“We are dragged back to Marcus’ attempt to bring down his nemesis, while at the same time, deciding which girl he wants to give his awkward teenage love to, oh and there’s a bit where they go to a rock concert. I mean, of course there’s a bit where they go to a concert. That’s what people did in the 80s; they plotted murder, then they went to a concert and moshed. Ask your mum.”
Kot’s references range from the more immediate to the very obscure referencing Klaus Kinski, Kurt Schwitter’s Merzbeau , Rumi and Hindu philosophy. Zero #11 taps more into the film almost visually referencing David Cronenberg in terms of the body horror or perhaps Ridley Scott in terms of the Alien homage experienced within the first few pages
Like its namesake, the story takes its time to grow, roots connecting with other character acts and developments, on the way to a singular connective endpoint. In short: Trees is series of microcosms based around a character reacting to the wake of gigantic tree-esque organisms that have infested the earth. Governments collapsed, new ones took form, cities were largely destroyed or became husks. There is no counting to what happened to every tree-site yet, but so far the negatives outweigh the positives for humanity.
The world has been taken over by monolithic tree-like structures that in their wake have destroyed large sections of the earth simply by impact or by their “natural” corrosive emissions. Civilisation within that destruction has become a diversified and more liberal state, human beings living on the fringes of sexuality, society, sanity and life itself.