Thursday, January 14, 2016

Trees - Issue 1 - Comic Book Review

Trees - #1 - Image
Written By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard

Present day, the aliens have landed and taken residence on Earth. The invasion began 10 years ago and everyone is figuring out ways to survive on the planet. Across the globe these “Trees” have started eliminating the human population and a group of scientists are trying to figure out how. A youthful, sheltered, new artist has relocated to draw daily life as it now exists. Finally, a rich  New Yorker seeks the mayorship to achieve his own goals for his city, post invasion. 

This issue was written so well. The pacing between introductions of characters, back stories and goals felt fluid and natural. The story just rolls from one introduction to the next and provides enough details and information to establish what is happening and how it’s impacting the individuals in this story. This was such a delight to read and it’s engaging characters and their motives left a suspenseful finale for each introduction. We don’t know what the future holds for these folks but I’m looking forward to reading more.

The art in this issue used darker tones to create a world that is broken and in need of salvation. There’s colorful spectacles in one introduction story that fits perfectly for that character and the world he’s in too. I don’t want to say this is a dark, ominous or brooding, visual story, however it’s apparent that things are not right after the invasion. 

Overall, great first issue. Ellis and Howard covered all the bases of an introduction issue and did it well. The story doesn’t end with a big twist because each introduction has it’s own personalized conclusion that makes sense and leaves me excited for more.

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