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Warren Ellis and Jason Howard Have a Weird Alien Relationship

Written by Luke Anthony on Sunday, May 25 2014 and posted in Reviews

Warren Ellis and Jason Howard Have a Weird Alien Relationship

Review of Trees, Issue 1

Source: Image Comics

A new angle of the classic alien invasion story, Trees, centers around the decade after a subtle alien takeover wherein (not a spoiler) massive trees enact their “silent pressure” on the world. But what’s really happening is a silent pressure to get us to buy things. The new series from Image, written by Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Planetary), and illustrated by Jason Howard (The Astounding Wolf-Man, Super Dinosaur), looks like it’s going to be another classic. Of course it is, because they’ve worked together before (Scatterlands). 
How am I supposed to not buy this? It’s Warren Ellis, returning to an artist he likes to work with for his own reasons and agendas? You’re supposed to have an artist that doesn’t meet deadlines, work for an editor that wants to dissect the story past discernable truths, then sell it at a price I refuse to pay. Now Ellis and Howard have me wanting to get yet another series. Come on, Image, these weird relationships need to stop. 
The first issue opens up to mainly what you read in the synopsis in the first few pages, and expands to set up a few characters. The first is a politician who must take his political stance on the silent overlords who “did not recognize us (humans) as intelligent or alive” in order to influence his undoubtedly impending campaign.
Another is a young adult who moves closer to where all the action is after growing up in yet-to-be-disclosed undesirable scenario.
The last would be a scientist who finds out a few interesting things about the aliens, and he seems to be one of the good guys without spoiling anything.
The Trees are weird. They just sit there, some emitting a green ooze, dumping waste into some well-populated areas. I’m very curious to see what direction these hyper-intelligent species go. It being written by Ellis, I feel confident it won’t be a let down. Much is set up in issue 1 that leaves you wanting to read on, so this will be an excellent collector’s issue, better purchased in the TPB collection if you want the meat of the story collected together. 
Image and Oni are my two favorite publishers at the moment because they keep cranking out stuff like this. Image has the upper-hand when it comes to power names like Ellis, but both are pioneering new directions for comics, and I can’t commend them enough for it.


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When Luke isn't writing reviews, he's writing manuals (occupation), original comics (vocation), children's books, or music (recreation). As a lover of all things high-concept, sci-fi, and/or philosophical, comics found their way into his life only a few years ago, at the ripe age of 26. It was V for Vendetta & Watchmen that led to his pathological media consumption rebirth of 2012. Ever since then, he found himself happier, more child-like, a tad bit smarter, and a much better liar. True to Outhouser gospel, he believes humor, like water, must be present in all things. If it's not, it's too dry & sucks the life out. Sarcasm, the salty demeanor of the South, frightened this idealist in youth, but is now the occasional spice used in his well seasoned personality. He sold all he had to leave his old world behind (cars, house, belongings) & become a full-time traveler across the US of A, a decision that altered his inner world as much as his outer one. If it has humor, depth, spiritual significance, and/or technicality and in that order, then consider it on this briny dude's shelf and up for review. Favorite on-going series include Black Science and Saga. This light, but deep fellow can be found on Facebook and/or Twitter.

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