Trillium TP Jeff Lemire Vertigo 1st print NM cond Sci-Fi done right!


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Trillium Paperback – (DC COMICS – VERTIGO) by Jeff Lemire (Author, Illustrator), Jose Villarrubia (Colorist)

Award-winning and fan favorite comics creator Jeff Lemire spins the tale of two star-crossed loved through space in time in TRILLIUM!

It’s the year 3797, and botanist Nika Temsmith is researching a strange species on a remote science station near the outermost rim of colonized space.

It’s the year 1921, and renowned English explorer William Pike leads an expedition into the dense jungles of Peru in search of the fabled “Lost Temple of the Incas,” an elusive sanctuary said to have strange healing properties.

Two disparate souls separated by thousands of years and hundreds of millions of miles. Yet they will fall in love and, as a result, bring about the end of the universe. Even though reality is unraveling all around them, nothing can pull them apart. This isn’t just a love story, it’s the LAST love story ever told.

Collects TRILLIUM #1-8.
Paperback: 192 pages

Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Jeff Lemire is the creator of the acclaimed monthly comic book series SWEET TOOTH published by DC/Vertigo and the award winning graphic novel ESSEX COUNTY published by Top Shelf. He also writes ANIMAL MAN, FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. and SUPERBOY for DC Comics. In 2008 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist, and The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent. He also won the American Library Association’s prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. In 2010 Essex County was named as one of the five Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. In 2013 Lemire published the graphic novel THE UNDERWATER WELDER (Top Shelf). He currently lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.


“For writer/artist Jeff Lemire, his new Vertigo series TRILLIUM isn’t just an exercise in stretching his sci-fi muscles; it’s an exercise in stretching the boundaries of his creativity and artistic talent.”—Nerdist

“When you get to the last page of TRILLIUM, you can’t help but think “wow.” This is an exciting and original work that deserves your attention and your dollars. Buy TRILLIUM.”—IGN

“If Lemire has adopted the quicker pacing of his recent works, he still knows when to pan the camera back and let his layouts project the vivid imagination bustling inside of him. And that’s what makes TRILLIUM such a special work: this is a piece of an artist pulled from a deep place nobody’s ever seen before. And for Lemire to share that, all we can say is thank you.”—Paste Magazine

“Lovely and terribly enjoyable.”—Comic Book Resources

“This is sci-fi at its finest, an amalgam of everything we love—time travel, space, alien races and of course the most important element of how humans process these stirring events.”—Aint’ It Cool News

All the accolades celebrating this book are accurate – it is a very special work.

To briefly summarize, Trillium is a story that takes place in both 1921 and 3797. William Pike is a soldier trying to find himself again after the Great War, and Nika Tensmith is a scientist trying to use the plant called Trillium to develop a vaccine against a sentient virus that has eradicated humanity throughout the universe. Both are examining a temple, though time and space separates them. Through a cosmic convergence, they are united, torn apart, replaced, and united yet again all while trying to stave off the deadly approaching virus.

I’ve heard some call Trillium a love story, and that is as good a label as any, I suppose. But Trillium is so much more than that. Trillium certainly celebrates the “love at first sight” aspect of these characters, but it also renews our faith in the tenacious human spirit, our capability to stand together and overcome insurmountable obstacles, and our willingness to sacrifice for the good of others. It speaks to the beauty of bonding with one another, the despair of abandonment, and the desire to become something “more.”

This book truly moved me in all of the ways I’ve mentioned, but it also impressed me through a purely technical aspect. Trillium is, plainly stated, a perfectly constructed, paced, and executed book. The panels’ layouts are brilliant and the structure is astounding. Lemire plays with order and sequence in a fresh, innovative way that both challenges and delights the reader.

Furthermore, Lemire defies genre at every opportunity. It features trench warfare. It has futuristic vehicles. It offers Peruvian natives. It uses an alien species. It even tosses in a little steampunk at one point. The book consists of many elements, many different kinds of story, yet it all blends together to deliver a unique, provocative, engrossing tale.

Trillium really is unlike any other. Students of the medium will gain much from studying this work, and lovers of story will be utterly satisfied.


Near mint, 1st print. Features 2 pages detailing Lemire’s art process and 1 page dedicated to decoding the alien language found in the book.