I’ve never seen a series slow play a plot like this before. The series, written by Warren Ellis, illustrated by Jason Howard, and produced by Image got lots of hype preceding the release of the series in May of 2014. The basic premise of the series is that ten years ago a bunch of gigantic cylindrical things landed on Earth. Imagine what you would get if a skyscraper and a tree (hence the name) had a baby which they fed steroids instead of milk. These things are bigger than that. Either oblivious or indifferent toward the already existing occupants of the planet, they’ve basically just been chilling out and occasionally venting large amount of toxic and corrosive slime onto the surrounding area.
After three issues, I’m still not sure what’s going on. The story bounces around between a number of different characters, through which we learn snippets of the current state of affairs. All of this, I’m sure, will start to coalesce into something more tangible as the series progresses further. Most of their stories, however, have very little do with the trees, either directly or at all. Which pretty well reflects man-kind’s overall attitude toward the trees. This is a novel story concept for me and one that I’m enjoying quite a bit.