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Warren Ellis and Jason Howard Have a Weird Alien Relationship

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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