- Series: Trees Tp (Book 1)
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics (February 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1632152703
- ISBN-13: 978-1632152701
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book promises to be a detailed, engrossing tale as it unfolds. Ellis's characters are interesting, without a lot of the stereotypes that often permeate his writing. The art from Jason Howard is unique, detailed, and eye-catching.
If you like good science fiction, get this book.
Throughout this arc we learn the stories of three different groups of people and how the trees directly or indirectly affect their lives. Relationships develop, people change, discoveries are made. At the end, we finally start to see some action and a good set-up is left to make the reader interested in upcoming issues.
Overall, this is a pretty good comic/graphic novel. I wouldn’t rush out to buy it, and I put it down and picked it up several times, but if it’s available at your local library it’s worth a shot.
I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The title is set ten years after the aliens have landed. At least, we think they’re aliens. Honestly, we’re not sure. They come from space. They are hundreds of feet tall. That stand silently upon the earth. They do nothing, they say nothing. They’re just like monolithic poles sticking up out of the ground. People call them trees.
In all the time they’ve been here, they’ve never acknowledged humanity. They’ve never moved. Nothing has ever emerged from inside one. Every so often they spill their waste on the ground where its left to destroy everything in its path. But other than that, they’ve left humanity alone.
If only that indifference were a mutual feeling.
Volume 1: In Shadow, tells the story of several characters living in a world affected by the Trees.
Tian Chenglei is a young painter from a small village who has just moved to the “special cultural zone” of an Asian city near one of the Trees. He’s unsure of the world, feeling like an alien himself, newly landed and alone. He meets up with a young transgender woman who finally, for the first time in Chenglei’s life, makes him feel like he belongs somewhere.
In Italy, Eligia’s boyfriend Tito runs a gang that keeps the town of Cefalu under its thumb until an old man offers to educate her in how the take care of herself without having to rely on the abusive Tito.
And at an arctic research station, Marsh discovers small plants growing near a Tree located by their station. His colleagues want to think it’s nothing, but Marsh knows there’s no possible way these particular flowers could be here. He studies them further and comes to the realization that they might be linked to the Tree in a more intimate way.
Originally, I was reading this series month to month as the issues came out, but I soon found it difficult to grasp from issue to issue. And then when my local shop stopped getting it, I decided to just read it collected in trade, and that really opened the story to me in a whole new way. Connections were made, arcs were revealed, and the book just took on a deeper meaning.
Ellis has never shied away from tackling difficult topics and from what I’ve read, he’s never been one to write down to his audience. TREES is no different. This isn’t some action-packed shoot-em-up with lots of chase scenes and one-liners. TREES is a serious look at some deep subjects, and all with the backdrop of this incredibly mysterious and very frightening thing always looming over the characters. He looks not just at how the people are affected by the Trees and the implication they bring with them, but also at how the world as a whole has moved since they landed.
And then there’s the climax. What a way to end the first arc. If the end to this first collection insures nothing else, it insures I’ll be getting issue #9 when it comes out, even if I have to read it digitally, because there’s no way in the world I’m waiting 8 months for another trade to see what happened next. Those last 16 pages changed every single thing Ellis had set up in the previous pages and I’m dying for more.
But let me not ignore the art by Jason Howard. I never thought I would see someone who was able to make a stick in the ground look so terrifying. Howard gives the Trees a foreboding and a presence that is somehow both grand and intimate at the same time. And while Ellis lets several pages of panels go by in a row with no dialogue, Jason Howard’s art tells the story wonderfully on its own.
I hope Howard is on the book for as long as it runs as his pencils marry so well to Ellis’s words, giving TREES a very unique look among all the other comics that come out every month.
I recommend TREES Vol. 1: In Shadow to anyone who loves a good read and isn’t afraid of a book that’s smarter than they are.
10 years ago large columns came from outer space landed on our planet. They are different sizes and groups. They are nicknamed trees, and for 10 years they have just stood silently with no indication why they are there. The story takes place in different places on the globe with different ways of approaching these strange trees. Some are artists, or scientists, or people on the fringes of their societies. An over-obsessed scientist finds strange black flowers growing near a tree in the Arctic, and they may lead to a breakthrough. Just as the story winds up again, the volume ends.
I like the premise. I liked the global aspect and the characters that were introduced. The stories don't connect at this point, but it's possible they might. Some of the fringe folks and their stories didn't seem to advance the story at this point, and I wanted to get back to what was happening with the scientists. I liked it, and I'd like to see where it's going to end up going.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.