Trees, Vol. 2

Warren Ellis, writer; Jason Howard, artist

Image Comics, 2016

The second collection opens with the sole survivor of the disaster that befell the research team in the first volume. The British government has kept the existence of the mysterious black flowers a secret, in order to avoid a panic anytime any black flower is sighted. Do they signal an imminent Tree explosion? It's Dr. Joanne Creasy's job to find out. The other main scene is New York City, where the mayor-elect has a devious plan for revenge against the police who murdered residents trying to escape the flood waters when the Tree landed in Manhattan. There's a marked contrast between the urban setting there--and the response of the population--and the bucolic setting in Orkney. At the very end the story returns to the Chinese artist who was one of the main characters in the first volume, as she is shown once again seeking sanctuary. Still a fascinating series, with a unique take on a future dystopia.

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