Trillium (Issue #1)
Written and drawn by Jeff Lemire
Aug 09, 2013 Web Exclusive
The first chapter of Jeff Lemire's (Animal Man, Justice League Dark) highly anticipated new series for Vertigo, Trillium issue #1 is a promising start for what could turn out to be a terrific story. Billed as a sci-fi love story, Trillium takes place in two different settings and time periods: 3797, among a humanity whittled down to only a few thousand in number, and a Peruvian jungle in 1921. The main characters are a botanist (the one in the future) and a war-scarred explorer (the one in the past) who meet via means not yet explained, but likely supernatural in nature.
The initial issue lacks the immediacy or the depth of emotion present in the early chapters of Lemire's best work (Sweet Tooth, Essex County), though there's enough complexity in each character to make Trillium a series to look forward to. If Lemire can swing his eye to romantic love in the same ways he's looked at familial love and friendship in the past, it might even be something greater than a good sci-fi series. (www.vertigocomics.com)
Author rating: 7/10
Average reader rating: 8/10