by Warren Ellis & Jason Howard
After the shocks which ended #8, Warren Ellis’ Trees returns with a new arc. Time has passed since the devastation of #8, yet not all of the smoke has fully cleared. The issue opens with the remnants of the Svalbad research team plunging into the icy sea. The body of Dr. Marsh comes to rest on the ocean floor where it is immediately overtaken by the ominous black flowers. Instantly the body decays. It is a vivid, disturbing sequence which reminds readers of the series’ newly raised stakes.
From there the narrative flows into the near future, though exactly how much time has passed remains unclear. Dr. Joanne Creasy was the head of the Svalbard station and its sole survivor. Miraculously fished out of the chilly waters, she has been on a long journey of rehabilitation both physically and emotionally. She struggles to adjust to changes in society, while managing PTS flashbacks to the tragedy of Svalbard. In the midst of this recovery process, she is summoned by the British government and offered the chance to return to studying the trees once again.
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