Trees #1

Trees #1

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Jason Howard Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 28, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 34 User Reviews: 18
8.0Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. Beginning a new science fiction graphic novel by WARREN ELLIS and JASON HOWARD.

  • 10
    GAMbIT Magazine - J. Luis May 30, 2014

    “Trees” is a beautiful book that is highlyrecommended. It's not only a great start to a series, but one of the best and most original books of the year. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Stuart Conover Jun 1, 2014

    The book ends by telling us one thing. “All this is normal”. That is what the story has told us and if humanity has proven anything, itis that we normalize anything that is around long enough. If, like me, you hadn't heard of the book or if you were on the fence, this was probably my favorite comic released this week and I highly suggest picking up a copy! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer May 27, 2014

    Trees is a comic that needs to be experienced. Don't trade wait this, buy the first issue and experience a story unlike much else out there. A quiet alien invasion is a story you never see in comics or in any kind of media for that matter. Trees is different, Trees is unique, and Trees is a tale that only Warren Ellis could make work. Add this to your haul and watch a comic story that looks to be unforgettable, come to life before your eyes. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Chase Magnett May 27, 2014

    Trees is much like the titular creatures that occupy its cover. The visible surface is intriguing enough to deserve attention, but there is so much more occurring beneath the surface and that's where readers will find value far greater than the cover price. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli May 31, 2014

    Trees is a fantastic start to what looks to be a promising series. Ellis doesn't really provide any single character to focus on. Instead he introduces the set-up of the world ten years down the road after the invasions begins. He's selling the idea before giving you someone to potentially back as a character and it works well in this issue's execution. Warren Ellis books can definitely drift into some difficult storytelling but this one is very straightforward but brings big ideas to the table. I recommend checking this comic out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker May 28, 2014

    Overall, this debut is solid, and might be the first Warren Ellis comic I'm excited to read. In one issue he's set up a mystery that's creepy and wondrous, the best of science fiction. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - Ellen Jun 3, 2014

    Trees is an intriguing new take on the alien invasion genre; its that bit harsher, that bit colder and completely outside the conventions of what we would understand contact with intelligent extra-terrestrial life to be like. But Ellis can always be counted on to play with the boundaries of expectation. This is a promising beginning to what will hopefully be an engaging, though maybe slow burning, series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson May 29, 2014

    This is a great first issue to what Ive no doubt will be a great chronicle of how humanity makes our alien visitors notice us and leave. The perspectives are so unlike one another that I can only anticipate what gloriously profound things they will all discover. Trees #1 is as solid a start as you can ask for. Pick it up and pay attention. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho May 29, 2014

    Trees #1 is light on the character development but it sets the stage for a potentially legendary series. This series is clearly about the bigger picture as seen by the broad scope of the first issue. Fans of science fiction or end of the world stories will undoubtedly find plenty to enjoy here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero May 30, 2014

    With so many comic titles having featured some sort of alien invasion, originality can be difficult to come by. Luckily, Ellis strikes gold on this front. Paired with the intense artwork of Jason Howard, Trees #1 is on track to be one of the hottest titles of the year. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt May 27, 2014

    This is a pretty unique take on alien invasion, and it's likewise presented with standout oversight by creators Ellis and Howard. It's refreshing to see a book about a topic so familiar feel so original and new, and it seems Image will have yet another gem in their line of high caliber creator-owned books this year. Fascinating and foreboding, Trees is book you must buy. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Kristina Poffenroth Jun 2, 2014

    Trees #1 definitely leaves the reader with a lot more questions than answers, and I am definitely looking forward to seeing where Ellis and Howard take this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake May 28, 2014

    Trees is a bold debut that offers many questions and fewer answers. The book's large scope is intriguing, made even more so when considering that much of humanity's demise is self-inflicted. Though we only get a glimpse of the assumed main players here in issue #1, Ellis and Howard appear prepped to deliver a uniquely exciting read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse May 29, 2014

    This was another great first issue of a new creator-owned series, and again I will definitely be keeping up with it as the characters are fleshed out and Ellis explores the mystery of the trees and why they are here, largely dormant and uncommunicative, and what they are going to do. I fully recommend picking this one up from your local comic book shop or online retailer with your tablet/smart phone/internet-linked cyberbrain. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 27, 2014

    I've had mixed luck over the years when it comes to Warren Ellis' work in what actually ends up working for me, but Trees starts off pretty strong for me here with what it's doing. It's following a classic structure to be sure, but it works well in doing a lot of establishment on a global situation while personalizing it well. It's also aided by Jason Howard's artwork, which is really spot on for what this kind of series wants to do in giving it a rough feeling but also textured in a way that feels earthy where it really needs it. It also gives it an unearthly feeling when it comes to the Trees themselves, especially with the waste disposal moment that we see early on. There's definitely a lot to be intrigued by here and it left me wanting a lot more to see what the real story is going to be about and what direction it wants to sink its teeth into. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Capeless Crusader - Dave Buesing May 27, 2014

    "Trees #1" intentionally leaves behind a number of questions, which feels appropriate for an opening issue. Whats the deal with the Special Cultural Zone outside the City of Shu? What happened in Lower Manhattan? Why on earth is their a police-led gun chase through the streets of Rio de Janeiro? Now if it turns out these questions remain unanswered as the book progresses, well have a real LOST-riot on our hands. In the meantime, Im very interested in finding out what Ellis and Howard have in store. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book City Podcast - Mitchell May 29, 2014

    This is definitely something that I will be adding to my pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 28, 2014

    TREES definitely falls into the and now for something different category. Warren Ellis delivers a strange alien invasion story that catches you off guard. Its hard to tell what this story will be about or where its going to go but thats the charm of the book. It allows you to relate to the characters as they are left wondering as well. Jason Howards nicely creates this new world and gives loads of detail that really fleshes everything out. I may not know where this story is going to go but Im definitely hooked. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - King Oct 31, 2014

    Although more of a mystery in my eyes, if someone wanted to deem this a “horror comic” I can completely understand, but the beauty here is that the true horror of the “Trees” is much more subtle and “Lovecraftian” in nature. From even this introduction we can tell that for whatever the Trees may be on Earth for, it most likely has very little to do with us, or at least is outside of any realm of traditional logic we as humans could hope to understand (just yet). This comics has already established itself a compelling mystery as well as plot to expand on and hopefully to offer more clarity with coming issues. That is to say, I plan to pick up this (limited) run in its entirety. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Backwards Compatible - Paul Fiander May 27, 2014

    Trees is a good first issue though many may not find enough meat in the story to really grab hold of. I do not think this is a one issue hook though, the background for the story is there we may just have to wait a few issues for the main substance to be revealed. I will be keeping an eye on this series and report back next issue to see if it is an Image series worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White May 29, 2014

    It's got some rough edges, but the strokes of this story are broad in the best possibly way, setting up an intriguing first-contact scenario that could unroll into all manner of things. For now, though, "Trees" is a visually spectacular vision of first contact that will leave you with plenty to wonder about. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez May 28, 2014

    This is comic is just a taste to massive world Ellisand Howard are attempting to create. 32 pages just arent enough or it's just enough to leave the audience drooling for more. Get on board folks this is gonna be an intense ride! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Yamini C May 28, 2014

    Like the best science fiction, Trees, even in the infancy of its debut issue, is clearly not just about creepy space men or their weird technology (though those elements are as riveting as they should be). There are obvious parallels to be drawn between here to stories like Under The Dome, which also involve alien objects wreaking havoc on Earth for reasons unknown, and which also use this underlying concept to cast a lens upon human society. But in the hands of Ellis and Howard, the concept does not feel so much derivative, as unsettling and fascinating. A clear plot has yet to show itself, but there seems to be a commitment on the story-tellers' parts to observe human beings, our relationships with each other, and with the world around us. This promises that the journey they want to take us on in Trees will likely be just as interesting as its end " whatever that may turn out to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie May 29, 2014

    There is a lot of ground Warren Ellis has to cover in this first issue, and time is short as he introduces readers to a number of different characters and plot threads in a world where massive, column-like aliens have landed on Earth. Readers don't get enough about these characters to be fully invested in them yet, but there is enough to pique one's curiosity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin May 27, 2014

    Trees gets off to a fantastic start as though there are many unanswered questions the premise itself is captivating enough to have me hooked. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 28, 2014

    "Trees" #1 is a strong debut, and between this and "Moon Knight" it's great to see Ellis not just writing comics, but writing excellent comics. In interviews it's been stated that "Trees" will have an initial story arc of eight issues or so, but that it could run for quite some time if all goes well. Based on the first issue, let's hope so. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Alison Berry May 28, 2014

    This almost felt like a zero issue, more than an issue 1, and that isnt necessarily a bad thing. The direction is still unclear. Ellis has commented that the first arc of the story will be 8 issues, meaning this is going to be a more decompressed type of narrative. If you were expecting the shock and awe of Vertigo Ellis, you will be underwhelmed. This is probably the kind of book that will take a couple issues to really get its hooks in. However, Ellis doesnt write bad stories, and its clear that he and Howard have a unique story to tell with Trees, if readers are patient and watch carefully. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Jun 2, 2014

    Jason Howard delivers lively and energetic artwork over an Ellis story that is cold and calculated. With the patterned plot of a world changed by the extraordinary, Ellis is creating the prototypical #1 issue of an Ellis series. The names, faces and events have been changed but the by-the-numbers approach to the story leaves little room for any surprises or delight in a first issue. Full of ideas, Trees #1 hints at a lot of potential for the series but they are only hints in this issue as Ellis and Howard just tease at what this series could be about. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Alamo Jun 5, 2014

    Sprinkled throughout this story, you'll find the usual fare of futuristic world building. I'm a sucker for that kind of thing, which served to further pique my interest in the book. I suspect that with this story we are in for the long haul before finding answers to the many mysteries, which means that the many loose threads introduced will ultimately be pulled together, but not too soon. I am not against this type of story telling, but I think as a stand-alone issue the overall narrative could have been tightened up. Nevertheless, this first outing was enigmatic and intriguing enough that I'll stick around a while. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido May 27, 2014

    So yes I admit this was a less than stellar review for Trees but I still liked the comic and found it interesting just not quite as narratively tight or character focused as it really needed to be. The concept, while imaginative and cool, isn't enough to sustain all these disparate unfocused parts and really needs a strong narrative for the concept to grow around. Still recommend just with the reservation to not get your hopes up too high. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Herotaku - Gerardo Lluvias Jun 1, 2014

    Trees offers something interesting for anyone looking for something different and a little unconventional. I predict that Trees will be the type of story that will likely reward patient readers who don't mind watching a mystery slowly unravel. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    8CN - Matt Overstreet May 28, 2014

    Overall, I'm hesitant tonot recommend Trees, if only because I enjoy Ellis' work so much and am fairly confident that once the series gains some momentum it could be something really intriguing and great. For now, though, the first issue really doesn't bring anything to get you hooked on. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Jun 4, 2014

    Jason Howards art here services the book well, and helps illustrate the story points while delivering a fast pace. While the pedestrian images of dialogue and interaction in small spaces demonstrate his sketch style, it was the wider shots that I most remember. Im sure there are only certain things he can reveal, but between the sketch style and the monochromatic coloring style, I found myself wondering if the panels could have been better suited with other angles. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Big Comic Page - Shane Hoffman May 27, 2014

    There wasn't much dialogue to be had, and what little there was didnt help me to understand what was happening. Sadly the narration did little to help either. The artwork was well done, and I have no major complaints on that score. Locations were detailed, and characters had their own personalities. Even with decent artwork though, this issue fell very, very flat to me. Im not even exactly sure I want to read the next installment for fear I may become even more lost as to where this story is going. Read Full Review

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