Cover image for Trees, volume one. In shadow / Warren Ellis, writer ; Jason Howard, artist.
Trees, volume one. In shadow / Warren Ellis, writer ; Jason Howard, artist.
Title Variants:
In shadow

Publication Information:
Berkeley : Image Comics, 2015.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Originally published in single magazine form as Trees #1-8.
Audience/Reading Level:
Rated M/Mature.
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"For a gripping, near-futurescience-fiction tale, I highly recommend Trees ." --Kirkus

Ten years after they landed.All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earthlike trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-onehere and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there isintelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us asintelligent or alive.

Trees, a newscience fiction graphic novel by Warren Ellis ( Transmetropolitan , Red ) and Jason Howard ( Super Dinoasaur , AstoundingWolf-Man ) looks at a near-future world where life goes on in the shadows ofthe Trees: in China, where a young painter arrives in the "specialcultural zone" of a city under a Tree; in Italy, where a young woman underthe menacing protection of a fascist gang meets an old man who wants to teachher terrible skills; and in Svalbard, where a research team is discovering, byaccident, that the Trees may not be dormant after all, and the awful threat theytruly represent.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set ten years after strange alien pillars appear on Earth, this globe-spanning sci-fi tale explores the small-scale reactions to a large-scale world-changing event, and the existential dread the unknown can bring. Writer Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Red) sometimes overloads on philosophizing talking-head scenes, but ultimately he creates characters with relatable desires: to understand, to succeed, to love and be loved. For the most part, they resemble real people not always seen in sci-fi stories like this-as in a very sweet romance that shows how real life can continue even after a catastrophe. With an emphasis on place, pace, and faces, the art from Howard (Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolf-Man) is reminiscent of European sci-fi from Métal Hurlant, and the busy layouts give the feeling of a handheld, faux-doc feature. There is a scratchy realness to the illustrations and the colors convey a world both bright and worn. A fine addition to the tradition of SF that exaggerates tomorrow's problems to better paint a picture of today. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.