New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lemire (Gideon Falls, Ascender) and artist Phil Hester (Shipwreck, Green Arrow) are teaming up for a new body horror series called The Family Tree, which will launch this November. And, it’s as bizarre as the title suggest:
In The Family Tree, an eight-year-old girl literally begins to transform into a tree, her single mom, troubled brother, and possibly insane grandfather, embark on a bizarre and heart-wrenching odyssey across the back roads of America in a desperate search for a cure to her horrifying transformation—before it’s too late.
Lemire tells us more about its inception and the themes he explored in a previous title he once wrote for DC Comics during their Nu52 remix from a few year back:
Family Tree has been a story that has been percolating for a long time. In a lot of ways it’s a return to the tone, and many of the themes, I explored with my Animal Man run; a look at the many horrors that can threaten to tear a family apart, and the bonds that keep them together in the face of unspeakable events.
I believe The Family Tree fit pretty squarely into both my and Jeff’s body of work in that it’s undeniably weird, sometimes grotesque, and occasionally violent. But underneath it all is the beating heart of a family that finds a way to stay a family under the most extreme circumstances.
Are you up for this? Given Lemire and Hester’s previous bodies of work, I know I am.
The Family Tree #1 will hit shelves on Wednesday, November 13th from Image Comics.