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“Despite the tragic scenarios, ruthless characterisations and high body count, this is a clever, funny affair steeped in the lore of detective fiction, dripping in the truly magical gratification that shows complete scum finally get what’s coming to them.” – Comics Review The collected casebooks of famed ‘80s private eye, Ms. Tree. When her private detective h “Despite the tragic scenarios, ruthless characterisations and high body count, this is a clever, funny affair steeped in the lore of detective fiction, dripping in the truly magical gratification that shows complete scum finally get what’s coming to them.” – Comics Review The collected casebooks of famed ‘80s private eye, Ms. Tree. When her private detective husband is murdered by the Muerta crime family, Ms. Tree takes over the business! Cold, calculating and tough as nails, no case is too small, no violence too extreme, so long as a mystery is solved… and Ms. Tree is paid. The creation of award-winning crime and comics writer Max Allan Collins (Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, Road to Perdition, Quarry’s War). Illustrated by co-creator and pulp legend Terry Beatty (Johnny Dynamite, Mike Danger, Rex Morgan M.D.) Collects five classic Ms. Tree stories for the first time since the ‘80s, plus the rare Ms. Tree prose story “Inconvenience Store”.


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“Despite the tragic scenarios, ruthless characterisations and high body count, this is a clever, funny affair steeped in the lore of detective fiction, dripping in the truly magical gratification that shows complete scum finally get what’s coming to them.” – Comics Review The collected casebooks of famed ‘80s private eye, Ms. Tree. When her private detective h “Despite the tragic scenarios, ruthless characterisations and high body count, this is a clever, funny affair steeped in the lore of detective fiction, dripping in the truly magical gratification that shows complete scum finally get what’s coming to them.” – Comics Review The collected casebooks of famed ‘80s private eye, Ms. Tree. When her private detective husband is murdered by the Muerta crime family, Ms. Tree takes over the business! Cold, calculating and tough as nails, no case is too small, no violence too extreme, so long as a mystery is solved… and Ms. Tree is paid. The creation of award-winning crime and comics writer Max Allan Collins (Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, Road to Perdition, Quarry’s War). Illustrated by co-creator and pulp legend Terry Beatty (Johnny Dynamite, Mike Danger, Rex Morgan M.D.) Collects five classic Ms. Tree stories for the first time since the ‘80s, plus the rare Ms. Tree prose story “Inconvenience Store”.

53 review for Ms. Tree: One Mean Mother

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Ms. Tree is a hard-boiled detective set in the modern day of the time (The 80's). It's great noir and I can't wait to read more. This is a curious collection though. Collins has cherry-picked 5 random issues from the 1990 DC run. The comic was published at several different houses during the 90's, Eclipse, Aardvark-Vanaheim, and Renegade Press before finally rolling over to DC. From an advertisement at the back, it looks like Titan is planning at least 5 volumes. I'm not sure why they just didn' Ms. Tree is a hard-boiled detective set in the modern day of the time (The 80's). It's great noir and I can't wait to read more. This is a curious collection though. Collins has cherry-picked 5 random issues from the 1990 DC run. The comic was published at several different houses during the 90's, Eclipse, Aardvark-Vanaheim, and Renegade Press before finally rolling over to DC. From an advertisement at the back, it looks like Titan is planning at least 5 volumes. I'm not sure why they just didn't print these in chronological order. Supposedly, these 5 stories constitute one big graphic novel even though the stories are all self contained and their only similarity is that they all deal with Ms. Tree's nemesis, the Muerta crime family. I would have liked to see some standard straight up detective noir thrown in, but Collins thinks this is his best work and wanted to get it out there first. Curiously, the covers were not included, but a short prose story was. The book is also printed in a smaller, non-standard comic book size.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Berry

    Without double-checking my floppies, this trade collects issues #1, 4, 7, 8, and 9 of “Ms. Tree Quarterly,” the follow-up series by DC to the fifty-issue series by a handful of smaller publishers. Boy, is it nice. I’m going to gripe a little in a sec, but just to see Ms. Tree reprinted at all, and in color, feels like Christmas. Thank you, TPTB. Before I gripe, if you’re a fan of hard-boiled detective fiction, buy this right now. Stop reading reviews. Just buy it. I cannot fathom anyb Without double-checking my floppies, this trade collects issues #1, 4, 7, 8, and 9 of “Ms. Tree Quarterly,” the follow-up series by DC to the fifty-issue series by a handful of smaller publishers. Boy, is it nice. I’m going to gripe a little in a sec, but just to see Ms. Tree reprinted at all, and in color, feels like Christmas. Thank you, TPTB. Before I gripe, if you’re a fan of hard-boiled detective fiction, buy this right now. Stop reading reviews. Just buy it. I cannot fathom anybody interested enough to find themselves reading this review could possibly be disappointed in Ms. Tree. You are in for a treat. Ms. Tree is a genuine ‘bad mother,’ and you’ve probably never even heard of her. She is poised to become one of your all time favorite characters. Now, far be it from me to second-guess TPTB, but I’d much rather they publish all of Ms. Tree chronologically. I read MAC’s justification (that sales for graphic novels usually trail off and in order for all of the issues to be hopefully published at some point it makes best business sense to start as strong as possible.) I’m a fan. The only reason I even knew of this book is because I periodically search the internet for Ms. Tree news. Usually, I’m disappointed. (How is she not a bigger deal in comics fandom or pop culture in general?!) But this smattering of issues is a wee bit disappointing. Michael Tree’s story is episodic but it’s also a great, early example of cohesive, long-form storytelling in comics. There is no Marvel Time here; there’s time. There’s no illusion of change; there’s change. And I’m not sure how these stories will read to fresh eyes (those lucky, lucky fresh eyes!) But, hey, if the numbers crunchers are right, by all means—do whatever you have to do to get these stories out into the world in this form and on my bookshelf. Another minor gripe: the size! Good things come in small packages, sure. The panels look squished onto the page, though. Beatty’s beautiful work deserves better. Here’s hoping this is a success and in a few years’ time I’ll be leaving a five star review for the Ms. Tree Omnibus coming out to capitalize on Cinemax’s highly-praised adaptation. Last gripe: the letters pages are missing. If you’ve read the floppies of Ms. Tree, you’ll know that hands down they are the best letters pages ever to see print. Would they be controversial to print nowadays? Sadly, yes. Does that mean they should not be reprinted? No! We need to stop memory-holing the past. No wonder people don’t think society has improved—they’re being sheltered from their own past. Max, Titan: please, when you publish the rest of Ms. Tree, have some stones and publish the letters. They’re fascinating. At least publish them as back matter. Michael Tree would approve, undoubtedly. Well, Ms.Tree is back. God bless, Titan Comics! Oh, and if you are one of those people that tweets about wanting strong female characters in comics, or any other medium for that matter, put your money where your mouth is and buy this book. No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, everyone can find something to love in these stories. Pure fun that’s not just for the fun of it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    Finally we get a top quality reprint of one of the best PI comics ever made. The only collections of this before being from the early 1980's and then nothing more. The series travelled to many a publisher and was much loved back when it was out but since then it has never been seen, and I really have no idea why! Taking stories from later on in her publishing career, probably because they are in colour and therefore more likely to pull in readers then the earlier B&W issues, this Finally we get a top quality reprint of one of the best PI comics ever made. The only collections of this before being from the early 1980's and then nothing more. The series travelled to many a publisher and was much loved back when it was out but since then it has never been seen, and I really have no idea why! Taking stories from later on in her publishing career, probably because they are in colour and therefore more likely to pull in readers then the earlier B&W issues, this is crime fiction at its very best. Ms Tree is a great character and these stories are just fabulous. Well done Titan for bringing them out and I hope that this is successful enough that they bring out all 5 (at least that is how many they have mooted) volumes

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    For those who are not really into graphic novels, you will change your mind when you read this one. It's everything you could want out of a Hardboiled graphic novel. Featuring a sort of "best of" Ms. Tree, a Hardboiled private eye comic that debuted in 1981. Ms. Tree is so tough and relentless you'd swear she's a female version of Spillane's Mike Hammer. You wouldn't be wrong. Collins, who wrote the Ms. Tree series is a big fan of Spillane. The storytelling here is fluid and easy to follow. The For those who are not really into graphic novels, you will change your mind when you read this one. It's everything you could want out of a Hardboiled graphic novel. Featuring a sort of "best of" Ms. Tree, a Hardboiled private eye comic that debuted in 1981. Ms. Tree is so tough and relentless you'd swear she's a female version of Spillane's Mike Hammer. You wouldn't be wrong. Collins, who wrote the Ms. Tree series is a big fan of Spillane. The storytelling here is fluid and easy to follow. The action is nonstop, as well as dark. And, Ms. Tree isn't some retro phase but a modern woman of the eighties, juggling career and motherhood. When's volume two coming out?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Glenn Garvie

    Very entertaining and tough 90s noir graphic novel collection of Collins’ series in a glossy Volume 1 format, with others on the way. Ms. Michael Tree is the no-nonsense PI that shoots first and maybe asks a question later. Great graphics support the five chronological episodes in this volume. And although the stories move a little too fast and don’t spend much time in detail, they are all rip roaring bloody fun. Cheers to Titan for restoring these lost gems and bringing them to a fresh audience Very entertaining and tough 90s noir graphic novel collection of Collins’ series in a glossy Volume 1 format, with others on the way. Ms. Michael Tree is the no-nonsense PI that shoots first and maybe asks a question later. Great graphics support the five chronological episodes in this volume. And although the stories move a little too fast and don’t spend much time in detail, they are all rip roaring bloody fun. Cheers to Titan for restoring these lost gems and bringing them to a fresh audience.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matt Clark

    Glad to have given this a shot as I can remember advertisements for Ms. Tree in other comics I was reading at the time, but this is definitely feeling its age. For all the violence and occasional sex, these stories come off as kind of quaint - some of that is likely trying to emulate serials but it gets rather goofy at moments. I don't have much to say about the art other than it's perfectly functional and I wonder if it could have been better as a black & white.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John

    Still one of the greatest mystery characters ever created. These stories are a bit heavy on revenge themes rather than mysteries, and they're slightly dated, but it's good to have them collected and back in print.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    Great art, good story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Not a huge fan of graphic novels

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    Andreas Bengtsson

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    Paul Motsuk

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    Brian

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    Anthony

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    Greg Trosclair

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    Andrew

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    Rob Schamberger

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    Charles Benson

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    Abraham O'Coffey

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    Jeremy Spaulding

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    Patrick

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    Jon Allen

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    Jay Kulpa

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    Tad

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    Michael Kitchen

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    John Keefauver

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    dreamer of art

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    David Lomas

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    Craig Pittman

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    Mike

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    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

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    SuperSillySerra

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    Todd Glaeser

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    Marianne

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    Brandon Brock

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