Trillium by Jeff Lemire
A super trippy space adventure/love story. I didn’t really know much about this book when I picked it up in the store, other than having heard it was getting good reviews. But I was in the middle of a Sci fi binge and one flick through sold it to me.
It was just what I was in the mood for, though just what it is I still can’t put my finger on. It follows a scientist in 3797 and a soldier in 1921 who are both looking for a temple. But shit get’s weird! There is aliens, time travel, a threat facing the whole of the human race. Now, in a lot of circumstances that could only mean a disaster of a story, but some how Lemire manages to pull it off.
The world he creates is really vivid, especially the alien race and their language (one regret is I would have like to see even more of them than we got to glimpse throughout the story). This is supported by stunning art work, seriously, I think it’s the best art I’ve seen in a new book this year. And as well as being visually appealing it plays a key role in telling the narrative of the story. Colour styles change for different times and perspectives, panels break down or mirror themselves changing the way you engage with the book.
The plot never seemed to go where I thought it would, like it kept throwing me off it’s trail. And under it all it is a very human story about two broken people who despite all odds find each other.
(Books read in 2014 #58)