sA comiXologist Recommends:
Madeleine Lloyd-Davies recommends Trees #1
If you’ve read Planetary or Transmetropolitan, all I need to say is—Warren Ellis is writing a new Image series. Go and read it.
Trees tells the story of Earth’s first encounter with aliens, but it’s different from any other alien comic out there. Rather than coming to Earth to attack us, or give us knowledge, or even interact with us at all, the aliens are completely indifferent to our presence. How embarrassing for us! Writers generally imagine that we’d be very important to aliens in one way or another, but Ellis assumes that we’re of even less interest than another planet’s single-cell organisms would be to us.
I’m also excited about Jason Howard’s illustrations of these alien visitors (the titular “trees”). It has always been a pet peeve of mine that science fiction has so frequently decided that our basic bodily structure makes sense for life elsewhere—eyes, mouths, audible communication—I’m always impressed when someone can come up with something that isn’t recognizable as human.
In this issue, we’re introduced to a few key players for the upcoming story, and we get background on the original “invasion,” which happened ten years ago. I’m excited to learn more about these aliens, although I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a while before that happens. If you are interested in alien invasion stories, I would definitely give this series a shot.
[Pick up Trees #1 here!]
For fans of: sci-fi
Madeleine Lloyd-Davies, comiXology’s Production Director, has wanted to work in the comics industry since she was seven years old, sitting cross-legged on the floor in CVS and reading Jughead comics.