Review: Trillium #1

Jeff Lemire’s latest creative-project encompasses a strong sci-fi essence, strengthened by contrasting stories, two perspectives from the future and the past. As he builds one bridge from the future focused on a scientist that on a inexorable pursuit to find a cure for a disease eating away the final thousand members of the human population, he starts building another one. On the opposite side a solider plagued by horrible memories of war in search of meaning, or maybe distraction, helps construct the other side. When two ends finally meet in the middle thats when sparks start to fly.

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Lemire has clearly set out to tell a story, a very potent one. There’s quite a bit of dialogue and narration from the two main characters. But it serves its purpose well. As you bounce from panel to panel reading, you find you’re engaged to this story. I had to go back to a couple pages to admire the art because I was just reading, the dialogue and various monologues flowed so well. All together it releases some very strong passion.

This book is truly gorgeous. It’s hard to draw yourself away from the beautiful backgrounds composed of water colors that bleed together so perfectly. Lemire uses some extreme detail as well, all the way from windows on a space station to tiny pedals on little flowers.

Together it creates one of the most refined artistic packages of the year. This issue also happens to be a flip book, another creative tool that you don’t see too much of anymore. It also happens to be my first experience with one and it left a great impression.

The sentiment in Trillium hits you like a impassioned lightning bolt. You feel for these characters, you want to follow their story to the very end.

Final Score: 5/5

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