Family Tree #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Phil Hester, Ryan Cody, Eric Gapstur Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 13, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 27
8.1Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

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SERIES PREMIERE! When an eight-year-old girl literally begins to transform into a tree, her single mom, troubled brother, and possibly insane grandfather embark on a bizarre and heart-wrenching odyssey across the back roads of America in a desperate search for a way to cure her horrifying transformation before it's too late.
But the farther they get from home, the more forces threaten to tear the family apart as fanatical cults, mercenaries, and tabloid Paparazzi close in, determined to destroy the girl-or use her for their own ends.
A new genre-defying series written by New York Times bestselling author JEFF LEMIRE (GIDEON FALLS, A more

  • 9.8
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Nov 12, 2019

    With a genuinely unique premise and top-tier visual storytelling, Family Tree #1 is a must-buy debut, a great start to another essential creator-owned comic in 2019. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Multiversity Comics - John Schaidler Nov 15, 2019

    Final Verdict: 9.4 Seamlessly fusing elements of slice-of-life family drama, body horror, and apocalyptic fantasy, "Family Tree" #1 meets and exceeds the hype. Easily the best book by Jeff Lemire this week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Max Funkey Oct 30, 2019

    I did not know what to expect when I signed up to review this comic. But, as a parent, it hit me a lot harder than I anticipated. The body horror and parental dread in this comic are well implemented and I can't wait to see what happens in the next issue. I recommend this for anyone who is a fan of horror, especially that of the body-horror variety. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Nov 13, 2019

    Family Tree #1 is a solid first issue, establishing the small circle of main characters and putting them in a horrific situation. The narration on the first page promises the end of the world; it will be interesting to see how the book gets from here to there. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - Lenora Pentecost Nov 16, 2019

    With its unique premise and stand-out art style, Family Tree begins an interesting journey that displays what lengths a family will go to keep one of their own safe. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Nov 13, 2019

    Jeff Lemire brings the dark and creepy in this story about a family struggling to make ends meet brought into what is nothing less than a global struggle. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Brendan Hodgdon Oct 3, 2019

    Family Tree is truly successful in its ability to boil down the stressors and conflicts of our age into a tangible, personal, surreal and spooky story. Lemire, Hester, Gapstur and Cody tap into a vein of emotion, with the sort of deeply relatable empathy and charming grit that charms you and unsettles you with equal ease. As the leaves continue to turn and you shift from the screams of the undead to the screams of your embittered relatives, Family Tree may be able to offer just the catharsis you're looking for. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cat Wyatt Nov 13, 2019

    Family Tree #1 is a dark and disturbing introduction to a unique series. One that is sure to send chills down your spine. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geek'd Out - Jim Allegro Nov 1, 2019

    Family Tree #1 is a gripping family tale of horror, mystery, and action. Check it out on November 13. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Nov 13, 2019

    This story of a young girl who grew into a tree and the subsequent collapse of society features both an exciting plot and a much more intimate portrait of how scary it is to feel alone, even as we are surrounded by others. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Daily Fandom - Katie Beste Nov 13, 2019

    With the solid base Family Tree #1 provides in our characters, I feel ready to see where their journey takes them. My questions right now are about the pot, not about trying to understand who these people are and what they want, though certainly there is more to understand about these characters. Now that the story has roots, I look forward to seeing how the Family Tree grows. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Robert Mammone Nov 16, 2019

    What you see is what you get, and Family Tree #1 is a confident opening issue that presents puzzles and mysteries for the characters and audience to solve. One of the pleasures of reading a story like this is that the readers have a sense of what is happening, and are keenly waiting to see what the protagonists make of the horrors to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Chris Coplan Nov 12, 2019

    In a career of telling these stories, Jeff Lemire arrives at something truly terrifying. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Nov 3, 2019

    The opening narrative tells of the end of the world, and Im dying to see how the coming issues unfold. Were promised shadowy mercenary groups, fanatical cults, and predatory paparazzi all chasing down eight year old Meg Hayes. If things end up being as exciting as were promised then this is going to be a new series to follow closely. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Jay Hill Nov 13, 2019

    With a story that has implications to become apocalyptic, Family Tree #1 starts off that tale with a strong base. Lemire’s family-centric storytelling lulls you in, but the promise is that horror is just around the corner. The art holds everything firmly in place with great stylistic choices by Phil Hester. The start isn’t anything groundbreaking, but the end is sure to surprise. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Nov 14, 2019

    Family Tree #1 presents a world that is ending not because of war but because of nature, as the creative team ably balances ambiance with character study. Read Full Review

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