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Ascender, Volume 2: The Dead Sea: 01/12/21
Ascender, Volume 2: The Dead Sea by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen came out in June but I have been taking my time reading and reviewing the Descender series. Back in April when I reviewed volume 1, I did so without realizing it was a follow up.
The Dead Sea is a combination of Mila's flight across the sea with Telsa and Helda, the sudden pickle Mother finds themselves in, as well as Andy reuniting with Mila's mother. All of that is mixed together with flashbacks to the Descender series.
While the Descender series fit on the road narrative spectrum (like the majority of Lemire's works that I've read), Ascender doesn't. As a continuing of a six volume series, it feels disjointed and distracted. There are too many old characters competing for attention, thus taking away from the core of the new series: the need to protect Mila from Mother.
Book three is The Digital Maze and it released last month.