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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: 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: Trees #4

Trees #4

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Cover By: Jason Howard
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUN140584
Published: August 20, 2014

Chenglei is starting to find himself in Shu, the Chinese city built under a Tree: but things are starting to find him, too. There’s a storm coming, and the pressure is starting to be felt all over the world.

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Preview: Supreme Blue Rose #2

Supreme Blue Rose #2

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Tula Totay
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUN140581
Published: August 20, 2014

Diana Dane is being transported by Darius Dax in the hunt for the mysterious Ethan Crane. It’s a car ride that takes her a lot further than she expects: out into the nature of the universe itself.

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SDCC Image Expo 2014: Image Announces 12 New Series

Image_Comics_logo_largeImage Comics to kick off San Diego Comic-Con held a special Image Expo where they announced a dozen new series!

Check out below for a complete listing and some art from the series.

Rick Remender and Sean Gordon Murphy’s TOKYO GHOST:

TOKYO GHOST welcomes readers to the isles of New Los Angeles, 2189. Humanity has become nothing more than a sea of consumers, ravenous and starving wolves, sick from toxic contamination, who have to borrow, beg, and steal for the funds to buy, buy, buy their next digital fix. Getting a thrill, a distraction from reality, is the only thing left to live for. Entertainment is the biggest industry, the drug everyone needs, and gangsters run it all. And who do these gangsters turn to when they need the “law” enforced? Led Dent and Debbie Decay, constables of the law, which is a nice way to say “brutal killing machines.” The duo are about to be presented with an assignment that will force them out of the decay of LA and into the mysterious lost nation of Tokyo.

Marian Churchland, Claire Gibson, and Sloane Leong’s FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS:

Set in the isolated country of Akhara, rival houses face off in the struggle for political power and military security in FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS. Three unlikely figures—a lord’s daughter, a disgraced knight, and a runaway thief—will change the fate of their world, but the only hope of peace may lie with the mystery shrouded goblins and witches, and the ancient powers they command.

Joe Casey and Paul Maybury’s VALHALLA MAD:

VALHALLA MAD introduces a set of brand new characters: the Glorious Knox, Greghorn the Battlebjorn and Jhago the Irritator. The series depicts this

particular trio of fun-loving gods’ return to Earth—Manhattan, specifically—to drink and party and revel in their resplendent godhood after many decades of being away. Needless to say, they find a very different world than the one they last visited.

John Arcudi and James Harren’s RUMBLE:

RUMBLE is a strange book, that’s for sure—like a scarecrow-Conan fighting in a Louis C.K. TV show directed by David Fincher—with a supporting cast of odd characters, many of whom aren’t even human.

Ray Fawkes’ INTERSECT:

Bodies shift and merge, warring with themselves. Blood rains from the skies. A child’s song is translated into toxic, thought-destroying whispers. Everything is changing. Everything is wrong. This is the world of INTERSECT.

Tom Neely and Keenan Marshall Keller’s THE HUMANS:

Apart, they are nothing… deemed by society as outcasts, misfits, losers, no good punks! But together, they are THE HUMANS! Follow Bobby, Johnny, and all The HUMANS as they fight and fly down the road to oblivion on a ride filled with chains, sex, leather, denim, hair, blood, bananas and chrome.

Gabriel Hardman’s KINSKI and Hardman and Corinna Bechko’s INVISIBLE REPUBLIC:

KINSKI, previously a digital-only collection, both written and drawn by Hardman, promises to be a quirky crime thriller about Joe, a down-on-his-luck salesman who finds a cute puppy. The thing is, this puppy already has a home. What starts as a simple rescue mission from neglectful owners quickly escalates into a righteous crusade. Hardman announced a second project to be executed with frequent collaborator Bechko (HEATHENTOWN, Savage Hulk, Star Wars: Legacy). Described as a gritty sci-fi series, INVISIBLE REPUBLIC explores the secret history of one man’s rise to power after an unspeakable act of violence elevates him to folk-hero status on a war-torn planet seeking independence.

Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger’s SOUTHERN CROSS:

Now boarding: SOUTHERN CROSS, tanker flight 73 to Titan. Alex Braith is on board retracing her sister’s steps to the refinery moon, hoping to collect her remains and find some answers. The questions keep coming though—How did her sister die? Where did her cabin mate disappear to? Who is that creep across the hall? And why does she always feel like she’s being watched?

Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s DESCENDER:

DESCENDER will explore one young robot’s struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet.

Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein’s DRIFTER:

Mankind’s colonization of the galaxy has left countless planets mined bare and lifeless in DRIFTER. A space transport crashes onto a backwater world whose unique properties set the stage for a story that combines the dark wonder of a strange and alien landscape with the struggles of an abandoned and lawless frontier town.

Kurt Busiek and Ben Dewey’s TOOTH AND CLAW:

In TOOTH AND CLAW, a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary champion back through time to save the world, with disastrous consequences. Swords, sorcery, animal-wizards, gods, empires, golems of radioactive decay, crystalline badlands, con women, ancient armories, young love, mystery, blood and death and treachery and destiny…TOOTH AND CLAW is an epic story you won’t want to miss out on.

Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey’s INJECTION:

INJECTION explores how loud and strange the world is becoming, and the sense that it’s all bubbling into chaos—a chaos poised to become the Next New Normal—and that we did this to ourselves without thinking for a second about how we were ever going to live inside it.

Preview: Trees #3

Trees #3

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Cover By: Jason Howard
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140739
Published: July 23, 2014

Eligia, girlfriend and decoration to the local fascist gang leader, hunts the streets of Cefalu for the old man who pulled the knife on her. What she finds will either kill her dead or cure her heart…or both.

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Preview: Supreme: Blue Rose #1

Supreme: Blue Rose #1

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Tula Lotay
Cover By: Tula Lotay
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140571
Published: July 23, 2014

You are not dreaming. We are trying to communicate with you. Local reality has been reinstalled. Things have gone wrong. The revision has corrupted. Finding Ethan Crane is your supreme priority. We are speaking to you from the ultimate bunker within the structure of multiversal time. Do not trust Darius Dax. We are all going to die. SUPREME: BLUE ROSE. Re-introducing the central Image Comics character, with WARREN ELLIS and TULA LOTAY.

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Preview: A fresh spin on the alien invasion story in Trees

Bestselling writer Warren Ellis and Jason Howard continue the unnerving alien-invasion hit series in the third issue of Trees. Fraught with suspense and foreboding, Trees explores a future after tree-like aliens have planted themselves without regard for humanity leaving the government scrambling to navigate the implications of an impending takeover.

In Trees #3, Eligia, girlfriend and decoration to the local fascist gang leader, hunts the streets of Cefalu for the old man who pulled the knife on her. What she finds will either kill her dead or cure her heart… or both.

Trees #3 arrives in stores on 7/23, and will be available for $2.99. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140739. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is 6/30.

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Preview: Trees #2

Trees #2

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Cover By: Jason Howard
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR140611
Published: June 25, 2014

An Arctic research station. An Italian coastal town with an occult legacy. A new city in China. The future is being written in these places, in the shadow of a strange alien invasion that has become a historical mystery.

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