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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Trillium #4

November 9th, 2013 by Jake Tanner Comments

Written & Illustrated by Jeff Lemire
Colorists: Jeff Lemire & Jose Villarrubia
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Published by Vertigo Comics

Trillium is filled with such a sense of wonderment that almost anyone can find something different to take away from it. Some see a love story, others see a sci-fi time travel adventure, and others see it as an Indiana Jonesian-like tale filled with temples and ancient artifacts.

All I know is this: I love it, and no one but Jeff Lemire could tell this story! He’s one of the few writers in comics that tells stories that feel incredibly original and suck you in quickly, all the while giving you answers to the story in the smallest morsels. He’s given us some pretty big parts to the story finally, but in doing so he’s left even more questions. In most series and with most writers this would be a problem, but I can’t wait to see how Lemire ties this all into a neat little bow.

It’s not often that when I talk about the artist of a book that I’m also talking about the writer. That’s another reason Trillium is such a rare treat! Jeff Lemire has such a rare style of art that tells this story as much as the dialogue does. (It has to; half of the dialogue is gibberish due to the language barrier between characters!) My favorite thing about Lemire’s art is hands down how beautifully obscure and colorful it all is. Each page is a beautiful painting that I would love to have as a print for my collection!

I did a Creator’s Month piece on Lemire for a good reason. Every original series he does is something VERY special that people should pay attention to and Trillium is no exception. This was my favorite issue in the series so far and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next to get some answers! What’s so special about the Trillium plants? Are Nika and William going to survive the blast? What’s going to happen with the natives? Lemire has woven a beautiful web of questions and I can’t wait to see the beautiful tapestry that is Trillium when it’s finished!

5 out of 5 nerds


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I'm 25 years old and I'm hugely passionate about comic books and I also LOVE gaming. The birth of my daughter, Abby, rekindled my passion for comic book stories. I grew up on them and I want nothing more than to share that passion with her! I'm a pretty typical guy, I love sports. (NHL-Blackhawks, NBA-Lakers, MLB-Cubs, and NFL-Daaaa Bears!). I've been writing for a pretty big portion of my life, and I've been nominated for multiple awards for some of the poetry I’ve written! Happy reading and follow me on Twitter @xJatmanx.

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