of a story arc))UNAVAILABLE$2.59
ASCENDER #7
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Nov 2019ASCENDER [2019] #7   (THE DEAD SEA, Part 2)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
ASCENDER #8
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Dec 2019ASCENDER [2019] #8   (THE DEAD SEA, Part 3)PRE-ORDER$3.99
$2.59

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

Compilations

In modern comic publishing, it's common (and expected) for individual comic book issues to be collected into compilations of trade paperbacks and/or hardcovers, as well as other special compilations. Unlike the individual source issues, the collected editions typically stay in print for long periods and are less 'collectible.' If individual issues are out of reach or are not of interest to you or if you just need reading copies, the following collected editions of Descender comic books are the most recent in-print editions and are the perfect alternative to get started right away with Descender. The following compilations are presented in a chronologically-based suggested reading order with softcover editions before any hardcover editions (unless the only in-print editions are hardcover--these are integrated into the softcover list).

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CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
DESCENDER VOL 01: TIN STARSQuick ViewSep 2015DESCENDER [2015-TPB] VOL 01: TIN STARS
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
DESCENDER VOL 02: MACHINE MOONQuick ViewMay 2016DESCENDER [2015-TPB] VOL 02: MACHINE MOON
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
DESCENDER VOL 03: SINGULARITIESQuick ViewDec 2016DESCENDER [2015-TPB] VOL 03: SINGULARITIES
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
DESCENDER VOL 04: ORBITAL MECHANICSQuick ViewJun 2017DESCENDER [2015-TPB] VOL 04: ORBITAL MECHANICS
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
DESCENDER VOL 05: RISE OF THE ROBOTSQuick ViewJan 2018DESCENDER [2015-TPB] VOL 05: RISE OF THE ROBOTS
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
DESCENDER VOL 06: THE MACHINE WARQuick ViewSep 2018DESCENDER [2015-TPB] VOL 06: THE MACHINE WAR
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
      
ASCENDER VOL 01Quick ViewOct 2019ASCENDER [2019-TPB] VOL 01
  
UNAVAILABLE$6.49
      
DESCENDER DELUXE EDITION VOL 01Quick ViewDec 2017DESCENDER DELUXE EDITION [2017-HC] VOL 01
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
DESCENDER DELUXE EDITION VOL 02Quick ViewNov 2019DESCENDER DELUXE EDITION [2017-HC] VOL 02
  
UNAVAILABLE$32.49

1st Appearance

The first appearance of a character in comic book form is often the most valuable issue featuring that character. It's a nice place to get started in Descender, if it's within your budget.

  • DESCENDER [2015] #1  (1st appearance of Descender)

Origin Story

The original presentation of an origin story or a retelling/recounting of it can be a good place to get started with a character or subject. The 'origin' of a superhero/villain is typically the event or circumstances surrounding how they gained their powers and/or began fighting/committing crime. Descender does not have a typical superhero-style origin story. The basic premise of the series is established in the first story arc.

Main Publication History

Series beginnings are always great places to get started in comic books. Here is the Main Publication History for Descender comic books. As with most creator-owned, Image series, the story is contained in a single ongoing series and subsequently collected into trade paperbacks.

  • DESCENDER [2015] #1-32   
  • ASCENDER [2019] #1-   

Key Issues

A key issue can be an acceptable place to get started with Descender/ascender, but they are more of a collector's checklist, as they can carry high price tags. The issues listed in this section are predominantly non-variants (i.e. main covers).

Key Issue cover 1 for DESCENDER
  • DESCENDER [2015] #1   (1st appearance of Descender)