Trees #4

Trees #4

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Jason Howard Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 20, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 7
7.4Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Chenglei is starting to find himself in Shu, the Chinese city built under a Tree: but things are starting to find him, too. There's a storm coming, and the pressure is starting to be felt all over the world.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Aug 20, 2014

    I could be wrong and even if I am it's not going to change how damn good this story is. It might end up being a story that you love or hate, but I think with some time people might see what it's doing and come around on it. I would also recommend that you take all four issues and read them back to back. I read issue two through four for this review and it wasn't like reading single issues but rather a fluid narrative. That's not to say that it's writing for the trade either, just that this story is fluid and will keep going regardless of page count. If you've lapsed on Trees give it another shot and if you're still sticking with it then hopefully my review has shed some light for you. And if you're just enjoying it as much as I am" then need I say more? Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Stuart Conover Aug 23, 2014

    The series itself is still moving slow but the character development and world we are being presented is rich with ideas and ideals. I'm beginning to think I should have waited a year for this to be collected as a trade as I truly am hating how long I have to wait in between issues to see where the stories within are going. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Aug 21, 2014

    The character work being done here is as sharp as ever, and the world that these characters inhabit are getting more and more detailed as each issue passes. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Aug 19, 2014

    Tension is bubbling under the surface of this series and I can't wait to see how it plays out. At the moment, I'll just enjoy getting to know the characters and admiring the detailed artwork that sweeps across every page. Stick with this story. Move your attention off of the trees. Forget they're there for a bit. Stop waiting for them to do something. You might end up waiting for ten years. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 31, 2014

    Trees continues to play in different areas in a very good way, though admittedly a good part of me just wants to marathon the book. And not just the issues in print but several years worth to see where this is all actually going. There's a lot to like with what's going on here and the various focuses are keeping it engaging and interesting to read as we see how each piece is doing its own thing while waiting to see how it fits into the larger narrative. Marsh's time here is probably the most interesting as we really get to know a significant piece of his personality and that helps to make him, and his story, more accessible. The writing and artwork for this book continues to hit all the right notes and leaves me very interested in a whole lot more of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - King Nov 30, 2014

    Howard astounds with several fantastic full page spreads and Ellis finally gives us more of a clue as to what the Trees are; for as slow-paced as it may seem, this is a big issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Roderick Ruth Aug 20, 2014

    There's an immediacy to typical invasion stories in science fiction, but this series decides to go the opposite direction. Instead of giving into the allure of the trees themselves, Ellis is gently coaxing you into seeing just how a direful, yet seemingly docile, alien presence can stoke the fires of varying emotions within humanity. That assuredly won't stay that way for next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekality - Gregory Thompson Aug 19, 2014

    Trees has yet to disappoint me. I want to know what those stumps are doing there, how the characters will deal with it when hell breaks loose (because lets face it, it has to at some point, right?), and what will happen to the world around them. Between Elliss storytelling and Howards art, dont miss another issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Aug 20, 2014

    Ellis and Howard successfully keep readers engaged, both with the characters, and the overall threat and deepening mystery of this extraterrestrial presence. "Trees" #4 is the latest excellent issue of an excellent series, but is also the one that pull tentative readers off the fence and into the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Aug 22, 2014

    "Trees" is a definite slow burn of a series. It's been four issues and I would not argue with someone if they were to say that nothing's happened. This might be a series that will be much easier for some to read collected, but for this issue it proves that Ellis and Howard's focus on character-driven story telling can still make for an entertaining issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Ian Bonar Aug 20, 2014

    A good issue, with excellent characters, pacing and artwork. The mystery is becoming slightly frustrating, but the world Ellis has created is still incredibly atmospheric. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Aug 20, 2014

    The last couple of pages actually offer up the first suspenseful moment in this entire book, the only time where I've ever felt like I really need to pick up the next issue. Other than that one moment, nothing really happens in this issue. Sure, it's most definitely a slow burn book, but that doesn't excuse the fact that this is the fourth issue in a row where almost nothing has happened. Trees is still readable, and it has a few elements that make up for its largest flaw. It runs the risk of feeling dull and boring, but is never quite thrown over the line, fortunately. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Matt Deery Aug 18, 2014

    Trees is an intriguing book, the slow burn of the plot may serve to put some readers off the book but, having read a lot of Ellis' work those that stick with this book will be richly rewarded with a truly great story, I just feel that we need over the next few issues we need some more information to give us hints of where the overall story is going. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    PopMatters - Steven Michael Scott Aug 25, 2014

    While I'd love to tell you that Trees is the thinking man's comic, and you're missing out big time if you're not pouring over every word of every panel, but I just can't. What initially began as a slow burn with the promise of smartly written hard scifi is steadily burning out and my interest with it. There's no rule that says a story can't exercise the brain while simultaneously engaging our emotions, and unfortunately, this offers neither. Hopefully some of the seeds that are being planted will pay off eventually, but I won't stick around to find out. I know it's called Trees and all, but does the pacing of the story have to match the growth of one? Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Sep 5, 2014

    I hate to endorse trade paperbacks, but Trees may read better as a trade. The characters seem dry as well, adding to the series' turtled-paced flow. Jason Howard's artwork is a compliment to the book; the panels are vibrant and his landscapes are something else. Trees #4 isn't a page-turner, but it still has potential to catapult into a pretty good series. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Aug 19, 2014

    Trees latest instalment proves very underwhelming, as though the concept still intrigues me, I can't recommend this issue. Read Full Review

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