Illustrated by Dustin Ngyuen
As Descender starts out, we are plopped into the middle of a gigantic sentient robots, quite a bit larger than planets, destroying hundreds of thousands of people across the United Galactic Council. Then, we flash forward ten years. Robot-kind are no longer allowed. Whole planets have dedicated themselves to the destruction of androids. Then, on a deserted mining outpost, TIM-21 suddenly reactivates. He has to piece together what happened to his brother and his mother, but he also holds the key to helping the UGC understand the giant "Harvesters" and why the wiped out so many people. Mix in some more intrigue, a planet full of robots, the possibility of "Robot Heaven," space battles, and much more, and you have yourself a seat-of-your-chair sci-fi action-adventure.
Watchmen by Alan Moore
Illustrated by Dave Gibbons
This is one of those quintessential graphic novels that everyone tells you to have in your graphic novel section. There is tons of literature out there about how great it is, how it changed the face of modern comics, how it made comics a serious genre. These are all true.
There are layers of superheroes in this story. There is a first generation of The Minutemen, and a second generation comprised of the Minutemen's children, successors, and other assorted heroes wanting to band together. It starts out with the murder of one of the original Minutemen, and the investigation of this murder by Rorschach, a member of the second iteration of Minutemen. Rorschach is an eccentric narrator to say the least, and through him we see how imperfect the world and our heroes really are. The main bulk of the story takes place several years after a government act shut down the masked vigilante gig, but that doesn't stop Rorschach from going after who he perceives as the bad guys.
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