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Review: Trees #5

Trees, a new Image series from Warren Ellis and Jason Howard, has been nothing short of interesting to follow thus far. I am not just referring to the unique story about seemingly banal trees that attached themselves to Earth from outer space, causing mass hysteria, but also to the ups and downs in quality. The series started out incredibly strong, poetically pulling one in through engrossing storytelling, and then the second issue came off as rather dull, for examples. Issue #5 is a good issue with especially captivating updates on threads that focus on individuals but sometimes boring beats on the larger picture.

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The best piece of Trees continues to be the escapades of the sheepish young artist, and this issue is his best showing yet. He finds himself in a shocking situation that allows the book to expertly display the fascinating culture Ellis has developed throughout that setting. Another highlight of the issue centers upon a young woman and her attempts to learn proper combat skills, compelling for similar reasons. The old man mentoring her comes off as a great combination of creepy, noble and intelligent, offering solid characterization. The small, intimate looks at specific characters are where this book shines.

While important for forming the larger narrative at hand, the parts of this issue that instead decide to use characters as a window into bigger concepts find themselves as less enjoyable. Things get harder to understand, feeling borderline confusing at times. It all serves for the main storyline in a way that makes sense, but it just isn’t exciting either. While certainly always interesting, when there isn’t some confusion there is bound to be some boredom.

The art work is completely free of boredom, this issue providing the strongest showing since the debut. The biggest improvement found in this issue in regards to the visuals is the more interesting playing around with colors. Certain pages towards the end find themselves drenched in a certain color, making for a cooler comic to look at. As always, the scratchy, rough composition lends itself to the gloom of the situation while the slight hint of stylistic cuteness keeps things partially light and fun.

What readers are left with is a good comic that adds to an incredibly intriguing comic book. The one thing that can definitely be said of Trees is that one never knows what to expect, in terms of quality and content. This fifth issue comes out a winner, but not a gold medalist.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jason Howard
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Supreme: Blue Rose #3

Supreme: Blue Rose #3

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Tula Lotay
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL140580
Published: September 17, 2014

Ethan Crane is missing. Emergency procedures have been activated. Nothing makes sense. We are all in danger.

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Preview: The Wicked + The Divine #4

The Wicked + The Divine #4

Story By: Kieron Gillen
Art By: Jamie McKelvie
Art By: Matt Wilson
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL140590
Published: September 17, 2014

The mystery is solved. But does pop-god Lucifer like the answer? The answer is a word that rhymes with “Go”, “Blow” and “Pro”. If you think the answer rhymes with “Cow” I applaud you for your unconventional nature. It’s good to experiment. We’re experimenting with being Awesome for four issues in a row. JOIN US.

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Preview: Trees #5

Trees #5

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL140584
Published: September 17, 2014

Luca has a plan for Eligia. It is not the plan she thinks it is. She is his knife now.

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Preview: Clone #20

Clone #20

Story By: David Schulner
Story By: Aaron Ginsburg
Story By: Wade McIntyre
Art By: Juan Jose Ryp
Art By: Andy Troy
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL140537
Published: September 17, 2014

“The national clone crisis is over. The threat has been eliminated.”

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Preview: Deadly Class #7

Deadly Class #7

Story By: Rick Remender
Art By: Wes Craig
Art By: Lee Loughridge
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL140453
Published: September 17, 2014

CLASS IS BACK IN SESSION AS RICK REMENDER & WES CRAIG’S HIT SERIES ROLLS INTO ITS SECOND ARC! Narrowly escaping death in Las Vegas, Marcus and his remaining gang return to Kings Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts. But they’re about to learn a hard lesson: blood begets blood, and no bad deed goes unpunished.

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Preview: Oddly Normal #1

Oddly Normal #1

Story By: Otis Frampton
Art By: Otis Frampton
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL140443
Published: September 17, 2014

Meet Oddly Normal, a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears and green hair–a half-witch who will be the first to tell you that having a mother from a magical land called Fignation and a father from Earth doesn’t make it easy to make friends at school! On her tenth birthday, she blows out her cake’s candles and makes a disastrous wish. Now, Oddly must travel to Fignation to uncover the mystery of her parents’ disappearance.

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Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Check out the sell-outs and new printings announced this week.

BOOM! Studios

Hexed #1 from writer Michael Alan Nelson and artist Dan Mora has sold out at the distributor level. The second printing ships October 1 with a new cover by Mora.

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Dark Horse

Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1 has sold out of its first printing. Writer Paul Tobin and artist Juan Ferreyra‘s first issue will return for a second printing on October 8.

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Image

Copperhead #1, by writer Jay Faerber, artist Scott Godlewski, colorist Ron Riley, and letterer/designer Thomas Mauer is getting a second printing. The issue will return on October 8.

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Ryan Browne‘s God Hates Astronauts #1 has sold out at the distributor level. The second printing will hit shelves on October 8.

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Marvel

Marvel has announced that Dark Tower: Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner #1 has sold out at the distributor level and will return for a second printing. The comic by writers Peter David and Robin Furth with art by Piotr Kowalski returns to shelves October 8.

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Valiant

It should be no surprise that The Delinquents #1 from writers James Asmus and Fred Van Lente and artist Kano has sold out at the distributor level. The second printing will be on sale October 1. The cover is by Paolo Rivera.

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Preview: Ghosted #13

Ghosted #13

Story By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Davide Gianfelice
Art By: Miroslav Mrva
Cover By: Dan Panosian
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL140547
Published: September 10, 2014

Is New York the most evil place on earth? Where else would you expect Jackson and his new assistant to find a man selling death wishes?

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Preview: Imperial #2

Imperial #2

Story By: Steven T. Seagle
Art By: Mark Dos Santos
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL140550
Published: September 10, 2014

ALL TREMBLE BEFORE THE EVIL THAT IS METERAX AND HIS… ah, you know what? Who gives a damn? Mark’s wedding to Katie is looming and he still hasn’t learned how to fly or gotten a superhero costume yet. But it’s Imperial who gets a lesson when Mark teaches him how to make s’mores: Jab it–Heat it–Stack it–Squish it. Now that’s worth saving the world for.

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