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"Clever, funny, romantic, sad and absolutely essential" - Kirkus The acclaimed TREES series, currently being adapted for television, returns with a brand new story of murder and ghosts. In the remote Russian village of Toska, there's a dead body by the leg of the Tree that landed eleven years ago. Police sergeant Klara Voranova, still haunted by that day, has no idea how thi "Clever, funny, romantic, sad and absolutely essential" - Kirkus The acclaimed TREES series, currently being adapted for television, returns with a brand new story of murder and ghosts. In the remote Russian village of Toska, there's a dead body by the leg of the Tree that landed eleven years ago. Police sergeant Klara Voranova, still haunted by that day, has no idea how this murder will change everything, nor what awaits her in the Tree's shadow. Collects TREES: THREE FATES 1 - 5


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"Clever, funny, romantic, sad and absolutely essential" - Kirkus The acclaimed TREES series, currently being adapted for television, returns with a brand new story of murder and ghosts. In the remote Russian village of Toska, there's a dead body by the leg of the Tree that landed eleven years ago. Police sergeant Klara Voranova, still haunted by that day, has no idea how thi "Clever, funny, romantic, sad and absolutely essential" - Kirkus The acclaimed TREES series, currently being adapted for television, returns with a brand new story of murder and ghosts. In the remote Russian village of Toska, there's a dead body by the leg of the Tree that landed eleven years ago. Police sergeant Klara Voranova, still haunted by that day, has no idea how this murder will change everything, nor what awaits her in the Tree's shadow. Collects TREES: THREE FATES 1 - 5

30 review for Trees, Vol. 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Warren Ellis and Jason Howard return for their third Trees book, Three Fates. For a series that’s always been focused on the global picture with multiple storylines happening concurrently across the planet, Three Fates instead takes place in just one location: the small Russian town of Toska, which is an interesting and unexpected new direction. A dead body is found at the base of one of the trees and it’s down to the local police sergeant, Klara Voranova, to find out whodunit. Except she’s rece Warren Ellis and Jason Howard return for their third Trees book, Three Fates. For a series that’s always been focused on the global picture with multiple storylines happening concurrently across the planet, Three Fates instead takes place in just one location: the small Russian town of Toska, which is an interesting and unexpected new direction. A dead body is found at the base of one of the trees and it’s down to the local police sergeant, Klara Voranova, to find out whodunit. Except she’s recently begun being haunted by her deceased former lover, Sasha - are they connected? And over it all stand the giant alien trees… Trees: Three Fates was ok. Ellis reveals whodunit at the end of the first issue so the mystery is really about who the corpse is and why he was killed. And that storyline plays out just fine, though the reveal is kinda weak. It’s a small town so it was always going to be a small town reason. I was more intrigued by the “ghost” of Sasha and its connection to the trees though Ellis unfortunately remained vague about what it all meant, which was unsatisfying. Also no clue as to what the subtitle “Three Fates” means. Jason Howard’s art is fine, Ellis’ story is fine, the whole book is just… eh, fine. It’s nothing outstanding but it’s a decent self-contained story that never totally bored but also similarly never totally gripped me either - Trees: Three Fates is a distinctly average addition to the series. I’d like to see Ellis return to the bigger storyline of the trees in future books rather than have any more of these small, inconsequential stories.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    “How can there be despair? When everything and everyone we ever knew is here with us?” Some of these comics series not only go on and on, but some of them also take a long time to get done. I reviewed the first volume on October 28, 2015! The second came two years later, and now this third volume arrives three years after that! The tale is a dystopian sci-fi series. Trees, Volume 1, sets up the situation; it's in the pretty near future ten years after aliens have come to Earth and set up posts peo “How can there be despair? When everything and everyone we ever knew is here with us?” Some of these comics series not only go on and on, but some of them also take a long time to get done. I reviewed the first volume on October 28, 2015! The second came two years later, and now this third volume arrives three years after that! The tale is a dystopian sci-fi series. Trees, Volume 1, sets up the situation; it's in the pretty near future ten years after aliens have come to Earth and set up posts people name "Trees." Not much happens in this volume in various city scenes like Cefalu and Shu or barren regions such as Spitzbergen and Mogadishu. We shift back and forth mainly between three basic sites. One group of young people seems to be researching some kind of black flower that is spreading. A collection of people seem to be forming some kind of resistance, but after the first volume you just have this sense of mystery, not much happening, no answers to any of your questions. In this third volume the tone gets dark and the pace picks up quickly. The action—and there’s a lot of it—takes place in the small Russian village remote Russian village of Toska. A Tree landed there eleven years ago, when those black flowers began to bloom; now there's a dead body by that Tree. Police sergeant Klara Voranova leads an investigation into that murder, and in this bleak landscape all Hell breaks loose. It really has this horror feel, obviously connected to these alien Trees, but again, it is all happening so slowly I can only hope the series might be completed in my life time. Still, this is my favorite work from Warren Ellis, and the art is always great from Jason Howard. Reminds me of another alien invasion story written by a Brit, the (once acclaimed children’s science fiction series) The White Mountains by John Christopher. 3.5, my favorite of the three volumes so far, though it is still mostly just mysterious and vague, really. See ya in three to five years Warren! I’ll round down to 3 stars until I see how this all makes sense.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    Warren Ellis is one of the few western writers who can convincingly write Russia (rural Russia, at that!) and not botch everything up with vile stereotyping and lack of research. This is a story about pain, misery and anger that is so unmistakably russian, I can easily forgive him the small details that don't feel quite right (like names that sound a bit wrong or silly). Jason Howard is absolutely at the top of his game here too, rendering a typical russian village in all its sad, depressing det Warren Ellis is one of the few western writers who can convincingly write Russia (rural Russia, at that!) and not botch everything up with vile stereotyping and lack of research. This is a story about pain, misery and anger that is so unmistakably russian, I can easily forgive him the small details that don't feel quite right (like names that sound a bit wrong or silly). Jason Howard is absolutely at the top of his game here too, rendering a typical russian village in all its sad, depressing detail, as well as handling the usual Ellis-ian ultraviolence with mastery and grace. Overall, Trees: Three Fates is another worthy addition to the Trees canon that was absolutely worth the wait, and I really hope it won't be the last one from this fascinating world.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    I dunno why I was expecting closure, since I think this is the last volume, but saying that this is still highly entertaining. Ellis writes a story of a woman who lost a lot thanks to these damn aliens. After they came down she lost someone she cared for. Even if they weren't always together or seeing things eye to eye, she still loved him. Not she is haunted by him. But this town is hiding things, covering up events, and she begins to discover it all. This is a fast paced thriller with lots of I dunno why I was expecting closure, since I think this is the last volume, but saying that this is still highly entertaining. Ellis writes a story of a woman who lost a lot thanks to these damn aliens. After they came down she lost someone she cared for. Even if they weren't always together or seeing things eye to eye, she still loved him. Not she is haunted by him. But this town is hiding things, covering up events, and she begins to discover it all. This is a fast paced thriller with lots of actions and some heartfelt moments. Overall, pretty good. I think I enjoyed volume 2 a tad bit more but Trees ends well enough and you can actually read it without reading any other titles. A 3.5 out of 5.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    I started reading this series because the premise of giant "trees" coming to Earth from outer space intrigued me. I haven't seen anything in three volumes relevant to the Trees other than they are new sources of natural disasters and they either repel or attract groups of people. In addition to that, i couldn't care much less about the characters who have been little more than daytime television stereotypes. This latest volume might be the soapiest so far. I have seen nothing to convince me Ellis I started reading this series because the premise of giant "trees" coming to Earth from outer space intrigued me. I haven't seen anything in three volumes relevant to the Trees other than they are new sources of natural disasters and they either repel or attract groups of people. In addition to that, i couldn't care much less about the characters who have been little more than daytime television stereotypes. This latest volume might be the soapiest so far. I have seen nothing to convince me Ellis et al can bring it all together in a way that wouldn't elicit scorn. And the back cover copy, "currently being adapted for television," convinces me they will only hope to drag it out as long as possible: mo' episodes, mo' money. To which i say, mo' episodes, mo' problems so i ain't gonna read no mo'.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    If you're looking for any insight into the what and why of the trees, you're in the wrong place. But if you want a vintage Ellis crime drama, taking place in a tiny town at the end of the line in Russia, this will work. The tree does figure into the plot, setting up the 'romantic' part of the story and being the location for the 'crime' part of the story. It's a small story, but that doesn't mean it's not an intense one. The art has grown on me, and works really well here, in this sparse corner If you're looking for any insight into the what and why of the trees, you're in the wrong place. But if you want a vintage Ellis crime drama, taking place in a tiny town at the end of the line in Russia, this will work. The tree does figure into the plot, setting up the 'romantic' part of the story and being the location for the 'crime' part of the story. It's a small story, but that doesn't mean it's not an intense one. The art has grown on me, and works really well here, in this sparse corner of Russia. Most of the story's dozen or so characters or developed a bit, and Klara makes for a good, no-nonsense protagonist. This still feels like a set-up for something larger in the future, but I think it stands on its own pretty well too.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    It was actually a pretty story. Not sure what it's all about still but I liked it. Murder mystery.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Clark

    Art was just ok, plot was just ok. Just ok overall

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barry Welsh

    5☆ Extremely enjoyable

  10. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    It's too bad the team behind this series has not been able to dedicate more time to it and now it looks like this will be the final volume. The premise--mysterious "trees" descend to Earth and change everything--has so much storytelling potential and Ellis has barely scratched the surface. This volume scales down from the previous two's worldwide perspective to tell a story set in a remote Russian town. It's good and would doubtlessly tie into the bigger picture, but I was hoping for more if thi It's too bad the team behind this series has not been able to dedicate more time to it and now it looks like this will be the final volume. The premise--mysterious "trees" descend to Earth and change everything--has so much storytelling potential and Ellis has barely scratched the surface. This volume scales down from the previous two's worldwide perspective to tell a story set in a remote Russian town. It's good and would doubtlessly tie into the bigger picture, but I was hoping for more if this is in fact the end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Zach

    This didn't seem to have any bearing on the larger story. Not that I have any idea what the larger story is.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alex E

    Ellis' third (and final?) chapter of trees has more to do with the interpersonal relationships between our cast, but all under the shadow of a tree. I did like this more than the second volume if only because the pace was quicker and it was more direct in its approach. The second volume was steeped in allusion and mystery, and to be honest, since there still hasn't been a solid explanation of what the trees are, this open ended approach to the story leaves much to be desired. Here in this third Ellis' third (and final?) chapter of trees has more to do with the interpersonal relationships between our cast, but all under the shadow of a tree. I did like this more than the second volume if only because the pace was quicker and it was more direct in its approach. The second volume was steeped in allusion and mystery, and to be honest, since there still hasn't been a solid explanation of what the trees are, this open ended approach to the story leaves much to be desired. Here in this third volume however, Ellis pretty much ignores the tree in the town that the story is set in. Well, ignored as much as that its constantly present in the town and in the minds of the characters. What we get is a much more nuanced book about the personalities within the book, some of whom we have met before, and the conniving ways that some try to hold onto power. The tree weirdness from past volumes, doesn't even enter the story until the 4th issue. Ellis does a good job of reserving the more mysterious aspects of the story for after the interpersonal drama has set in. And this makes the book much more easily digested in my opinion. I still have some issues with the pacing and also the fact that the origins of the tree's are only alluded to and we still don't have any real information of where they came from or what they are... but I guess we are getting there. Unless this if the final volume, then... we don't get there. Ellis is an amazing writer. And while this story may not be one of his classics, it is interesting and entertaining. Recommended for those who like a lot of mystery in their comics.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Zedsdead

    Volume 3 abandons the numerous established settings for a remote Russian village at the foot of yet another tree. A body is found, and the village detective investigates. That's the whole book. Interestingly, Ellis tells the reader whodunnit almost immediately; the only questions are whether the detective will solve the mystery and will she survive the closing of the case. We are given another clue as to the nature of the trees: (view spoiler)[The detective's dead boyfriend, who was crushed under Volume 3 abandons the numerous established settings for a remote Russian village at the foot of yet another tree. A body is found, and the village detective investigates. That's the whole book. Interestingly, Ellis tells the reader whodunnit almost immediately; the only questions are whether the detective will solve the mystery and will she survive the closing of the case. We are given another clue as to the nature of the trees: (view spoiler)[The detective's dead boyfriend, who was crushed under the tree when it landed eleven years previous, begins to appear to her. He warns her about one of the murderers and speaks to a third party. His presence, while ephemeral, appears to be genuine. And the black poppies appear... (hide spoiler)] It's a decent story but very little really happens. I'm disappointed in the lack of forward progress after the three year wait between volumes 2 and 3.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paul Swanson

    "If I create myself and only have responsibility for myself and my own actions, and yet I live in a world that must exist into the future and stands on the shoulders of the past - then why should I not create myself as a modern human who can see into the future and save people from the past?" Good times. This was great. I couldn't put it down. Thriller/noir set in the Russia of the Trees' universe. Seems to mostly be more of a stand alone book rather than a continuation of the main elements of the "If I create myself and only have responsibility for myself and my own actions, and yet I live in a world that must exist into the future and stands on the shoulders of the past - then why should I not create myself as a modern human who can see into the future and save people from the past?" Good times. This was great. I couldn't put it down. Thriller/noir set in the Russia of the Trees' universe. Seems to mostly be more of a stand alone book rather than a continuation of the main elements of the previous books. Major f'ing badass Karla, Sargent of the police in a village of ~65 people, has to investigate the murder of a stranger/outsider. Everything is great. No one gets hurt. Illustrations and color are incredible. Like the taste of a sea-salt chocolate bar at the middle of a hike through the pines.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Russell Grant

    And with this, Trees is finished indefinitely, according to Ellis. It's a shame. the three volumes never really feel like one story. Each feels like a chapter of an anthology where the central conceit is seeing how life has changed due to an alien invasion in which nothing happens. It's a fascinating concept. The odd thing about this volume is Ellis presents a mostly straight forward crime story that wouldn't be a broken thumb if sat beside something like "Fargo". Howard does a good job on the a And with this, Trees is finished indefinitely, according to Ellis. It's a shame. the three volumes never really feel like one story. Each feels like a chapter of an anthology where the central conceit is seeing how life has changed due to an alien invasion in which nothing happens. It's a fascinating concept. The odd thing about this volume is Ellis presents a mostly straight forward crime story that wouldn't be a broken thumb if sat beside something like "Fargo". Howard does a good job on the art, servicing the story fine. Ellis has said he knows the end to this, where it was going to go. Maybe one day we'll get to find out.

  16. 4 out of 5

    David Turko

    It takes forever for each volume of 'Tree's to be released but this one was worth it in my mind. The third volume takes place in a small Russian village and the tone is a mixture of crime and horror. The pacing picks up quickly and doesn't stop. As usual, Warren is great with characters and dialogue. Howard's art is as wonderful as ever. I guess if I had a complaint is that there are still some unanswered questions and I know I'll probably have to wait another two years for another book. But tha It takes forever for each volume of 'Tree's to be released but this one was worth it in my mind. The third volume takes place in a small Russian village and the tone is a mixture of crime and horror. The pacing picks up quickly and doesn't stop. As usual, Warren is great with characters and dialogue. Howard's art is as wonderful as ever. I guess if I had a complaint is that there are still some unanswered questions and I know I'll probably have to wait another two years for another book. But that's alright, this was still a great story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    rick.

    Trees is back after a long hiatus and returns with a more focused sedate pace, easing us back into the world. This third volume brings us to a Tree in rural Russia at the end of a rail line. The narrative jumps back to the day the Trees arrived and to the investigation of a murder through the eyes of Klara, the local police officer. I missed this series and I am excited to have it back. The bigger questions are still far from answered, and this volume doesn't bring us much closer. But the mix of Trees is back after a long hiatus and returns with a more focused sedate pace, easing us back into the world. This third volume brings us to a Tree in rural Russia at the end of a rail line. The narrative jumps back to the day the Trees arrived and to the investigation of a murder through the eyes of Klara, the local police officer. I missed this series and I am excited to have it back. The bigger questions are still far from answered, and this volume doesn't bring us much closer. But the mix of realism and mind manipulating science fiction is all there along with Ellis' great character work and Howard's textured artwork.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lilian

    Well, this was a quick read. It felt kind of rushed to me, and that's probably partly because it was quite short (at least in comparison to the third volume) and partly because I read it quickly. Or rather, I read it at my normal pace, and my normal pace mean that I finished it in like an hour or less. I guess I enjoyed it? I just would have liked a little more of it to enjoy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Raja

    The human part of the story was good, but everything involving the Tree was iffy, which is an issue given the title. Strong women pining for emotionally stunted men is way overdone. I also thought the Tree scenes revealed both too much and too little about the Trees. Decent overall, but not quite what I was hoping for from the return of this previously excellent series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Justin Labelle

    A Great short story with strong psychological interest. There's a vivid and memorable folkloric aspect to this. Throughout its entirety there is a sense that something bad it about to happen. It also definitely adheres to the chekhov gun trope. A star less than its predecessors as it may have worked better simply as a ghost story without prior links to Trees vol. 1 & 2. A Great short story with strong psychological interest. There's a vivid and memorable folkloric aspect to this. Throughout its entirety there is a sense that something bad it about to happen. It also definitely adheres to the chekhov gun trope. A star less than its predecessors as it may have worked better simply as a ghost story without prior links to Trees vol. 1 & 2.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    The plotting and intrigue of characters in a remote Russian village was interesting, but I'm more interested in the unusual cause and effect of the trees. Some of the odder things thata happened might be such an effect, and that might come to light later, but it wasn't apparent in this story arc.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Best of the series, but essentially a non-contribution to the mystery of the trees. I am guessing the trees are a collection and storage device for earthly creatures? Or that is, at least, one of their functions? It's a delectable world that is never developed. Shame.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    A departure from the story of the series, but a really, really great mystery.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Will Cooper

    A big step up from the first two volumes. I cared about the characters and it was just a murder mystery with the overarching thing of a tree right there and guilt and death. More like this please!

  25. 5 out of 5

    John

    Blood never says it's sorry.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jason Ragle

    The third, and I believe final, book in the TREES series. The volumes are three separate stories based in the same dystopian world.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erik Rühling

    I get what they are trying to do, but a little insight into the Tree mystery box would go a long way

  28. 5 out of 5

    (a)lyss(a)

    Not my favorite in the Trees volumes. Interested to dive back into the mystery and see where the rest of the story goes. This issue was a bit rushed for me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kirstin

    Meh.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Doug Peters

    I really liked the first two installments of this series, and I was thrilled to see it coming back after a long hiatus. I'm not exactly disappointed, but this volume had nothing in it that made the first two special. That said, I'll probably give it one more try (if there is a Vol. 4) to see if the authors were just starting fresh and building to a more satisfying world. Since this is a graphic novel, too, I wanted to mention the art. It's effective, though a little simple for my taste. I really I really liked the first two installments of this series, and I was thrilled to see it coming back after a long hiatus. I'm not exactly disappointed, but this volume had nothing in it that made the first two special. That said, I'll probably give it one more try (if there is a Vol. 4) to see if the authors were just starting fresh and building to a more satisfying world. Since this is a graphic novel, too, I wanted to mention the art. It's effective, though a little simple for my taste. I really like the quasi-impressionist and color-heavy art in series like Low, Descender, and Black Science.

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