1st look: Jeff Lemire's new Vertigo comic Trillium tells last love story ever

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Apr 29, 2019, 6:26 AM EDT (Updated)

How can a man from 1921 fall in love with a woman living in 3797? 

Vertigo, like any comic imprint, has its ups and downs. Lately, though, they've been knocking 'em out of the park with books like The Wake and Collider. And today we have a six-page preview of their next series, Trillium, written and drawn by one of our absolute favorite comic creators, Jeff Lemire.

If you like your science fiction with a little Twilight Zone sprinkled in for zest, then the plot for Trillium should prove a delicious one. From the official press release:

An epic and powerful love story, Trillium intertwines the lives of two souls separated by thousands of years and hundreds of millions of miles. William and Nika seem destined to meet and fall in love, but their love just might tear the universe apart. This isn’t just a love story; it’s the last love story ever told.

The Solider. 1921. Having faced death in the trenches of WW1, renowned English explorer William Pike now finds himself leading an expedition deep into the dangerous Peruvian jungle, in search of the ‘Los t Temple of the Incas’ and its mythical healing properties.

The Scientist. 3797. Dr. Nika Temsmith, Xeniologist, is attempting communication with an indigenous population near a remote science station near the outermost rim of colonized space. These strange life forms might hold the key to human survival, but no party has survived initial contact.

Even though science fiction set in space isn't the usual for Lemire, the rest of this concept is an absolute Lemire standard. The hope and sadness are already palpable just from the description. What we're saying is -- we're excited.

The first issue is due out next week on Aug. 7 and, what's more, it's "an oversized flip-book with two covers and two separate but connected stories." So, basically, you can start with either WIlliam or Nika and see where the story takes you.

If you're still not convinced (what's wrong with you?), here are three pages of story each for William and Nika, along with two covers to sell you on picking up the first issue. You should. Oh, and, if you do and you find yourself wanting more of the same? Pick up another story by Lemire called The Underwater Welder. You will not be disappointed.