Make Me Stay With Trees: Three Fates #3

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

Kiara is seeing her late husband, Sasha, standing in front of the Tree. Kiara runs inside and is convinced she’s gone mad. Sasha appears there too, and Kiara begins to just accept it. Elsewhere, a man named Oleg lies bleeding on the floor of his garage. His wife, Darya, finds him there. Oleg is in trouble with Mik and Nina, but Darya has little sympathy for him. She’s tired of being mistreated by the unfaithful Oleg. Darya leaves him, and we learn how Oleg is connected to the murder at the Tree.

Trees: Three Fates #3 cover by Jason Howard
Trees: Three Fates #3 cover by Jason Howard

Trees: Three Fates #3 focuses less upon Kiara and instead shows us the murder at the Tree. We learn who the perpetrators were, but we still don’t know the motive or its significance to the town.

After the scene with Darya and Oleg, we watch as the information spreads throughout the town. A man sees Darya leaving the bleeding Oleg, the man tells others, and those others act on the information. In the end, it comes back to Oleg, though I won’t spoil how.

Kiara’s emotional tumult still has a large presence in the comic, of course. Her guilt over the death of Sasha still haunts her daily, and she’s never properly grappled with it. Now it’s coming back to her in visions of Sasha that may turn out to be more than just mere visions.

Trees: Three Fates #3 art by Jason Howard and Dee Cunniffe with letters from Fonografiks
Trees: Three Fates #3 art by Jason Howard and Dee Cunniffe with letters from Fonografiks

Jason Howard’s artwork continues to be expressive, evocative, and atmospheric. His ability to craft the town and its characters never ceases to amaze. The grittiness and texturing he can imbue is brilliant as well. The color art is moody and gives the book the perfect ambiance.

Trees: Three Fates #3 is another dry and low-energy installment for this Trees revival. We still don’t know the significance of this particular murder or how it connects to the wider world of Trees (if it does at all), but Warren Ellis remains an endlessly compelling comic book scribe, and I find myself eagerly awaiting each new issue of Three Fates. Needless to say, this one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

Trees: Three Fates #3 comes to us from writer Warren Ellis, artist and cover artist Jason Howard, color flatter Dee Cunniffe, and letterer Fonografiks.

Final Score: 8/10

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