Title: Tress Volume 1
Author: Warren Ellis
Published: February 11th 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Length: 160 pages
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive.
Trees looks at a near-future world where life goes on in the shadows of the Trees: in China, where a young painter arrives in the “special cultural zone” of a city under a Tree; in Italy, where a young woman under the menacing protection of a fascist gang meets an old man who wants to teach her terrible skills; and in Svalbard, where a research team is discovering, by accident, that the Trees may not be dormant after all, and the awful threat they truly represent.
I don’t read a lot of graphic novels, but I’m really glad that I picked this one up.
Ten years ago, tall, black pillars landed at various points around Earth and dumped toxic waste on the surrounding areas. But ten years later, the ‘trees’ – as humans have called them – are still there, unmoving, doing nothing.
Trees Volume 1 follows several characters, all of them linked to the trees in some way. I don’t want to mention too much because I don’t want to spoil it but the ending, wow! Basically, my thought process while reading this graphic novel was something along the lines of: This is really interesting, I can’t wait to find out about the Trees. Oh dear, that’s not good, I hope they can sort that out. Holy crap! What is happening?!
Literally, the ending just grabs you unexpectedly and leaves you gasping for air, practically. I finished this and instantly went ‘where’s the next one?’. I need to find out what happens next.
The artwork is also spectacular. It has a rough edge to it that complements the story well.
Scientists, politicians, artists, gangsters – all are affected by the world around the Trees. If you love gritty graphic novels and fantasy, I’d definitely recommend picking this one up!
About the Author
Warren Ellis has written comics & graphic novels, books, journalism, animation, tv, film, videogames and anything else that looks like it might pay a bill or buy whisky.
Second novel, GUN MACHINE, due from Mulholland Books in autumn of 2012.
First non-fiction book due from FSG in 2014.
Currently a weekly columnist for VICE UK.