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Descender, Volume 2: Machine Moon: 05/26/20

Descender, Volume 2: Machine Moon

Descender, Volume 2: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen continues with the plot of the two Tims. Tim-21 at the assurance of Tim-22 is whisked away to a robot built / robot run society. His rescuers, Telsa and Dr. Quon, manage to get taken to, though it's clearly not a safe nor welcoming spot for them.

The planet is the Machine Moon. Frankly the first thing that came to mind was "Fear the Bot Planet" of Futurama (season 1, episode 5). There's less farce on Lemire's version of a robot only world but obvious trap is still obvious.

Frankly for me the more interesting revelation is that Andy is alive and well and, not surprisingly, all grown up. Nonetheless he still loves his robot brother and wants to rescue him. Here, I can't help but draw connections between Descender and Toy Story 3 (2010) but in a science fiction/horror setting.

Chart showing relationship of volume 1 and volume 2

The revelation of Andy's wellbeing and his desire to rescue Tim-21 whom he still calls brother determines this volume's placement on the road narrative spectrum. In volume 1, Tin Stars, the two Tims as robots put the comic into the 99XXXX range. That's typically the last section of the fantasy/science fiction genres. Now though, a human being claiming Tim-21 as a brother promotes his status to sibling traveler (CC).

Andy and Tim's journeys, while separate are united on a singular goal: uhoria (CC). They both wish for a reunion. The last time they saw each other was ten years ago just before society was systematically dismantled across multiple planets. As their current actions are compelled by ten year old memories, their goal can only be uhoria — or no time.

Their routes are both dangerous and circuitous. Andy is going on out-dated information and into places currently in political turmoil. Tim-21 while at first naive glance is safe in a robot utopia, revelations by Telsa and Dr. Quon make it clear that he is in as much mortal danger as they are. With confusion, traps, dead ends, and the likelihood of injury or death, the route is clearly a maze (CC).

All together, Machine Moon is the tale of siblings trying to reach uhoria via the maze (CCCCCC). Other books in this position on the spectrum are Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 4 by Ryoko Kui and The Phantom Tower by Keir Graff.

Volume 3 is Singularities (2016). I will be reading it soon.

Four stars

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