The journey across the wasteland has yielded some pretty sweet comic covers for this week’s edition of COVERED! WITNESS!
Chenglei’s life is changing so quickly, under the shadow of the tree over Shu, that he doesn’t know if he can keep up with it. He’s worried that he’s running headlong into something awful. He has no idea what’s really waiting for him in the dark at the end of the line.
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Jason Howard
The first issue left plenty on the table as far how can the story be explored in Ellis’ new scifi world. The issue continues the story of the scientist in the winter cold. The scientist continue try to understand why black poppies are growing in this artic tundra? Meanwhile the new doctor to the area is hung over and recovering from her first night at the campsite. Elsewhere a gangster and his girlfriend are talking revolution, and the need for a stronger government in their home country. The girlfriend sees some old man and begins to ask him his opinion on their politics. After he remains quiet she threatens to hit him as she tries to kick him he flips her and disappears. Elsewhere a leader for a country with the smallest Tree is met by an international journalist. The affects the Trees have on their surrounding begin to be explained.
This issue like the first really weaves a large web of the world of Trees. Warren Ellis once again lays it on thick in this issue filling it with another myriad of stories. What keeps it interesting is only one of the stories from the first issue is expanded upon. A couple more stories are added to the spectrum of Trees in this issue. Of course Jason Howard delivers another absolutely brilliant looking issue that seems to come right out of Warren Ellis’ head directly.
I really wanted to see more of the stories in the first issue expanded upon in this issue. The mayor of New York was incredibly interesting and I wanted to see more of that guy. While I loved the expansion pack in this issue of more of how the world has been affected by the Trees. I wanted to maintain a little more of the first issue’s stories rather than the single reoccurring story.
This issue did not disappoint at all. Tree #2 was a perfect follow up to the first issue. I really did for all my griping dig on the cementing of the foundation of this title. This issue did a great job of furthering how the Trees have played a big role into the developing life around them. Jason Howard really delivers a fantastical world around you with each page. You can’t help be feel slowly apart of this strange world which doesn’t seem so farcical compared to our world.
The Story 3.5 out of 5 The Art 4 out of 5 Overall 3.75 out of 5
Jules: Trees #2
I’m beyond stoked on the idea of this issue being in my hands. The first issue was an absolute brilliant start to what I expect to be the best title of 2014! Warren Ellis just delivers the weird in the best ways, and this is another example of it! Jason Howard’s art is just the perfect for this honest Sci-Fi story. Pick it up and grab the first issue if you haven’t!
story: WARREN ELLIS
art / cover: JASON HOWARD
JUNE 25 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99
An Arctic research station. An Italian coastal town with an occult legacy. A new city in China. The future is being written in these places, in the shadow of a strange alien invasion that has become a historical mystery.
Taylor: Ms. Marvel #5
This week brings us the release of what I think is the best new series to come out of Marvel in a very long time. This issue will feature a major milestone in the super-hero career of Kamala Khan, as it will feature her first major dust-up with super-villainy. I look forward to seeing how it all plays out, and am confident that this title will continue to charm.
G. Willow Wilson (WRITER) • Adrian Alphona (ARTIST)
• How does a young girl from Jersey City become the next biggest super hero?
• Kamala has no idea either. But she’s comin’ for you, New York.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
Christian: Batman #32
A lot of people have shared the opinion that Zero Year, the retelling of Batman’s origin..again, has gone on for way too long, and while I agree it’s been going on for a while, I’ve loved just about every minute of it. And the end is now in sight, as issue #32 is the second to last in the arc. It’s been a fun ride and the momentum is bound to reach another peak in this book. It’s on the top of my stack for sure.
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
1:25 Variant cover by TONY MOORE
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for details.
The penultimate issue of ZERO YEAR is here! Batman gets one step closer to the endgame with The Riddler as the final chapter of ZERO YEAR: SAVAGE CITY draws closer to its stunning finale!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.
Gaumer: All-New Ghost Rider #4
This isn’t even a close pick for me this week. Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore have delivered a Ghost Rider book that reinvigorates a character that had become as stale as day-old donuts. The new take to the character, contemporary story, and, OH, Tradd Moore’s amazing street-art style, has made this book the breakout title of All-New Marvel NOW! for me, and I cannot wait to tear into this one on Wednesday.
ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #4
FELIPE SMITH (WRITER) • TRADD MOORE (ARTIST)
VARIANT COVER BY FELIPE SMITH
“ENGINES OF VENGEANCE”
• The streets of East LA flare up with drug-fueled gang violence form DR. ZABO’s power-enhancing narcotic.
• Will ROBBIE REYES submit to the sprit inside him and go too far in protecting the neighborhood?
• What is MR. HYDE’s diabolical plan to expand his underground empire?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack this Wednesday?
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Jason Howard
Only ten years ago Earth first found out it was not alone in the Universe. The first Tree hit New York and no one knew just what it was. These pillars simply fell from the sky and took root in the Earth. A possible invasion, or maybe there was intelligent life out there that simply thought life on Earth wasn’t that intelligent. In the story we find what seems to be a few protagonist each with a unique story to tell. A man who seems to be running for Mayor of New York, so he establish a new order. A boy who’s moved to a Tree district in China to draw what he sees as a young artist. And a few scientist in a winter studying the effects the Trees are having on the land. The seeds have been planted, and the Trees have already grown, just where is this journey about to take us?
Warren. Ellis. Is the man! I loved this first issue. It has a strange yet very normal dystopian future to it that seems very real. The strangeness of the Trees is very intriguing, and each page has you hoping for more about them. Instead you get Jason Howard displaying a world only he could bring to life on paper. This issue looks brilliant and breathes life into each page making you really feel apart of this world. The Trees appearance in a very nice subtle touch to the slow invasion. The use of the word normal becomes so simply a major part of the story as life goes on.
A lot of left unsaid at the end of this issue, it being a first issue of the title of course that to be expected. Dystopian futures are sort of a dime a dozen nowadays, though this one is def more up my alley than most. The amount of story was cut short with each introduction of a new main character. Another one of those stories that will be going back and forth constantly until the main characters meet for the first time.
This is another wonderful start to another Warren Ellis I will most certainly follow start to finish. As always Ellis has chose a solid artist to team up with and bring to life a new world I’ll be ready to dive into every month excited for whats to come. This story seems expansive and can go in so many directions, and knowing Ellis we are in for some strange turns. For all my griping about the standard of the premise I really loved this first issue and think this could end up being one of my favorites. Only time will tell but I can tell you this is another solid Image #1 and its worth picking up.
Story 4 out of 5
Art 3 out of 5
Overall 4.5 out of 5