Family Tree Volume:1 Trade Paperback: Marky Mark’s Capsule Review

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Title:  Family Tree Vol. 1 Trade Paperback

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer: Jeff Lemire

Art: Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, & Ryan Cody

Letterer: Steve Wands

Cover Artist: Phil Hester 

Review:  ★★★★☆

 

Let me start off by saying I’ve enjoyed Phil Hester’s artwork ever since he did the run on Green Arrow with Kevin Smith. His use of darks and graphic design is generally eye pleasing and entertaining to watch as the story unfolds. Just about every page he lays out gives him the opportunity to extend the boundaries of each panel. Every page is different then the last. Sometimes the characters extend beyond the normal borders where they should probably stay inside the four squares. Granted, it’s the book’s story that has carries the weight…The book opens up by saying,”Looking back, it’s easy to see when it started…THE END OF THE WORLD.” It supports Phil art tremendously. It’s well known that the world is currently fighting a battle with the virus COVID-19. This book was produced before the world went into mass panic. The story starts with a family consisting of a single mother, a daughter and a teenage son. The concept of The Family Tree is more relevant then we could imagine. This story has it’s plot device, which is more “comic book” then reality. What Jeff Lemire does brilliantly, is at the end of each chapter/issue(if you buy them separate) is give us a fantastic reveal or cliffhanger. After a four issue run the series gives us…well questions upon questions. It also provides the necessary cliffhanger to have us craving more from this story.

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