by Jeff Lemire
I've missed reading stuff by Jeff Lemire since Sweet Tooth ended. Sure, he's writing a number of books at DC, but he's not drawing any of them, and they don't really feel like a Jeff Lemire comic. Trillium does.
This new mini-series is designed as a flipbook that tells two different, connected stories. Nika is a scientist on a remote planet where the last of the human race, some four thousand people, are rushing to find a cure to a sentient disease that has been targeting the species across the galaxy. Growing on this planet is a flower, a trillium, that has a property that can combat the disease, but the flower grows in a compound inhabited by the Atabithi, the indigenous people of the planet. The disease is spreading quicker than expected, and so Nika is driven to extreme measures to try to secure the use of the flower.
On the flipside of the book, we meet William, a veteran of the First World War, who has an interest in the Amazon. He signs on to an expedition looking for a 'lost temple' of the Incas, which is believed to contain the secret to eternal youth. William pushes the rest of his expedition to take unnecessary risks, and they soon draw the ire of the locals.
I love Lemire's unconventional artwork, especially when he's being coloured by José Villarrubia. I especially enjoy the moments in this book, like the last page of each story, that echo each other visually. I love when books depict the Great War, even if it is just in flashback, and am intrigued in this particular vision of the future (which reminded me a little of David Hine and Doug Braithwaite's excellent series Storm Dogs). I would be happier were Lemire working on a new on-going series, but I am very pleased with this mini-series.