If the story of Rhode Island founder Roger Williams getting eaten by an apple tree in his grave intrigues you, then this new Image Comics series will definitely strike your fancy. Launching in November, The Family Tree is a new, ongoing horror series by author Jeff Lemire (Gideon Falls, Ascender) and critically-acclaimed artist Phil Hester (Shipwreck, Green Arrow), as well as Eric Gapstur and Ryan Cody.
The Family Tree follows a family forced to deal with a truly strange and traumatic situation. When an eight year-old girl literally begins to transform into a tree, her single mom, troubled brother, and possibly insane grandfather embark on a journey across American back roads in a desperate search for a cure. But will they find one before it’s too late? The farther the family gets from home, the more threats they face, from fanatical cults to mercenaries to paparazzi.
“Family Tree has been a story that has been percolating for a long time,” said Lemire in a statement. “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.”
Hester added, “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.”
The Family Tree #1(Diamond Code SEP190021) will hit stores on Wednesday, November 13. It can be pre-ordered with your local comic shop or purchased across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play. Check out the cover art below.