With a trade’s worth of exposition behind us, Trees #7 ups both the ante and the pace. The figurative canvas has been set up and the background has been painted. Now it is finally time for Warren Ellis to pick up the paint brush and fill in the details that matter so much.
What we see in issue #7 is nothing short of phenomenal. To say that this is great storytelling would be a disservice to both of our creators. While Ellis weaves a complex world and sets up the chess pieces, Jason Howard gives us pages full of beautiful detail and breathtaking imagery. This team has done it’s job over the previous six issues and is only gaining steam. Being a fan of this book is exciting.
As far as the story goes, we are finally going to see things hit the fan around the world. There are many protagonists and locations in this story to follow, and each of them has been wonderfully fleshed out. As I mentioned above, the chess pieces are set up and now it is finally time that those very pieces are going to be moved across the board. Things are happening with each character that have been led up to for a long time. It’s great to see all this setup come to a head. Additionally, we finally get more information on the Trees after they have been mostly ignored as a subject in favor for character building. And that’s not a bad thing. The characters in this story are interesting and diverse. I want to know more about each of these people.
After reading this issue, I cannot wait to get my hands on the next. The wait is going to be hard, but I know it’s going to be worth it.