GRAPHIC NOVELS

Family Tree. Vol. 1: The Sapling

Image. Jun. 2020. 96p. ISBN 9781534316492. pap. $9.99. Rated: Teen+. Mys
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Years after the disappearance of her husband, Loretta is still struggling to adjust to life as a single mother to teenage son, Josh, and eight-year-old daughter Meg, when Meg is suddenly afflicted by a strange rash that begins to transform her into a tree. The family soon finds themselves pursued by a group of vicious zealots determined to murder Meg in order to prevent an apocalypse; with nowhere else to turn, Loretta is forced to trust her estranged, possibly insane father-in-law. A mysterious healer in New York City offers shelter, but few answers as to Meg’s condition, especially as she begins to experience visions that hint at a mystical connection to others experiencing a similar transmutation. Lemire (Berserker Unbound. Vol. 1) balances a perceptive portrait of a family in crisis with propulsive action, perfectly suited to veteran illustrator Hester’s (Stronghold. Vol. 1) ability to present human drama as dynamically as he does brutal violence.
VERDICT The shocking twists and intriguing mysteries packed into this first volume of an ongoing series will have readers clamoring for future installments.

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