Review: Trillium #1
Jeff Lemire has been quite busy these days. He’s only behind Geoff Johns in terms of high profile DC books. But he still finds time to create amazing creator owned titles, such as Trillium.
First off, I’m not partial to having to flip books over. I’m anal retentive when it comes to organizing my comic books, SO WHICH COVER IS THE FRONT?!
Joking aside, the set up works well with what Lemire is telling. These are two very different people coming from two very different worlds. It’s not insane for their worlds to seem “flipped” to theirs. I’m sure as Trillium goes along, we’ll find that these two have a lot in common. But for now, they couldn’t be more different. I said in my review of The Bunker #1 (review here), that it was good Josh Fialkov spent his time on the mystery and didn’t expand on the character. The exact opposite is done here. Lemire spends the entire issue focusing on the two leads instead of giving us any clue as to what is going on. But it works. The characters are more important than the time traveling story going on around them.
Lemire starts the two characters out on other spectrums of society, if not personality. Lemire will no doubt use the old trope of “you do things this way? You’re a weirdo” to comedic effect in #2. But the reader instantly understands both of the characters before the end of their half of the issue. There is a big difference between rushing back-story and telling it effectively and quickly. Both stories easily could have sustained a book on their own, as each character is quickly fleshed out had their priorities made relatable. I could see Lemire creating an Indiana Jones type character based on the male side of the story. I’d read that every month.
I’ve read a few trades of Sweet Tooth, and Jeff Lemire’s art always struck me as slightly ugly. It improved slightly in The Underwater Welder, but Trillium is a vast improvement over those two projects. Characters show a wider range of emotions than in Sweet Tooth and Welder. Lemire blended science-fiction and the real world quite well in Sweet Tooth, so it’s no surprise that he is able to jump from grounded reality to far off worlds without skipping a beat. The coloring is superb. While the color scheme doesn’t change, Lemire makes both worlds work in the range of colors he utilizes. Having the fantastical world be in water color while the harsh reality is in traditional coloring was a great choice.
Bottom line, Trillium is another hit for Jeff Lemire. The guy has been an unstoppable force when it comes to creator owned books.
Trillium #1 gets 4.5/5.