Comic Review: Family Tree Vol. 1: Sapling (Image Comics)

Image Comics releases a graphic novel about a mysterious bloodline which happens to turn every family member into a tree in Family Tree on its first volume. So here’s a […]

Image Comics releases a graphic novel about a mysterious bloodline which happens to turn every family member into a tree in Family Tree on its first volume.

So here’s a bizarre and horror comic that makes every other Image comic so disturbing, and this is one of them. Family Tree is more than just a scary story than the virus itself, but the scariest thing is to generate some DNA cells to produce photosynthesis and makes them a tree. The story is written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, and Ryan Cody. And this comic would be much disturbing as if you read the alternate version of Farmhand or Ghost Tree from IDW, this story would change everything from the readers’ expectations.

The front cover shows a girl’s face while showing the roots of her hair, scattered everywhere throughout the background of the cover. What makes it so weird is that the roots of her hair show any sign of her transformation to become a tree. Now, everyone thinks that this is a disease but what of her parents or family, do they experience that kind of change throughout their lives. Now I feel bad about the girl whatsoever, but seriously, have you ever see that kind of disease that can transform anyone into stone, frozen solid, or a tree? let’s find out. The story starts when a mother of the daughter and a troublesome son named Loretta was working in a supermarket as a cashier, right until she got a call from school about her son, by the time before she went there with her daughter, she notices some kind of rash on her daughter’s arm as if there’s something creeping through her skin, its not normal for that, I thought that she got burned or something scarred her.

Even when her infection isn’t worse enough her back is growing some kind of a root, like a tree. However, there’s a group who is trying to kill her, right until some old man who happens to be their grandfather on this comic to save the day. As a matter of fact, the whole disease is rare than having Poison Ivy develop a drug to turn humans into trees, or maybe turn humans into a dollar tree, but instead of the leaves it’s money. The girl suddenly has some vision of her inside the tree, right when she reunites with her father, it’s hard to believe that he left his family because that disease, his wife didn’t believe all of that because it’s unbelievable for to know that disease is some kind of fantasy. Do they even have a choice? Loretta may be the worst mother of all, even so, they need to protect the girl at all costs, even if it takes to find a way to save her.

The story is kind of dark from the get-go, but having such a difference to have a disease which is impossible to cure. How will she meet the same fate as her father or one of her family members? By the way, doesn’t this comic seem too familiar from the pandemic, I’m not being racist, but imagine if there’s a family member from Wuhan, China who originally has that kind of disease, who would be someone to be infected? Aside from the Ebola or the Bubonic plague, is there’s any source that this disease right now would start spreading before these asshats traveled abroad? Anyway, the story is dark and somehow it reflects on what’s going on right now, but the world is not the end yet, we’re still alive and staying safe for all that matters. The designs of the human being that is being transformed into a tree are more than I watched season two of Korra with a prequel story of Avatar Wan. Even so, the action of this comic seemed to become more serious because the story takes you to a different dimension where the hero is trying to save their family. I think it’s an amazing comic to read, if you rather want to read something dark and reflect of the disease right now, then this is for you.

About Kevin Bermeo

I'm a New Yorker Artist, and I traveled a lot. I enjoy making comics, illustrations, paintings, and digital art. Besides drawing, I'm also a writer, I used to be a Gamer, and I love adventures, food, and dragons.