Trillium by Jeff Lemire

When a World War I soldier meets a botantist trying to save humanity in the year 3797 sparks fly and time is undone and redone differently in a fantastic science fiction story that is a must read.

Screenshot_2014-09-30-18-00-28-1Trillium
TPB collects issues 1-8
by Jeff Lemire
Vertigo
August 2014

William Pike was never the same after a World War I where he lost too many men and perhaps his sanity. To reciver, he decides to go on an expedition to a supposedly lost temple of the Incas in Peru in 1921 where he finds even more blood shed, natives on the hunt and (inexplicably) Dr. Nika Temsmith.

Screenshot_2014-10-03-08-34-50-1Nika is a botanist researching Trillium, a flower that may hold the key to stopping an AI virus from wiping out humanity. She also finds a temple on the outer-rim of colonized space run by the all female alien Atibithians and partakes in a ritual with Trillium where she ends up traveling through a gateway from 3797 to 1921 and into relationship with William.

What transpires next is an at times confusing mash of time travel, time swaps, halucinations and ultimately the triumph (of sorts) of love as William and Nika fight to find each other again and save humanity.

Although he may be most well known commercially for his writing – especially on DC and New 52 titles – Lemire does an outstanding job with his art in this series. It is awkward, sketchy and moody and fits Screenshot_2014-10-03-08-50-46-1perfectly with the story. Nothing about the art or the story says “commercial” and nothing panders to those looking for eye candy sans story. More illustrated novel than slightly plotted art.

As interesting a story as this is I couldn’t for the life of me enjoy flipping the book upseide down for part of the story. I love that Lemire took a chance and went with his creative ideas but I think this goes too far. Like Spider-man 16 (1991) this is an idea that works in concept but in reality if tough to pull off. Especially if reading digitally.

My advice? Get the series in TBP and enjoy the story. Deal with the drawbacks of the upside down panels. Even with the annoyance this is a really well done science fiction series that deserves to be read.


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