Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Coming Attractions | A Taste of Trillium

I may have taken my sweet time reading it, but at this late stage, I'm happy to come out and say that Sweet Tooth is without a doubt one of the very best Vertigo series there's ever been. If the imprint is indeed on the way out, as recent rumours suggest — though more recent statements have refuted these rumours — then Sweet Tooth is perfectly positioned to do double-duty as a swan song.

And what a song it sung.

But it's finished, now. The final trade paperback, namely Wild Game, was published last month. And much as I approve of actual endings, and I do — especially in the comics form, where stories either take lifetimes to tell, or are cruelly cancelled — I very much miss my monthly Jeff Lemire fix.

Luckily, there's more to look forward to from the award-winning singer/songwriter. Beginning with Trillium: an eight-issue limited series which "combines rich historical adventure and mind-bending science fiction into a sprawling, unconventional love story."

Courtesy Comic Book Resources, I give you the plot, and two pages from the comic proper. If there ever was a time to click to embiggen, incidentally, this is it!
It’s the year 3797, and botanist Nika Temsmith is researching a strange species on a remote science station near the outermost rim of colonized space. It’s the year 1921, and renowned English explorer William Pike leads an expedition into the dense jungles of Peru in search of the fabled “Lost Temple of the Incas,” an elusive sanctuary said to have strange healing properties. Two disparate souls separated by thousands of years and hundreds of millions of miles. Yet they will fall in love and, as a result, bring about the end of the universe. Even though reality is unraveling all around them, nothing can pull them apart. This isn’t just a love story; It’s the LAST love story ever told.
The first issue of Trillium will be released in early August.

If you have a heart, you'll buy it.


  1. Yeah, it looks like it will be awesome. I'm looking forward to it. I wish Lemire would just do his own thing and give up the DC-proper stuff.

    1. Hear, hear. I enjoyed his Animal Man, but Frankenstein was just nonsense, and that character's part in Justice League Dark has put me right off reading said series. Would you recommend it, Ryan? Or have you avoided it too?

  2. I wouldn't recommend any of his non-creator owned stuff. It pales in comparison to stuff like Sweet Tooth or Underwater Welder.

    I pretty much avoid all mainstream comics at this point. They just aren't very good. I think it's a shitty state of affairs that getting hired to write or draw something, anything, at either DC or Marvel is still what most comics guys strive for as the pinnacle of achievement. Sure, the paycheck must be nice, but the product those two companies put on the shelves is a joke. It's fistfights, sexism, and recycled plot lines over and over again. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth.