Comic Reviews: Trillium and The Legend Of Luther Strode!
That’s really all I can say after reading Jeff Lemire’s latest Vertigo series Trillium. I had no idea what to expect from this, but after blindly picking it up off the shelf, I’m glad I paid my 3 bucks for it. Trillium is one of the most unique books I’ve read all year, and the less you know about it going in, the better.
This introductory issue spans hundreds of years, stretching from the 1920’s to the far future of 3797. Telling two (seemingly) separate stories that literally meet in the middle of the book, writer/artist Jeff Lemire creates an interesting hook here, and it’s extremely hard to not want to know what happens next. As the writer behind DC’s phenomenal Animal Man and the Vertigo series Sweet Tooth, Lemire knows how to craft excellent stories with bizarre plots, and Trillium is no exception. Both William and Nika are fully realized lead characters, and the worlds they inhabit are incredibly interesting, as is the link that ties the two of them together.
I’m more of a fan of Lemire’s writing than his art, but he does some absolutely incredible work here. While Nika and Billy’s stories are only 14 pages each, Lemire’s panel layouts and pacing make it seem like you get two full sized stories. 10 panel pages lead to giant jaw dropping splash pages that pull the narrative forward into the middle of the book, where…….nah, I’ll let you find out.
Reviewing Trillium is very difficult, as I want to go into the nitty gritty of the plot, but doing so would spoil the hook of Lemire’s 8 issue tale. Just trust me in the fact that it’s extremely entertaining, and easily one of the biggest surprises of the year. I highly, highly recommend you do what I did and blindly grab it off the shelf of your local comic book store.
It’s been a long wait for the final issue of The Legend of Luther Strode, but man, when the pay off is this good, it’s worth it. Luther and Jack the Ripper have their final battle, and it’s even bloodier than you can imagine. Seriously, the amount of reds in this book is so stunning that I’ll be amazed if colorist Felipe Sobreiro doesn’t get some Eisner love at next year’s awards.
The Legend of Luther Strode is a series that wears its “mature” Image rating like a badge of honor, and I couldn’t be happier that it does. You want to see carnage? This book has it in spades, showing us what would really happen if two super strong beings threw down in a shopping mall. And the results are not pretty.
Artist Tradd Moore delivers some of the craziest action I’ve seen in years. Luther and Jack slash, punch, and even bite through one another, to the point where you wonder just how far the violence in this book can go. Ever seen a guy get hit with the dismembered legs of a corpse? You’re about to.
Of course, this crazy action wouldn’t be possible with Justin Jordan’s plot, which raises the stakes considerably. In the previous series, Luther was attempting to not only figure out the reasons behind his powers, but also deal with the mysterious threats against his love ones. Now it’s not just his love interest Petra at stake, but the entire world as well. By issue’s end, Luther has come to realize his place in the world, and redeemed himself of his self-exile from the start of this miniseries. Jordan has said in many of the afterwords to this series that he believes Legend is a story of Luther’s redemption, and I completely agree with him.
The Legend of Luther Strode definitely delivers in the action department, and fans of the character will be pleased to see the cliffhanger at issue’s end, not to mention the ad on the back cover for 2014’s The Legacy of Luther Strode. I know I for one have already added that title to my pull list, and can’t wait to see what Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore do next.