FROM THE PUBLISHER: THE HAUNTED GALAXY Part Three. Andy, his feisty daughter Mila, and his faithful companion Bandit flee the deadly Militia and the tranquil life they tried to forge after the events of DESCENDER—dodging Froxes, Giants, and killer Vamps all the while! Plus: revelations of what really happened to Effie, and how they ended up on this strange planet.
Last week I reviewed chapter 4 of a book called Little Bird. You should of course check that out (and the other three reviews by Cindy). It was a great issue in a limited series that is really outstanding. Now, why do I mention this here? On a review of Ascender #3? Well I’m glad you asked, or well glad I asked for you. In my review for Little Bird Chapter 4 I wrote “The flashback/dream scene with her mother and her twin brother was really heartbreaking. Seeing Little Birds mother make the choice between saving herself and one child knowing that she will leave one behind, that really hit me hard”. Like it says it hit me hard. Since I read the issue,
I have been thinking about that “scene”.
I have been going over it in my head. It’s my favorite moment from the issue. Its also the most heartbreaking. I had been thinking about it a lot and then all of a sudden, I stopped thinking about it. I stopped thinking about Little Birds mother and brother, because I had another moment to think about it, another heartbreaking moment, this one from Ascender #3. Effie, Andy and Mila on the run from Vamps, and the rule of Mother. Effie, like Little Birds mother has to make a choice, not necessarily the same choice in this case but one that is so damn hard to read and see as a parent. What Lemire and Nygeun have crafted for this issue hits me just as hard or harder than Little Bird, and these moments are what make this comic great. I can feel them; I can understand them. I can understand the choice, it’s a choice all of us would have made ourselves, but that doesn’t make it any easier. The flashback segments in this issue really are amazing and so far, my favorite issue of this series so far.
As for the here and now? Mila and her father Andy are learning to be with each other in way they have not been before. Strictly a father knows best relationship in the past, it was really cool to see Mila save her father and decide for herself what is best for the family. Mila is stronger than Andy knows. She has every part of her mother and father in her. She is not just a kid. I’ve mentioned before that she wanted adventure and to see the world outside of Sampson, well it is upon her and she is not folding. She is determined to keep her father safe at all costs. More Descender characters are making there way in to the Ascender series. I’ve still got a couple issues to catch up on of Descender, and again it really helps when the people and places that are being talked about are familiar to me.
Ascender #3 was by far my favorite of the first three issues of Ascender, and it all came down to the family and human moments. If you are reading Ascender and don’t have family or children, there is still a lot to care about. The action moments with the Vamps and Giants are still a spectacle that is quite grand. But as a father of two young children, I can really appreciate what the creators have down here.
Emmet Davis, small town Ontario, Canada, I live with my two amazing kids and lovely partner. That's one half of my life, the other? Movies, Sports, and Comics.
Preacher, Batman: Year One, Locke and Key are some of my first loves and entries into the world of Comics, but the first comic I ever owned was The Amazing Spiderman: Skating on Thin Ice #1 from February of 1993. I was six years old then. That issue blended what I grew up to love as a teen and an adult, hockey and comics, and of course not doing drugs. Still own that same copy to this day. Thanks for reading