Trillium #2




Comic series

Release date

September 4, 2013
5 out of 5 stars
Trillium is a beautiful new mini-series, both in terms of visuals and story-telling. It was originally intended to be a “love story”, albeit in a relatively bizarre setting, but this aspect seemed elusive in the incredible first installment. However, the beauty of Trillium really begins to shine through in issue #2. Aside from this, the story is wonderfully inventive, intriguing, and mysterious and will surely be recalled as one of the greats from Vertigo.
I think this issue went a long way in showing that even though this is a story that spans millennia, it is actually deeply personal and close in on Nika and William.
Trillium was one of the more impressive debuts of recent memory, and issue #2 serves as more of the same. Jeff Lemire really has something here, and with our lovers again separated and more danger looming, it’s safe to say we ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
I thought this issue went by pretty quickly, but that is pretty much the only negative I had against it. I think the reason why it went by so quickly was because of this issue's hook which I really liked, and that was that fact that both Nika and William couldn't understand each other, due to there being thousands of years between them.
5 out of 5 stars
Lemire is a masterful storyteller, and TRILLIUM is proof of his talent for choreographing not just his characters' actions, but the ful reading experience.
Grade: A-
Not exactly the most productive issue, plot-wise, but a powerful example of natural character writing. The art has to be accepted on its own terms, but once you do, it reveals surprising depths.
It’s epic sci-fi at its best. Having followed Lemire from Essex County to Sweet Tooth (via Lost Dogs, Rip Hunter in Time Warp #1 and now Green Arrow) – this is some of his best work.
9.6 out of 10
Easily a candidate for some end-of-the-year awards, but then again, isn’t that always the case when Jeff Lemire does his own thing? A more assured creator-owned creative talent you’d be hard-pressed to find. “Trillium” proves that Lemire has plenty of legs after the award-winning “Essex County” and “Sweet Tooth” have long been put away.
8.5 out of 10
There is not much going on with the story this time around, but it’s more about the characters getting to know one another and just talking (despite not knowing what the other is saying). However, it really pulls you in and feels pretty necessary overall to the plot. Definitely worth a look.
8 out of 10
The inks and watercolors utilized continue to bring a unique ambiance to the panels, and the numerous shots of star-filled sky and constellations are beautiful. This book is much like the rest of Lemire's work - stellar.