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Review: Trees #1

Trees01_CoverTen 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.

I’ll admit I’m not the biggest fan of Warren Ellis. I find the previous comics I’ve read of his are either very hit or miss, with little in between. This debut of his new science fiction series is an absolute hit. To say it’s good, is an understatement, it’s fantastic actually.

The first issue is very much set up, introducing us to this science fiction world where giant pillars have landed, changing the areas surrounding where they’ve touched down. Other than some liquid released, nothing has happened. Intelligence life exists outside of Earth, but does it see man as intelligent? That’s the premise, and it’s fascinating. Ellis shows us the world through various short stories exploring various aspects of this phenomenon and how it’s being dealt with.

Ellis concept is enhanced through the art of Jason Howard who shows the varied locations and characters with unique looks that makes where things are taking place easily identifiable. People in different parts of the world look like they may be a part of that world, and differ from each other. It’s solid work that handles the varying cadence of Ellis’ tale. It’s a good combination of writer and artist.

Overall, this debut is solid, and might be the first Warren Ellis comic I’m excited to read. In one issue he’s set up a mystery that’s creepy and wondrous, the best of science fiction.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jason Howard
Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review