web site hit counter Ascender, Vol. 3: The Digital Mage - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

Ascender, Vol. 3: The Digital Mage

Availability: Ready to download

"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


Compare

"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. 4 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    I couldn't be bothered to go back and check, but it felt like all four issues collected here ended on the same kind of cliffhanger - reintroducing an old character unseen till now in the series. Bit lazy and predictable, that. I couldn't be bothered to go back and check, but it felt like all four issues collected here ended on the same kind of cliffhanger - reintroducing an old character unseen till now in the series. Bit lazy and predictable, that.

  6. 4 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

  7. 4 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

    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.

  9. 4 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Another amazing installment in this series. But where is the next one?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sussu

    We're finally getting back on track! Much better than volume 2. We're finally getting back on track! Much better than volume 2.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Josh Brynildsen

    A suitable continuation of the of the tale of Andy, Tim-21, and the gang with perpetually lovely art by Dustin Nguyen. This time with space vampires.

  14. 4 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    SarahKat

    I can't believe I'm caught up. That never happens to me with graphic novels and now I have to WAIT?! (view spoiler)[I am very glad that Effie came back to life. Her tech defeated the vamp virus! Mother is becoming... not mother? Her sister seems to be sort of in charge of her now. And they are trying to find the source of magic, which is apparently Tim-21! Telsa and company makes it Phages, the ghost planet, where Quon is. He's not like, a robot with a hologram of his human self on top. Weird. He f I can't believe I'm caught up. That never happens to me with graphic novels and now I have to WAIT?! (view spoiler)[I am very glad that Effie came back to life. Her tech defeated the vamp virus! Mother is becoming... not mother? Her sister seems to be sort of in charge of her now. And they are trying to find the source of magic, which is apparently Tim-21! Telsa and company makes it Phages, the ghost planet, where Quon is. He's not like, a robot with a hologram of his human self on top. Weird. He fixes Bandit's map and it opens a portal thing to Dirishu-6 where Tim-21 is. Woo! Oh and Kanto and his group are under some tech shield. Effie and Andy are there now. (hide spoiler)]

  17. 4 out of 5

    George

    Business really starts to pick up in Ascender as we finally have most of the group from Descender back together. You could tell from the very beginning that Lemire and Nguyen wanted everyone back, but with ten years having passed and so much having happened since the final Descender issue obviously they needed time to catch up with everyone, and the slow reveal of characters works pretty well, even if it's been a while since you read Descender. Plus it gives them enough time to establish new cha Business really starts to pick up in Ascender as we finally have most of the group from Descender back together. You could tell from the very beginning that Lemire and Nguyen wanted everyone back, but with ten years having passed and so much having happened since the final Descender issue obviously they needed time to catch up with everyone, and the slow reveal of characters works pretty well, even if it's been a while since you read Descender. Plus it gives them enough time to establish new characters and stories so that it doesn't *just* feel like a continuation of a comic that already had an ending. I think all of that is really well-balanced in these issues.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katie Florida

    This story is wonderful. Jeff Lemire seems to thrive in the weird and uncanny. I don't recall another of his stories with a set of characters that has gripped me this much. Usually with his stuff I'm in it for the plot and wonder what weird twist is ahead. This time, I really care about these ragtag humans and bots and in-betweens and I don't care whst twists the story takes, I just want it to lead to victory and peace and reunion for these folks. ADDITIONALLY I cannot get enough of Dustin Nguyen This story is wonderful. Jeff Lemire seems to thrive in the weird and uncanny. I don't recall another of his stories with a set of characters that has gripped me this much. Usually with his stuff I'm in it for the plot and wonder what weird twist is ahead. This time, I really care about these ragtag humans and bots and in-betweens and I don't care whst twists the story takes, I just want it to lead to victory and peace and reunion for these folks. ADDITIONALLY I cannot get enough of Dustin Nguyen's art. It is gorgeous and perfectly suited to this epic. 😍

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Ranger

    This was an extremely exciting addition to the series. The action was simply non-stop. Mixed in, of course, was some palpable character development. The script at the end was both an interesting and enlightening sneak-peak into the process of creating a graphic novel. I highly recommend this title, this series, and any graphic novel of which Jeff Lemire has a part -- I've loved all of the ones I've read so far. Pick this book up, put everything else down, and enjoy the ride! This was an extremely exciting addition to the series. The action was simply non-stop. Mixed in, of course, was some palpable character development. The script at the end was both an interesting and enlightening sneak-peak into the process of creating a graphic novel. I highly recommend this title, this series, and any graphic novel of which Jeff Lemire has a part -- I've loved all of the ones I've read so far. Pick this book up, put everything else down, and enjoy the ride!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    I continually cannot believe how well this series maintains the narrative of Descender while operating within a newish world and different roles for its characters. I'm delighted by each return and it never holds too long. It's forever had the patience and respect for good storytelling. Plus, I'm pretty fascinated by the strength of its incorporation of magic into its decidedly sci-fi realm. I continually cannot believe how well this series maintains the narrative of Descender while operating within a newish world and different roles for its characters. I'm delighted by each return and it never holds too long. It's forever had the patience and respect for good storytelling. Plus, I'm pretty fascinated by the strength of its incorporation of magic into its decidedly sci-fi realm.

  21. 5 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.

  22. 4 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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Doug Peters

    I like this world and this was my favorite installation so far of Ascender. Things are clipping along quickly, which I appreciate over the "let's see how many issues/pages/panels we can stretch an arc into" The art is awesome, as always. I like this world and this was my favorite installation so far of Ascender. Things are clipping along quickly, which I appreciate over the "let's see how many issues/pages/panels we can stretch an arc into" The art is awesome, as always.

  24. 5 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    To quote Tom Petty, "The waiting is the hardest part," and waiting for volume four to drop is going to suck. Ascender delivers the goods! To quote Tom Petty, "The waiting is the hardest part," and waiting for volume four to drop is going to suck. Ascender delivers the goods!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    This book flew bye, looking back not too much happened. Wish it was a bit longer but the ending! Cannot wait for next one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Scottie Draughon

    I continue to love this series. The art, the storytelling, all of it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Scott Gregory

    sketch-y watercolors. not exactly killer writing on the dialogue level. but I come back to it, enjoying the art and the story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brianda

    Really starting to feel like a continuation of the Descender series in the last two volumes, although I would love the new characters to be fleshed out as much as the old ones were!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I enjoyed yet another good installment in this series. The watercolor art is fantastic.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.