Trees, Volume 1

by Warren Ellis, Jason Howard
Digital EditionRead April 3, 2015

Original Release Date: February 24, 2015

Length: 160 pages

Official Description

Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. Trees, a new science fiction graphic novel by Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Red) and Jason Howard (Super Dinoasaur, Astounding Wolf-Man) looks at a near-future world where life goes on in the shadows of the Trees: in China, where a young painter arrives in the “special cultural zone” of a city under a Tree; in Italy, where a young woman under the menacing protection of a fascist gang meets an old man who wants to teach her terrible skills; and in Svalbard, where a research team is discovering, by accident, that the Trees may not be dormant after all, and the awful threat they truly represent.

My Take:

Well, that was fun, and also a bit frustrating. Overall, I absolutely adored this comic. It’s very intriguing, lots of background and thought put into it. The characters are lush and unique, the story is not a carbon copy of everything else. The art…the art was alright, it fit well with the story, but I didn’t drool over it or marvel over the pages. So, what else can I say? How should I describe this book, it’s a dystopian, of sorts, we have these alien beings that landed on earth 10 years prior and they have yet to make contact. They just sent these large, tree type things down on to earth and that caused chaos. We don’t see the immediate aftermath, obviously since we’re doing the 10 years prior bit, we see the world as they have, kind of, become complacent to the trees. There are several different story lines going on, so it can be confusing. The most confusing, for me, was the arctic research group. There was just a dynamic there that you can’t really connect to. You have a sense of strangeness, but  there is just a disconnect there. I have a feeling all that will be important in a later volume. My favorite story line with the transgender woman and her boyfriend. Or perhaps the old man and his protegé. There are so many vivid characters that draw you in. The trees are both major in the back and foregrounds, shaping everyone’s lives, even if they are used to seeing them.  Plus, the ending is a doosey, very unexpected, which was wonderful. I can’t wait to see what else in the future of the world of the Trees.

(I did receive this book free for an honest review)


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