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Review: Trees: Three Fates #1

Trees: Three Fates #1

There’s not a whole lot I remember about Warren Ellis and Jason Howard‘s Trees. There’s big giant structures from space that landed on Earth but that was about it. Trees: Three Fates #1 is set in that world and while the first issue is interesting it could stand on its own.

The setting is one of the more intriguing things about this debut issue. There’s the alien structures but also that it takes place in a remote Russian village of Toska. But settings are different but so far don’t stand out as vital. On its own, Trees: Three Fates #1 is a solid start to a whodunnit set in a remote town. What’s interesting is the location becomes a bit of a distraction as I found myself wondering why it all matters to the story.

And the story? A body is found at the base of a Tree and the question is who is the individual and who killed them? It’s pretty simple but the cast of characters is what makes the comic stand out. While none are “character of the year” material, they all have their quirks and small details that adds depth. There’s clear thought as to what’s presented, said, and shown.

Some of those details are in Howard’s art. Along with Dee Cunniffe‘s colors, the town feels rundown and isolated and a bit behind the times. Despite cell phones there’s a shortage of diesel and even with solar power an animal’s sleeping habit can cause issues. The mix of the dialogue and art paint an interesting location and town.

Trees: Three Fates #1 is a solid read that can be enjoyed even if unfamiliar with the world of Trees. It’s a basic murder mystery with a unique location and setting but it’s the details and characters that make it stand out.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jason Howard
Color: Dee Cunniffe Letters: Fonografiks
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation:
Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Warren Ellis and Jason Howard’s Trees Returns with “Three Fates” this September

Image Comics has revealed interior pages from the upcoming return of bestselling science-fiction series, Trees, by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard and in stores this September. 

The five-issue story arc, “Three Fates“, is set in the remote Russian village of Toska. There’s a dead body by the leg of the Tree that landed eleven years ago. Police sergeant Klara Voranova, still haunted by that day, has no idea how this murder will change everything—nor what awaits her in the Tree’s shadow.

Trees: Three Fates #1 (Diamond Code JUL190094) hits stores on Wednesday, September 11. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, August 19.

Trees: Three Fates #1

Warren Ellis says “Wildcats isn’t coming out”

Wildcats

In May, DC Comics announced a new Wildcats series written by Warren Ellis and featuring art by Ramon Villalobos, and color by Tamra Bonvillain. Now, that project “isn’t coming out” according to Ellis.

The series solicitations were recently canceled leading speculation of a delay but Ellis in his most recent newsletter writes something a bit more dire with blame seeming to focus on Villalobos’ schedule and missed deadlines.

From the newsletter:

Oh. yeah.  WILDCATS isn’t coming out.  There is hope that it will be resolicited at a later date, but, for right now, it’s cancelled.  As you know, I was two scripts into it, with chunks of other parts done and a full and lengthy treatment for six issues, so it’s kind of frustrating for me too. (RIP my bills.)  But, here’s DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee:

So there’s hope for the future of the title.  Maybe someone will want to draw my tired old man shit, who knows.

Villalobos Tweeted:

So, there’s hope we’ll eventually see the series with the original creative team attached. Better than a few issues out and long delays between issues.

DC Announces The Batman’s Grave from Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch

Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch reunite this fall for The Batman’s Grave, a twelve-issue monthly DC maxi-series about life, death and the questions most are too afraid to ask. The team that brought us The Authority now turn their talents towards The World’s Greatest Detective, whose current case forces him to inhabit the mind of a murder victim with a half-eaten face—without filling the empty grave next to those of his parents. 

But first, Ellis and Hitch get into the mind of a butler. Once a week, rain or shine, Alfred Pennyworth walks to a little cemetery plot in the Wayne Manor grounds. He meticulously tends to Thomas and Martha’s headstones, plinths and slabs: weeding, cleaning, polishing. But how much longer before there’s another Wayne memorial to tend to? 

Within this dynamic duo’s new comic lives a Batman with an almost psychotic identification with murder victims. He immerses himself in their lives and obsesses over every detail of their deaths. Even as Batman would process the evidence and approach the perpetrator from one side, he would live inside the life of the victim as they approached their death.

The Batman’s Grave #1, written by Warren Ellis with art by Bryan Hitch and Kevin Nowlan, debuts in comic book stores and online retailers on Wednesday, October 9 with a cover by Hitch and a variant cover by JeeHyung Lee.

The Batman’s Grave #1

Preview: The Wild Storm #24

The Wild Storm #24

(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jon Davis-Hunt
RATED T+
FINAL ISSUE
In Shops: Jul 03, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The final issue. The final act. IO has betrayed the world, and Skywatch wants to burn it. The only people in the middle are Jenny Mei Sparks’ ragtag team of wounded orphans of the secret world. The storm has hit. This is how it ends.

The Wild Storm #24

Preview: The Wild Storm #23

The Wild Storm #23

(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jon Davis-Hunt
In Shops: May 29, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The storm of accidents, deaths, mistakes, confusion and anger has led to this. Miles Craven has lost his grip and Henry Bendix has lost his mind. Angie Spica’s journey is ending. And so is life on Earth.

Warren Ellis, Ramon Villalobos, and Tamra Bonvillain Team for Wildcats

Wildcats are back this August! Warren Ellis, artist Ramon Villalobos, and colorist Tamra Bonvillain team up for a new action-packed era. Ellis continues his reintroduction of the Wildstorm Universe and is taking the covert team on an all-new adventure in a six-issue miniseries. The first issue is out August 28.

“Saving the human race from the human race.”

-Warren Ellis

That’s the concept Ellis is working with as he puts together a team made up of people who have seen the worst in everybody and everything and yet still put themselves in jeopardy to do the right thing.

From the pages of The Wild Storm, the piratical covert team are here to stop humanity from destroying itself. The black-ops team features Grifter, Savant, John Colt, and Adrianna Tereshkova. They have discovered that the secret space program Skywatch has been performing medical experiments on abducted innocents for decades. Now, one of those experiments is about to explode—revealing a new threat and level of danger that no one could have prepared for. The covert team may have thought the world was strange before, but they had no idea. The stakes might just be too high!

Wildcats from Ellis and Villalobos builds on Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt’s 24-issue series The Wild Storm. That series debuted in 2016. The miniseries will channel the same breakneck energy and imagination, creating a thrilling new story for fans of WildStorm.

Wildcats #1 Main Cover by Jim Cheung and Tomeu Morey
Main Cover by Jim Cheung and Tomeu Morey
Wildcats #1 Variant Cover by Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn
Variant Cover by Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn

Preview: The Wild Storm #22

The Wild Storm #22

(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jon Davis-Hunt
In Shops: Apr 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“The Sparks has the authority.” Jenny Mei Sparks has assembled a group of misfits and exiles, to stand against a corruption that covers the world and orbits above it. The problem? She’s probably too late. The endgame for a free Earth is in motion.

The Wild Storm #22

Review: Cemetery Beach #1

Cemetery Beach #1

One of the most intriguing series I have ever watched was The Prisoner. For those uninitiated, it is about a man who resigns from his job, and is knocked unconscious. When he wakes, he’s in an exact replica of his apartment in London, but he is no longer in London. He’s been transported elsewhere, to a place where every move he makes is monitored, and his place in a town called The Village where its population, on the surface, look like happy normal people, that is until you realize everyone that lives there, is not of their volition.  The show only intensifies after that, blending different genres, making more than palpable but scintillating, a true masterpiece of storytelling.

It would be remade once again in 2009 with some interesting revisions to the source material. The eeriness that haunted the series was ever present. As many shows since then has sought to replicate that edgy atmosphere and degree of mystery throughout its plot. As very few creators can take a similar concept and make it even better? Warren Ellis is one of them as he and Jason Howard have crafted a thriller set on a colony in Cemetery Beach, one where the protagonists can lose their lives at any point.

We meet Michael Blackburn, a professional pathfinder, who has stripped naked and being interrogated as to how he ended up on Cemetery Beach, as he eventually kills the interrogator and finds his way out.  He soon realizes he doesn’t know his way out, which is when we meet, Grace Moody, a disaffected young murderess, who may spell trouble for Michael, more than he knows. As they escape, they board a transport ship under fire from the prison guards, leading it to crash and for Michael and Grace to find alternate means to escape. By issue’s end, their actions have caught the attention of the leader of prison planet, who is keen on not anyone knowing what is really going on in the planet.

Overall, an action-packed debut that feels like a rollercoaster and blows the doors off of everything literally. The story by Ellis, is funny, well developed and pulse pounding. The art by Howard is beautiful. Altogether, a great introduction to a world that looks familiar but is nothing like anyone has ever seen.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jason Howard
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Detective Comics #1000

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 COMIC REVIEW – HAPPY 80 YEARS BATS!

As part of DC’s year-long global celebration of Batman’s 80th anniversary, DC is publishing a momentous 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS—the series that introduced the world’s most popular Super Hero and the title from which the DC brand was born. This must-have collector’s item debuts March 27, 2019 and includes all-new stories plus a wraparound cover from the powerhouse art team of fan-favorite artist Jim Lee, inker Scott Williams and colorist Alex Sinclair.

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 is highlighted by an original story from the team of writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Doug Mahnke that not only launches a new story arc but introduces a new version of the Arkham Knight to DC comics canon. Tomasi is no stranger to this character, having written his video game origins in 2015’s BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT – GENESIS miniseries.

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 also features a two-page spread spotlighting the current state of the Batman universe by Jason Fabok, plus a treasure trove of original stories from a who’s who of comic writers and artists, all honoring the milestone anniversary of The World’s Greatest Detective.

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