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Trees Volume 2 Paperback – October 11, 2016
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The genius of the premise is that it starts 10 years after these alien trees show up. This second volume pales in comparison to the first, as we are introduced to a new character (the very corrupt mayor-elect of NYC) and follow only one of the characters from volume 1 (Dr. Creasy, a biologist who was on site during a disaster involving a tree in the arctic). Because of the focus on just these two characters, we don't get the questions about law, ethics and social upheaval that Ellis so brilliant touched upon in the first volume.
There is an incredible moment of dialogue between Dr. Creasy and an undersecretary to the Home Secretary. That alone moved this from 2 to 3 stars.
The premise is captivating and the artwork is fantastic. These alien 'trees' are a truly unique idea, the stuff of epic dreams and nightmares. That's the good stuff.
The bad? Although it's normally desirable to keep such a narrative grounded by the human scale of the characters involved, I felt this one focused too much on a couple only somewhat interesting characters, and missed much potential for exploring the mystery and intrigue of its titular entities.
I got to the end, and almost said aloud, "That's it?" I had to actually look back through the pages to see if anything had actually happened at all. I tried to see if the plot or any of the characters had actually developed at all, other than a whole lot of talking punctuated by a couple explosions, and I'm not sure that they had.
In order to buy any further material from this series or author, I would have to be convinced that this short and uneventful second episode was an unusual lapse.
An interesting concept with good writing and clear illustrations. An intelligent plot well worth a look. A third volume follows as the plot thickens as black flowers begin to emerge.
The price of this volume is really a bargain, too. Sometimes they stick a large price tag for a little content on volume 2's once they've hooked you (I'm looking at you Low, Volume 2). Not the case here.
What else can I say? If your shelf is filling up with titles like Black Science, Descender, East of West, Lazarus, Saga, Southern Bastards, etc., just add Trees to your list. It's turning into one of the best comics I've ever read.