What is of note is that it is written by Warren Ellis, and his following alone likely ensures the survival of this title for longer than many other creator-owned properties.
Here in issue #1 of Trees, the earth is disrupted by the sudden arrival of large pillars from the sky, "trees", as they would come to be known.
This book is divided into two distinct chronological points in time; the point at which the "trees" arrive, and 10 years after the arrival of the "trees".
So far, this is very much like many alien invasion stories. The elements that you have come to expect from this genre are all here.
- Where did the aliens come from?
- What do they want?
- Is the earth in danger?
- What are the humans doing to defend themselves and/or live peacefully with the aliens?
What we know so far. The areas where "trees" have planted themselves are either integrated into the surrounding population centers, or (as is the case in China) they are quarantined off and heavily secured by government forces.
This first issue gives an overview of events around the globe at "tree" locations, from Brazil to the United States, to China and the Antarctic. We get a brief overview of calamity that has arisen at "tree" locations, and ways in which the arrival of the aliens is/has affected politics.
At the end of this issue, we see that the "trees" are just the first step. Apparently they are seeding the planet with flowers, what the flowers mean, we don't exactly know yet, but the imagery provided leads us to believe it will soon be revealed.
Warren Ellis brings with him a long rope, and a very large following. If anyone can carry a book on name alone, Ellis is certainly one of those people. His collaborator here is artist Jason Howard, who provides excellent visuals to accompany Ellis's script. What Howard is doing here looks very different from what he brought to Image in Robert Kirkman's 'Super Dinosaur' a few years ago, and it will be interesting to see how his style evolves throughout the course of his involvement with Trees.
Not a ground-breaking first issue in any way, but certainly worth a look if you like Warren Ellis or alien invasion stories.