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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  4,068 ratings  ·  494 reviews
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
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Vertigo
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Jan Philipzig
High-concept science fiction meets pulpy explorer adventure in this creator-owned effort by Jeff Lemire, and as the narrative progresses, the boundary between highbrow and lowbrow entertainment gradually dissolves - as do many other boundaries: the ones between us and them, now and then, here and there... I generally tend to enjoy the deconstruction of concepts such as genre, time and identity, but what makes Trillium such a uniquely transcendental reading experience is the way in which the comi ...more
Sam Quixote
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
In the 38th century humanity is on the ropes. A sentient virus called The Caul is wiping us out and only a few thousand humans remain, pushed far away from Earth in a desperate bid for survival. On a distant planet called Atabithi, botanist Nika Tensmith believes she has found the cure in a native flower called Trillium but needs to win over the inhabitants, who protect their crop within a temple compound, to harvest enough for a cure.

Just as The Caul begins to make it’s way to their spacelab,
mark monday
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romantica, comicon
If you like straightforward constructions, architecture that is pleasing to the eye and that makes sense, a building that is not pretending to be anything other than a building, hallways straight and doors easily opened... then this is not the book for you. If you like a little Gaudi, a little Sarah Winchester, a lot of whimsy, a folly disguised as a building, hallways crooked and doors that resist opening and when they do, sometimes lead to nowhere... then this is your book.

Trillium is above al
Dave Schaafsma
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
A sci-fi romance, filled with lots of attractions. A woman from 3727 and a guy from 1921 (on an expedition to the Lost Temple of the Incas) meet, there's time travel, and too many spoilers going on to even write a decent review since almost no one reading this will have read it (thanks, Greg Mannix!). But it involves the telling of two tales, one hers, one his, and you have to sometimes proceed forward and sometimes backwards, you sometimes have to turn it upside down to read the other story… wh ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mind-boggling tale of interstellar love and multiversity, in watercolor.
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, weird
This was... It was something. Weird, trippy, mind bending, all of that. It has travel in time and relative dimension in space (I had to, just deal with it) and alternate realities and a sentient, malicious virus and... And yet, somehow, with all of that going on, it doesn't feel overcrowded, or like any of the concepts are being shortchanged. That alone is quite a feat.

But, and this is where I get kind of shallow... I don't really care for Lemire's art. I can't really explain why, exactly, it ju
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great sci-fi story. Lemire's art is a little weird but like Sweet Tooth it fits the story. ...more
Anthony Vacca
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Time-hopping shenanigans, a persistent and rather dickish sentient mega-virus, World War I horror paired with far-distant space age hopelessness, reality-bending flowers, blue alien natives with a mystical Incan vibe, a droll A.I., roughly drawn yet weirdly attractive star-crossed leads, all of this and probably more that I am forgetting about go into the comic book crockpot and make for an alluring puzzle of high-concept science fiction. While no curtains are really ever hoisted aside for momen ...more
'kris Pung
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow what a trippy books this is, I'll probably need to read it a few more times to fully comprehend what exactly is happening but what I got from it is just awesome. This book is just fun w/ a capitol "F" and the whole time I couldn't help but think that this premise would make a great sci-fi movie. If you're looking for an unexpected sci-fi love story (yes at it's core it's a love story) this is the book for you. ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have been a fan of Lemire since I read his fabulous The Complete Essex County years ago and have been following his creator owned work ever since. I must admit that I have not followed his mainstream comic work but that is more about my overall dissatisfaction with the big 2 than the work of Lemire.
His art style is tighter than his earlier work but is on par with his fantastic P/A series Sweet Tooth, Vol. 1: Out of the Deep Woods although it is still much looser than most super hero pencils(gu
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, vertigo
Two words.

Mind. Fuck.

That pretty much sums up this book. Ever since Essex County I have been a pretty solid Jeff Lemire fan (us Canadians gotta stick together). His Sweet Tooth comic, to this day, is one of my all time faves.

So...Trillium. I guess when you boil it all down the base ingredient is that it is a love story. A really, really tripped out love story. You see there's this flower...and then there are these differing time lines, there are aliens with...aww fuck...who am I kidding. I don'
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, graphic-novel
Trillium is a reality-bending science fiction filled with great ideas. Nika is a scientist from a future where a sentient disease destroys humanity; William is a traumatized ex-soldier in early 20th-century Britain. They meet in a hidden temple and form a connection strong enough to rewrite space and time.

I loved how creative Trillium was. Despite mixed execution, I wouldn’t mind having this one in hardcover to reread it soon.
May 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Lemire has always been consistently good (not quite great) in the past. I think this is his first major fumble (I've read all his published books except some of his DC stuff).

The book has an attractive look and the color definitely brings out the best in Lemire's unique, sketchy artwork.

I hated the flipped format of reading the book. I understand it aesthetically and it introduces a physical element to the story-telling. The reader can get disoriented and physically feel the strange time/space-
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Not quite ugly artwork, but not super either.
Not quite great storyline, but not awful either.

This is the epitome of a middle of the pack book. However, I'd rather read these types of books every day than the sub-standard shit the folks and Capes and Tights sometimes put out.

Lemire isn't bad, but the last few of his I've read are rapidly lowering my opinion of his talents...JL Canada, this, Constantine Vol. 1...

I think there's an interesting premise he's trying to get to here, but he never reache
"My father used to tell me that we were all made of stars. That each of us had one inside us and when we die, that light goes up and mixes with all the other stars. That way we never have to be alone. 'Cause no matter what happens, we all end up together."
Jeff Lemire continues to impress me with his complete control over the comic book medium and his refusal to be constrained by its conventions, limitations, and what people have come to expect. What he does here is assemble a romance
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Lemire excels in telling small-scale, grounded stories about ordinary, psychologically distraught people. His previous 'indie' graphic novels "Essex County", "The Nobody" and the "Underwater Welder" are all emotionally resonant pieces of work that are rightly highly regarded by fans and peers alike.

However, with "Trillium", he has made his first real miscalculation in this arena. Quite frankly, it is a jumbled mess from start to finish. I'm a strong proponent of creators flexing their creative
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, sci-fi
I enjoy a good sci-fi story. The scope of this ambitious comic is impressive. Does it pull it off? No, not completely. But I give him credit for having tried and for the originality of the story.

"Trillium" is part sci-fi adventure and part love-story. Sounds strange, but it works. There are two stories here, both from different timelines (1921 in one, 3797 in another). In the future, there was a devastating sentient virus known as the "Caul" that has nearly wiped out humanity and Nike Temsmith l
Dov Zeller
I enjoyed this as I was reading it. It's fast-paced, the art is great, the characters are interesting. But I'm not a big sci-fi person, and wasn't sure what to do with the whole Inca temple = blue aliens = black hole situation. There was this kind of "primitive peoples" = "most advanced peoples" motif, which, whether or not it means to be objectifying, winds up being objectifying and a little nonsensical.

Also, then to add drugs and romance and a sentient virus in there, and you have a serious s
Elizabeth A
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphix, 2015
This graphic novel has some of everything: science fiction, romance, first contact, dystopia, and mythology. Our main characters are Nika Temsith, a botanist in the year 3797, and William Pike, an explorer in the year 1921. Oh, then there is the lost Lost Temple of the Incas. And a blue Goddess. Their paths will cross and they will affect each other in unimaginable ways. OK, I just realized that I cannot explain this one adequately, so you'll just have to read it.

One of the really wonderful thin
Nessie McInness
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Trillium is 2 things: A futuristic time travel story, and a romance. No, not Sophie Kinsella. Think Romeo and Juliet. Futuristic girl meets 20's soldier and they fall in love. Which is great but some unfortunate time travel happens mixed with blue alien goodness and they are struggling to meet again.

The story is brilliant, I hate myself for buying the issues instead of the TPB, as it was hard (very hard!) to finish one and have to wait for the rest. Fortunately the local comic book shop didn't s
Dominic Tiberio
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I loved this far more than I should have for a fairly mediocre story. I am a huge fan of Jeff Lemire's art style and while his writing is never amazing it is always competent and occasionally shines in places, Trillium definitely doesn't depart from that tradition. Jeff uses a cool mechanic/gimmick where you are often flipping the book around which jumps you through time or into another character's eyes and while it doesn't directly make the story better it does have some great effects on the re ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
That was great! Like always with Lemire works. I enjoy the way it play with perspective and canvas. Great work!
Disappointing, overall. I liked aspects of it, and some aspects of it at least attempt to make unconventional (if not innovative) use of page design, but it suffers, as does much SF by people who aren't really SF writers (I know Lemire has done a lot of comics with fantastical/SFnal premises, but that's not really the same thing), from a lack of real depth to its imagined world. This is perhaps reflected in the supplementary materials on world-building, which cover, basically, an alien alphabet ...more
Joe Young
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jeff Lemire - artist

The year is 3797. Nika Tensmith is a scientist desperately seeking a cure for a sentient virus sweeping across the galaxy.

The year is 1921. William Pike is an ex-soldier, obsessed with returning to the Amazon jungle and the mysterious temple hidden within.

In a mystical, philosophical romance that stretches across thousands of years, Lemire intertwines the lives and loves of these two characters in a complicated sci-fi opera that will determine the fate of the human race.

Stewart Tame
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the better SF comics I've read! A woman from 3797 and a man from 1921 find their lives intertwined when they investigate a mysterious temple. This GN displays its pulp roots proudly, and the result is a delightful adventure with some quite clever storytelling techniques on the part of Mr. Lemire. He maintains a high level of quality throughout, and doesn't cop out on the ending. Highly worth reading! ...more
Vincent Desjardins
Originally serialized over the course of 8 comic books, "Trillium" is author/illustrator Jeff Lemire’s attempt at a sci-fi love story. The concept is intriguing - alien temples, located throughout the galaxy, including one in the jungles of Earth, act as teleportation devices through time. Nika, a scientist from the year 3797 and William, a WWI vet in the year 1921 are brought together when they each enter one of the temples. From that moment on, their lives become intertwined and not just roman ...more
Bryan Alexander
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm a space opera fiend and also a comics reader, so anything combining these naturally draws my attention. Trillium succeeds on both of these counts as imaginative space opera and very well done graphic nvel.

The plot concerns an anthropologist of the 38th century, part of an endangered human species seeking to escape a killer plague. The surviving humans have paused on a lonely planet near a black hole. Nika's working on a curious temple and its caretaker aliens, until a crisis drives her to pu
Get X Serious
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I think maybe this was a bit over ambitious.

Don't get me wrong. I love Jeff Lemire. But the whole suspension of disbelief for this one was a little too much. Like, somehow there's a sentient space virus that is traveling between solar systems at like, insane speeds, much faster than the speed of light. And there's some sort of time travel/dimension hopping thing happening because of a flower and also a black hole but also because there's some sort of hidden machinery under all these Incan temple
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lemire makes great use of the graphic novel medium to give a new and interesting story in the sci-fi genre. You'll read Trillium and be tested as a read and come out better for it. It's not quite your standard conventional comic, but it's not too different to make your head hurt. Definitely worth a read. ...more
Rituraj Kashyap
Liked the concept and also the upside down chapter, but storywise it seemed lacking. The romance felt forced.
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Jeff Lemire is a New York Times bestselling and award winning author, and creator of the acclaimed graphic novels Sweet Tooth, Essex County, The Underwater Welder, Trillium, Plutona, Black Hammer, Descender, Royal City, and Gideon Falls. His upcoming projects include a host of series and original graphic novels, including the fantasy series Ascender with Dustin Nguyen.

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