It’s happened time and again. Human beings find some place they’ve never been before, mine it for resources/glory/whatever and wind up screwing with the Natural Order of Things. Terrible consequences follow and life as we know it gets a little bit more miserable. In Jeff Lemire’s new comic series Trillium, mankind faces extinction in the year 3797 as a result of the same awful pattern. The whole thing looks pretty hopeless. Of course, two crazy people—from different centuries, mind you—have to go and fall in love.
The first issue of Trillium, coming from DC's Vertigo imprint, hits comics shops and digital storefronts tomorrow and offers only the smallest of hopes of human survival. That glimmer comes in the form of 38th-Century scientist Nika Temsmith and 20th Century explorer William Pike, who mysteriously cross paths in the jungles of Peru. Trillium’s initial chapter comes as a flip book where Nika and William’s stories each take up half of the book, showing how they meet. It’s a neat trick, sure, but what really makes the book shine is its tautly drawn portraits of people trying to get what they want even if it’s something they shouldn’t have. I spoke to writer Jeff Lemire—who also writes Green Arrow for DC Comics— about the creator-owned Trillium and the superhero archer who’s now on a hit TV show.