Published on August 19th, 2015 | by JCDoyle0
Trees #12 Review
Its politics and potential biological warfare in this month’s Trees, assuming that the Trees are maliciously wiping out large areas of the world that is.
There are two story lines to follow continuing the lives of The Mayor elect and Dr Creasy. First up is the new Mayor who has yet to take office but already is concerned about his term in power. He has an agenda but is worried about what he has done to climb the political ladder. His Chief of Staff also has doubts but as he is looking out only for himself so he’s not that bothered if the Mayor succeeds or fails.
The Mayor’s story is very dark and gloomy with the figures cast in as many shadows as their characteristics are. Double dealing and underground secrets feed this section of the narrative and even when it moves out of the office into the depths of the city the narrative is made up of mostly conversational panels full of heavy shading. A panel with a stark red background and orange shaded foreground stands out from the greys and black focusing the reader’s attention onto the sudden outburst of violence. Despite the pages of speech where the mayor relays his anger over the disaster when the Tree appeared, it is this one panel that really gives the reader insight into his hatred.
The black pages and the dark panels give the Mayor’s story a grim visual that seeps into the script, luckily Dr Creasy’s pages are vibrant and colourful. But it’s not just the Art that has a lighter tone, the script has more of a bounce with playful interactions between the characters and even a sprinkling of jokes. Fergus is a bit of a cold fish and I’m sure there’s a story there waiting to come out but for the most part the Doctor is having a good time. That is until she realises that no-one knows anything about the Blindhail poppies. She suddenly finds herself in the middle of cover ups and secrets and this does not sit well with her. She goes to see Ian, full of questions but what she learns does not bode well for the future.
Overall the story telling is still as tight as ever. The issue is split in style between the dark and the light but at the heart of each story line is a secret which threatens to destroy everything else. It’s like reading the story of the hero and the villain and there’s an air of anticipation as to when and where the two shall meet.
Warren Ellis is telling an intriguing story that is energetically illustrated by Jason Howard however, one of the things that was most enjoyable about the first arc of Trees was the scale of the story telling and the vast collection of characters who moved in this world. Today’s readers are used to following a number of different characters who don’t interact, just take a look at Game of Thrones, but there has been a shift away from that in this second arc. Judging by the final panel of this issue the central story is about to shift up in gear but here’s hoping we get to return to some of the other characters introduced in Act 1.
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Jason Howard