Ghost Tree
A touching graphic novel about love, loss, and how the past never truly stays dead.Seeking a refuge from an unhappy life, Brandt returns to his ancestral home in Japan to find a haunted tree and the departed souls that are drawn to it, including his Grandfather. Getting more involved with the tree's inhabitants he attempts to heal some of history's wounds but will he be able to find any measure of peace for himself when someone special from his past returns?

Ghost Tree Details

TitleGhost Tree
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 10th, 2019
PublisherIDW Publishing
ISBN-139781684055999
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Graphic Novels Comics

Ghost Tree Review

  • Kyriaki
    January 1, 1970
    Ξεκίνησε πολύ creepy, και ήταν πολύ ατμοσφαιρικό! Όμορφη ιστορία που μιλούσε για την απώλεια, αυτούς που πεθαίνουν και αυτούς που μένουν πίσω, το παρελθόν και τη δύναμη που έχει πάνω στο παρόν μας, ενώ για κάποιο λόγο μου θύμιζε και λίγο τον Ωκεανό στο τέλος του δρόμου. Θα ήθελα όμως να ήταν λίγο μεγαλύτερο!
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  • Dávid Novotný
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful, melancholic and sad story that will touch your heart, with little pinch of supernatural. Art is little rough, but nice. Very pleasant short read
  • Simon
    January 1, 1970
    What an absolute force, what a pleasant surprise, what a freaking book.Lushly illustrated with green hues all over, Ghost Tree is set, for the most part, in a Japanese forest where ghosts gather to voice their unrest and cling on to life, whatever it may be.It's tough to explain the magnificence of this mini-series without piling on quotes from it (the first pages of issue 4 are some of the most simplistically poignant writing and they spoke to me) or just endlessly praising the thick atmosphere What an absolute force, what a pleasant surprise, what a freaking book.Lushly illustrated with green hues all over, Ghost Tree is set, for the most part, in a Japanese forest where ghosts gather to voice their unrest and cling on to life, whatever it may be.It's tough to explain the magnificence of this mini-series without piling on quotes from it (the first pages of issue 4 are some of the most simplistically poignant writing and they spoke to me) or just endlessly praising the thick atmosphere Curnow and his partner in crime Simon Gane create.Both liberating and suffocating, the journey through this tale may be short but it talks about freedom and grief and love and the sum of all our moments, the way life ends and the way it carries on endlessly. It seems strange to see something so profound in a comic that's so light-hearted, closely resembling a Studio Ghibli offering or a Ray Bradbury short story. And yet it's all there, it's not a fluke, because for 4 issues Curno and Gane set the stage and follow through with heavy hitters about loves lost and moments missed. It's a punch in the gut and then some, especially as the ending sneaks up on you and devastates in a way that you don't even see coming.
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  • Jakub Kvíz
    January 1, 1970
    Ghost Tree je kratka, jednoducha, melancholicka zalezitost, ktera neurazi a v pripade, ze mate radi urcitej typ koncu, tak i nadchne (ctvrtou hvezdu davam vylozene za nej!).Pribeh je opravdu kratkej a je to spis takova pocitovka o lasce, zivote, smrti a hlavne o tom, ze clovek, kterej se prilis upina k minulosti, casto zapomina na pritomnost. Pokud mate chut na neco, co vas, podobne treba jako Daytripper, dovede k zamysleni, tak dejte sanci Ghost Tree.
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  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    Bittersweet story about the loss of love and family, with an unexpected ending that stole the show. Tbh, I expected the cheesy happily-ever-after ending and the comic earns a lot of credit for exactly not doing that. Finally, we need to start having slice-of-life comic books that are...realistic. Other than that, it doesn't stand out of hundrend of new-age SoL BDs with the same themes. Art is sweet, not my cup-of-tea though.
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  • Robin Bonne
    January 1, 1970
    The art is lovely, especially the panels with forest and foliage. I was going to give it three stars until I got to the ending, which was so perfect to the story that I had to bump my rating up to four.
  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4Current review score: 3.75
  • Oneirosophos
    January 1, 1970
    This... This is one of the best supernatural stories I've ever read!A true hidden gem, a masterpiece!!Must read for everyone!!!
  • Alexander Peterhans
    January 1, 1970
    A gentle, moving story about accepting life and death, about fighting for the life you want and not hiding from life, and about not always getting what you want. Dusted with a light (and not always convincing) sprinkling of the supernatural.I thought the ending regarding a certain evil was a bit rote, and felt underwritten. The actual emotional ending I thought was beautiful, and really moved me (which is not an easy task to achieve).I'm a fan of Simon Gane's art, and he does not disappoint. A gentle, moving story about accepting life and death, about fighting for the life you want and not hiding from life, and about not always getting what you want. Dusted with a light (and not always convincing) sprinkling of the supernatural.I thought the ending regarding a certain evil was a bit rote, and felt underwritten. The actual emotional ending I thought was beautiful, and really moved me (which is not an easy task to achieve).I'm a fan of Simon Gane's art, and he does not disappoint.(Read as four single issues.)
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  • Tom
    January 1, 1970
    I found this to be a wonderful surprise. The story is nothing earth shattering and new, but it’s well done. The characters come to life in a short time and leave you worried for their futures. The artwork is gorgeous. I’m looking forward to the rest of the run.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the lush greens of the art in this book. This is a reminder that even though we’re trying to heal ourselves and our own feelings of inadequacy, we can’t expect other people to always be on the same path as us. Brandt’s relationships with his family and his wife are complicated; even though he eventually finds the seemingly best way for him to heal, there’s no guarantee for how things will turn out. I loved this melancholy message. The ghosts themselves were full of fascinating stories - I loved the lush greens of the art in this book. This is a reminder that even though we’re trying to heal ourselves and our own feelings of inadequacy, we can’t expect other people to always be on the same path as us. Brandt’s relationships with his family and his wife are complicated; even though he eventually finds the seemingly best way for him to heal, there’s no guarantee for how things will turn out. I loved this melancholy message. The ghosts themselves were full of fascinating stories - I, like Brandt, wish I could have stayed longer with them.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Life doesn't always turn out the way you want, no matter what you do. But the ghosts have things to teach us...and we can teach them too. At the human level, this is a great story arc, truly transcending what it starts out as. The romantic in me wants an epilogue that reassures me, but that's not what the story is about.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    I like that the ending is not a happy one. I could do with more ghost time, but it was a nice read.
  • eHawk
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully illustrated, interesting story. Definitely one where I liked everyone else more than the main character.
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