Despite the significant delay – due to Ellis's health problems late last year – the issue's promise of the storylines to come are tantalising, picking up both on unresolved threads from the first volume and intertwining developments from this one. The writer's work of late is cumulative; what may seem sparse and frustratingly brief in a single issue develops into something much larger and more gratifying in the context of the bigger picture, and it's a welcome relief to have a key part of that puzzle in place. Read Full Review
With a delay due to some health issues last year, Trees returns and has a lot to do to really recapture the energy of what came before but is fully capable of it. While the book focuses largely on the two main stories we also get a page with Eligia and a couple of pages in China that really intrigues me with what Zhen is finding herself in as she makes her journey from Shu in order to find asylum someplace after how bad things went down there. Still, as much as I'm intrigued by all the small pieces here it's going to take some time to get back into the rhythm of the book and what it wants to do. The first thirteen issues did a lot of good things and unfurled the story in a small and engaging way so I have no fear about getting back into it. It'll just take a bit to really connect with it once again. Read Full Review
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