If you haven’t made your way to your local comic book store today make sure you add Jeff Lemire’s Trillium Issue #1 to your pile of “goodies”! I have been waiting for this series since last October when it was first announced and believe me when I tell you that it was worth the wait.
Anyone that is a Lemire fan knows that Lemire’s books have never been about complex artwork but rather about his use of visual simplicity and his talent to seduce the reader through storytelling.
When I heard about the title and saw the first few images I could not help but feel proud and even a bit patriotic. The white Trillium serves as the emblem and official flower of the Canadian province of Ontario; my home. 🙂 For those who don’t already know, Jeff Lemire lives in Ontario, Canada. If you have been following his work and you are a “local”, every so often you will catch the little references in his work.
In Trillium Issue #1 there are two stories that are taking place. The first story is about a character named Nika in 3797 who is searching for a cure to stop a virus while in the second story the reader is introduced to a WWI veteran named William on an archaeological “journey”.
In this issue the reader is introduced to two characters who are complete opposites. You have Nika who is searching for a way to save the human race and in search of preservation while William has already come face to face with death and has given up on life.
On the surface both characters may seen heroic and stable but if you look closer it’s not heroism; it’s induced lunacy.
Nika’s actions and eagerness unveil a naive inexperienced girl that walks into danger not knowing what she’s up against. As she walks blindly into situations she shouldn’t be walking into, she experiences visions of her dead mother encouraging her to keep going.
At the same time William does the exact same thing only his hallucinations involve images from encounters during the war. Lemire and Jose Villarrubia do a fantastic job showing the hallucinations for both characters by adding a faded blurry colour effect every time a hallucination takes place. It’s a simple effect yet it’s just enough for the reader to get glimpses of their fabricated reality.
When I got to the last page I felt a feeling of balance and was left wanting more. You’re just going to have to read it to find out why!
If you love a good story then this series is definitely one to consider. You won’t find the breath-taking interior art that you see in some of the comics today but I feel that the story makes up for it. I am really looking forward to seeing where this story takes us; Jeff Lemire is a genius.