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"THE DIGITAL MAGE" The hit fantasy series from powerhouse creative team JEFF LEMIRE and DUSTIN NGUYEN continues! Captain Telsa is doing her best to shake off young Mila and Bandit but things gets harder once an old friend wants to tag along -- DRILLER, the KILLER ROBOT! With his faithful companion Mizard the Wizard at his side, Mother and her evil army of vamps may have fin "THE DIGITAL MAGE" The hit fantasy series from powerhouse creative team JEFF LEMIRE and DUSTIN NGUYEN continues! Captain Telsa is doing her best to shake off young Mila and Bandit but things gets harder once an old friend wants to tag along -- DRILLER, the KILLER ROBOT! With his faithful companion Mizard the Wizard at his side, Mother and her evil army of vamps may have finally met their match. Meanwhile, Andy struggles to resurrect his lost love Effie from the relentless grasp of the vampire undead. Collects ASCENDER #11-15


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"THE DIGITAL MAGE" The hit fantasy series from powerhouse creative team JEFF LEMIRE and DUSTIN NGUYEN continues! Captain Telsa is doing her best to shake off young Mila and Bandit but things gets harder once an old friend wants to tag along -- DRILLER, the KILLER ROBOT! With his faithful companion Mizard the Wizard at his side, Mother and her evil army of vamps may have fin "THE DIGITAL MAGE" The hit fantasy series from powerhouse creative team JEFF LEMIRE and DUSTIN NGUYEN continues! Captain Telsa is doing her best to shake off young Mila and Bandit but things gets harder once an old friend wants to tag along -- DRILLER, the KILLER ROBOT! With his faithful companion Mizard the Wizard at his side, Mother and her evil army of vamps may have finally met their match. Meanwhile, Andy struggles to resurrect his lost love Effie from the relentless grasp of the vampire undead. Collects ASCENDER #11-15

30 review for Ascender, Vol. 3: The Digital Mage

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    So. Much. Happens. Potential Spoiler Warning! Sorry, I can't talk about what I want to without at least hints of what happens in this one leaking out. If you haven't read this volume yet...well, go read it! Lemire is getting the band back together in a big way in volume 3. Some of the band members look a little different, some stayed exactly the same. I'm here for all of it. I will say I agree with some of the complaints that other readers have about deaths not sticking or things getting resolved too So. Much. Happens. Potential Spoiler Warning! Sorry, I can't talk about what I want to without at least hints of what happens in this one leaking out. If you haven't read this volume yet...well, go read it! Lemire is getting the band back together in a big way in volume 3. Some of the band members look a little different, some stayed exactly the same. I'm here for all of it. I will say I agree with some of the complaints that other readers have about deaths not sticking or things getting resolved too easily. This could be a problem down the road if Lemire keeps wacking beloved characters at the end of one issue and reviving them at the beginning of the next. However, if this was a one time thing to wow fans of the series and bring everything full circle, then he did a wonderful job. I really wasn't expecting to see a lot of these faces again. Last page of the volume got me! Boom! Ah! I squealed and scared my husband. <--then had to explain it was a comic and not something serious - like a spider that needed killing or something. You know what I want? And some of you are going to be really pissed and disappointed if I get it, but I want a happy ending for these guys. I know, I knoooow... Still.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    With, the third volume, "The Digital Mage" Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen continue their fantasy/sci fi/space travel/AI/space opera/homage to Star Wars, with the return of series favorite Driller the Killer (Robot) (and his faithful companion, Mizard the Wizard. (Queer) Telsa (with her ever devoted partner pilot/lover) leads the crew to converge with the Magical Militia (?!) to Phages, a galaxy far, far away and too scary for even the anti-robot, anti-magic monster, Mother (and her evil empire of With, the third volume, "The Digital Mage" Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen continue their fantasy/sci fi/space travel/AI/space opera/homage to Star Wars, with the return of series favorite Driller the Killer (Robot) (and his faithful companion, Mizard the Wizard. (Queer) Telsa (with her ever devoted partner pilot/lover) leads the crew to converge with the Magical Militia (?!) to Phages, a galaxy far, far away and too scary for even the anti-robot, anti-magic monster, Mother (and her evil empire of vampires) to go. They then go to the moon of Dirishu, where the whole Descender series began, to prepare for a war between the forces of men and magic. I hesitate to reveal the basis of the cliffhanger here, but let’s just say it involved Tim-21 and The Fate of the Universe! The real delight in the series is the art of Dustin Nguyen, with a kind of swirling/sketchy contemporary fantasy feel with deftly placed touches of color. Just awesome artwork throughout. The volume is fine, working on character development as they race around the galaxy, where the goal seems to be to get The Band Back Together to Save the World. I like the series. I like that title Digital Mage, too, getting at Lemire’s fantasy commitments here. I think not enough really happens in this slim four issue volume to say that it is awesome or all that memorable, but it moves things along. In the huge unaffordable omnibus that will come out when all these series are done-Descender, Ascender. . . Descender again? Contender? Blender? Freddy Fender?Gender Bender?--this volume will just be a small part of the story. 3.5, rounded up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Gonna be lazy and post my thoughts from issue #12 as it sums up my thoughts on this volume as a whole: This was way too short and quick, and I'm starting to feel like things are coming too easily and the conflicts and consequences aren't dire enough. I mean, I don't want the characters to suffer needlessly but it seems like everything is lining up and working out too well. I felt there was more tension and sacrifice in Descender, is all. If you were just going to get all of the characters back to Gonna be lazy and post my thoughts from issue #12 as it sums up my thoughts on this volume as a whole: This was way too short and quick, and I'm starting to feel like things are coming too easily and the conflicts and consequences aren't dire enough. I mean, I don't want the characters to suffer needlessly but it seems like everything is lining up and working out too well. I felt there was more tension and sacrifice in Descender, is all. If you were just going to get all of the characters back together again, why even change the name of the series then? Individual issue reviews: #11 | #12 | #13 | #14 Total review score: 3.25

  4. 5 out of 5

    RG

    This is a great return to form. Two separate stories but both kind of related to the bigger picture. Previous characters return ( Love driller haha). Dustin Nguyens artwork is awesome as always. Great cliffhanger ending

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Familiar faces return in all sorts of guises as this short four issue arc brings our two disparate groups into some totally new locales. I was very surprised to learn that this was only four issues, since Ascender and Descender before it have usually been 4 or 5, but given the cliffhanger at the end of #14, it makes sense to stop where it does. My favourite thing going on here I think is the literal inner turmoil within Mother - she's a lot more complex of a villain than she first appears, and is Familiar faces return in all sorts of guises as this short four issue arc brings our two disparate groups into some totally new locales. I was very surprised to learn that this was only four issues, since Ascender and Descender before it have usually been 4 or 5, but given the cliffhanger at the end of #14, it makes sense to stop where it does. My favourite thing going on here I think is the literal inner turmoil within Mother - she's a lot more complex of a villain than she first appears, and is easily the most compelling of the new characters introduced in Ascender. And of course, Dustin Nguyen's artwork is still as lovely as ever. He can do so much with so little, and evokes some crazy emotional beats with just a few sweeps of a paintbrush. Amazing stuff.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    I feel so sorry for anyone who started Ascender without having read Descender. They must be SO lost. This volume has a lot of plots being juggled, as it reintroduces characters from Descender, extends the antagonist storyline a bit, and has two separate plots going for our two protagonist groupings (Telsa and Mila on one side, Andy and Effie on the other). There are some big moments, and one of my favorite Descender characters makes a big impression with this volume, but the story is really all o I feel so sorry for anyone who started Ascender without having read Descender. They must be SO lost. This volume has a lot of plots being juggled, as it reintroduces characters from Descender, extends the antagonist storyline a bit, and has two separate plots going for our two protagonist groupings (Telsa and Mila on one side, Andy and Effie on the other). There are some big moments, and one of my favorite Descender characters makes a big impression with this volume, but the story is really all over the place. The art style is still the highlight, but it doesn't get as many chances to shine as in previous volumes. This is definitely a bridge volume that moves the story forward, but isn't much to talk about on its own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    What an awesome book. The whole descender/ascender series has been great. My biggest complaints are that sometimes you just have to accept absurd things and the absurd explanation for them. Also while the watercolors have really grown on me over the course of this series, I often find myself wishing the art had a little more detail. Otherwise this is an awesome series from one of the best writers of graphic novels around. 5 stars. Also one thing: this isn't issues 11-15 like the description says What an awesome book. The whole descender/ascender series has been great. My biggest complaints are that sometimes you just have to accept absurd things and the absurd explanation for them. Also while the watercolors have really grown on me over the course of this series, I often find myself wishing the art had a little more detail. Otherwise this is an awesome series from one of the best writers of graphic novels around. 5 stars. Also one thing: this isn't issues 11-15 like the description says and like image normally puts out. It's only 11-14. But don't worry, it's also cheaper.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    The book description is a lie; this actually only covers issues 11-14, making this another Image release with only four chapters, grumble grumble. I know in this case it might be an issue of 2020 slowing chapters down but it still feels like a tease to have so little in a volume.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (aka WW)

    Action on several fronts as the Ascender/Descender series continues. Love the artwork, especially the watercolors. Fra! Fra!

  10. 5 out of 5

    David

    One of the best found family space operas in recent memory. Volume 3 covers Effie and Andy's daughter Mila's escape from Mother's vampires, and her ultimate reunion with the cast we've grown to love over the series. I especially enjoyed the evolution of the relationships between Driller and the wizard Mizerd, and Captain Telsa and Helda. Various first-person segments further flesh out Mizerd, Mila, and even Mother, who has to reckon with a revolt and humiliating demotion. Filled with Nguyen's fan One of the best found family space operas in recent memory. Volume 3 covers Effie and Andy's daughter Mila's escape from Mother's vampires, and her ultimate reunion with the cast we've grown to love over the series. I especially enjoyed the evolution of the relationships between Driller and the wizard Mizerd, and Captain Telsa and Helda. Various first-person segments further flesh out Mizerd, Mila, and even Mother, who has to reckon with a revolt and humiliating demotion. Filled with Nguyen's fantastic watercolors and Lemire's fast-paced plot, Ascender keeps on firing on all thrusters. There were several full-page frames in this volume where I gasped in amazement at a reveal, or the artwork. This series is not to be missed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    rfantasyreads

    The only honest drawback I can say for this volume, was that it was a lot shorter than I would have liked. Now with even more characters returning from the previous descender series, there’s nothing stopping this becoming my favourite comic of all time. Amazing art work, a fast paced and gripping story with a great mix of scifi and fantasy. All contained within a universe, that despite the limited screen time, feels much more fleshed out and vivid than many full length novels. I can’t wait to se The only honest drawback I can say for this volume, was that it was a lot shorter than I would have liked. Now with even more characters returning from the previous descender series, there’s nothing stopping this becoming my favourite comic of all time. Amazing art work, a fast paced and gripping story with a great mix of scifi and fantasy. All contained within a universe, that despite the limited screen time, feels much more fleshed out and vivid than many full length novels. I can’t wait to see what happens in volume 4, and hopefully we will get some answers to Tim-21 and possibly what the descenders might have planned for the universe next. Vampires, killer robots, magic, ancient space sentinels, and planets made up of entirely gaseous life forms, what more could you ask for in a sci-fantasy series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    This series, swoon. I just can't wait for the next volume. Space travel, robots, vampires, magic, love, and family. I just have all the feels. Series starts with Descender and continues here in Ascender. Driller is a real killer... he's my favorite killer. This series, swoon. I just can't wait for the next volume. Space travel, robots, vampires, magic, love, and family. I just have all the feels. Series starts with Descender and continues here in Ascender. Driller is a real killer... he's my favorite killer.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Pyles

    So good! Much more of a transition and I hate the cliffhanger at the end of this volume, but things are starting to "gel" for this arc and I'm here for it. Lemire leans a bit much on the deus ex machina here, but I'm willing to hold that judgment until this series is completed. So good! Much more of a transition and I hate the cliffhanger at the end of this volume, but things are starting to "gel" for this arc and I'm here for it. Lemire leans a bit much on the deus ex machina here, but I'm willing to hold that judgment until this series is completed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Buj

    Still enjoying Lemire's narrative and Nguyen's art. What a great combination, and what a strong finish to this volume! Excited to see where this goes. Still enjoying Lemire's narrative and Nguyen's art. What a great combination, and what a strong finish to this volume! Excited to see where this goes.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Richard Howlett

    This would get five stars for the art alone, but it helps that the story is also really coming together in this volume. I can't wait for volume 4 now! This would get five stars for the art alone, but it helps that the story is also really coming together in this volume. I can't wait for volume 4 now!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dani

  17. 5 out of 5

    Liz

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eric Boyd

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ian

  22. 5 out of 5

    MFCOMMAND

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  24. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

  25. 4 out of 5

    Roy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rixta

  28. 5 out of 5

    Megan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Martin

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