THE WHITE TREES #1 by Chip Zdarsky, Kris Anka, & Matt Wilson
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Three brutal warriors have aided in keeping peace among the land for over twenty years against a group called the Trilonians. But when their children go missing, it seems war may be brewing on the horizon. Writer Chip Zdarsky along with artist Kris Anka and colorist Matt Wilson present THE WHITE TREES #1
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THE NEVER-ENDING STORY MEETS GOD OF WAR
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Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to leave an old life behind, it has an odd way of catching up with you. In THE WHITE TREES #1 by writer Chip Zdarsky (DAREDEVIL), artist Kris Anka (MARVEL’S RUNAWAYS) and colorist Matt Wilson (PAPER GIRLS), we’re transported to the beautifully detailed world of Blacksand. Three brutal warriors have aided in keeping peace among the land for over twenty years against a group called the Trilonians. However, when their children go missing, it seems war may be brewing on the horizon. Now, reunited by a common bond, can they put the past aside long enough to find their kids or will it tear them apart?

THE WHITE TREES #1

WHITE TREES #1 is a two-part mini-series the first is titled: THIS IS DEATH. It’s a compelling tale mixed with fantasy, mystery, and old memories set in a peaceful continent where humans coexist among cat-like people, elves, and other mystical creatures. On the surface, it’s a tale about three warriors looking for their kids. conversely, if you look deeper, it’s about dealing with consequences from your past, embracing loss, and second chances.

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Zdarsky and Anka reunite to bring us a days of old mystery fantasy. They search high and low through different territories where along the way, one of the main protagonist Krylos reflects on negative times with his daughter. The book has a NEVERENDING STORY meets GOD OF WAR vibe with a lot less of the brooding violence (which is still left to be determined). The first chapter does a superb job of setting up the plot.

The Last of a Dying Breed

Zdarsky has created some very unique and engaging characters in this story. First, there’s’ Sir Krylos the bold, a solider of war turned farmer. His daily routine is just planting tartan flowers and grain. Furthermore, he hasn’t had the best relationship with his son since the passing of his wife. It’ll be interesting to see how long before he trades in his sickle for a sword again.

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Second, there’s Sir Dahvlan the Swift, a cat-like muscular man with a hot-headed temper who swings a mean battering ax. Sir Scotiar of Blacksand is a character that serves as Dahvlan’s partner/co-parent but also as peace keeper for Dahvlan. The only small flaw in this issue is we don’t get introduced to any of the Trilonians. Perhaps Zdarsky has an epic entrance planned for them in the next chapter.

Kris Anka & Matt Wilson

Anka brings the world of Blacksand to life with his rich and vigorous pencil work. His distinct detail in the characters gives them an incredible look that coincides greatly with the story. From Krylos’s grey beard and piercing blue eyes to the king’s scratches on his face, their features help sell the plot. In addition to his artistic facial work, his backgrounds are breathtaking. My favorite panel is of our three main characters looking upon the king’s thrown with flames around him.

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Wilson’s color choices here definitely bring the world of Blacksand to life. I love how they make the environment feel like it’s existed a long time. Another great  quality about his color scheme is the easy distinction between the flashbacks, backstories, and present day. It also helps to bring out the true essence of the characters.

On to the Next Chapter of THE WHITE TREES

THE WHITE TREES #1 is an incredible book that builds up a great plot for things yet to come. With a team like Zdarsky, Anka, and Wilson at the helm, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next chapter. They set up an ingenious first half so hopefully the next keeps us as much engaged as the first. THE WHITE TREES #1 is definitely worth picking up.

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