Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Trees vol.3: Three Fates

Warren Ellis
Jason Howard
Image Comics

The acclaimed TREES series, currently being adapted for television, returns with a brand new story of murder and ghosts.
In the remote Russian village of Toska, there's a dead body by the leg of the Tree that landed eleven years ago. Police sergeant Klara Voranova, still haunted by that day, has no idea how this murder will change everything, nor what awaits her in the Tree's shadow.

And so with this low key third act Warren Ellis' 'Trees' comes to a close, for now at least.

Set in a world caught between apocalypses these have been some of the stories of those people who are rebuilding their lives in the shadows cast by the Trees, monolithic and enigmatic alien craft that arrived on Earth .

As with the other two the Tree itself is almost irrelevant to the story possibly playing an enigmatic game of it's own whilst the little humans scuttle about around it's feet.  'Three Fates' is perhaps the most complete story told over the course of the three volumes; a murder mystery in the arse end of Russia filled with petty crime, murder and ghosts and it's the kind of lovely human tale that Warren does so well.

So, my hopes are that Image realise how good this concept is and keep it on their books.  Maybe open the world up and we see other writers take on this world on hiatus as happened with Garth Ennis' 'Crossed', that Ellis and Howard return to the world every couple of years and give us another mini series fix like this or we get an Ellis Trees novel - which personally I'd love - or we walk away whistling a jaunty tune and leave this world suspended in amber whilst we are left to our own imaginings.  I personally don't mind any which way and I'm happy with what we have although I really would like to know where Doctor Creasy's and Zhen's stories take them.

Buy it here - Trees Volume 3

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