Descender is the comic this Saturday (no worries, I have some fluffy Sailor Moon and pretty manga covers for you the next couple of weeks). Descender is emotion wrapped in wires, and it's a great start to a space opera focused more on the existentialism of what makes something sentient.
Ten years after "Harvesters" (robots bigger than you can imagine) have pretty much decimated eight fully populated planets, a robot named TIM 21 awakes to find his mining colony in ruins, and his family missing.
He discovers that after the mass destruction of the planets, humans took to robot cullings, nearly wiping out a good bit of the AI population.
- Every character is pretty interesting. From a scheming robot scientist, to a human murdering mining droid, each character actually has something unique to add to the plot.
-Though slightly reminiscent of the movie AI, it goes into full space opera mode as soon as the pages get to turning. The only time it feels overly trope like is when TIM 21 is remembering his family, and the compassion and love he experienced with them. This is done through a flashback and isn't as necessary to the plot as the rest of the history that's explained.
-The backstory that Doctor Quon goes into towards the end of the book is more than worth the wait, and fully immerses you in where the story could be going.
M-There is a little bit of graphic violence in this one, it's nothing I wouldn't let a twelve year old read though.