Warren Ellis
Science Fiction
Image Comics
May 28th

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. Beginning a new science fiction graphic novel by WARREN ELLIS and JASON HOWARD.

This Week’s Comics:
Ok, so last time around I reviewed LUMBERJANES, so this time around I’m going to just review the comics I picked up for the week of 5/28 (that being the Wednesday they came out, even though I don’t get to pick them up until Thursday due to my comic shop not getting their shipments until very late).
So without further ado:

TREES #1 (Warren Ellis – Writer, Jason Howard – Artist. Published by Image Comics)
Reviewing the first issue of any series is always tough, because the first issue has to set up the world the comic inhabits. In some cases it’s not too hard a job: if it’s a first issue of a new Marvel or DC comic, you probably already have some idea of what the world the stories take place in is like. However when you’re launching a new independent series set in a near future the way Ellis and Howard are doing with TREES well… you have to set up A LOT pretty quickly.
The first page of TREES #1 actually starts with “Ten years after” and of course I don’t reveal spoilers, so I won’t say ten years after *what*. So far there hasn’t been much revealed about what the “trees” of the title really are, but it’s clearly something we’ll learn down the line. The first issue is devoted to introducing the cast of characters, though it’s hard to figure out how their stories will intercross down the line… assuming they even will.
I had a friend asking me if I would recommend TREES and it’s a tough thing. If you like Warren Ellis’s stories, you’ll no doubt enjoy this one. If you’re on the fence about Ellis, it’s hard to tell at this point because it’s just one issue in. The set up is intriguing to be sure, and as a fan of Ellis I’ll be here for the whole story I’m sure.
Art wise, Jason Howard is a solid storyteller. I can’t say I’m too familiar with his work, but I like it here. It’s a bit “scratchy” as for as styles go, so if you like more polished stuff this may not be the art style for you. Personally I think it works with the story.
I give TREES #1 a thumbs up and I’ll try to revisit it in a future review

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