Ms. Tree #1 - One Mean Mother
(July 2019)

Titan, 2019 Series
 
Price
24.99 USD; 33.99 CAD; 21.99 GBP
Pages
268
On-sale Date
2019-09-04
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Suggested for mature readers
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Titan Comics
Brand
Hard Case Crime
ISBN
978-1-78773-051-9 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781787730519 52499
Editing
Charles Ardai (consulting editor); Jonathan Stevenson (collection editor); Mike Gold (editor - original series)
Color
Colour
Dimensions
Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy
Binding
Trade Paperback
Publishing Format
Collected Series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Ms. Tree / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Denys Cowan (painted)
Inks
Denys Cowan (painted)
Colors
Denys Cowan (painted)
Letters
typeset

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Michael Tree
Reprints

From the Pen of Max Allan Collins (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

credits, title page / 3 pages (report information)

Letters
typeset

Begin Here: An Introduction (Table of Contents: 3)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Max Allan Collins
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
We are not beginning at the beginning.

Indexer Notes

Recaps the publication history; Collins' decision not to reprint the series in chronological order; and why he chose to lead off with this group of stories.

Gift of Death (Table of Contents: 4)

Ms. Tree / comic story / 48 pages (report information)

Script
Max Allan Collins
Pencils
Terry Beatty
Inks
Terry Beatty
Colors
Tom Ziuko
Letters
Gary Kato

Job Number
G-5237
First Line of Dialogue or Text
I was sleeping.
Genre
crime; detective-mystery
Characters
Michael Tree; Dominique Muerta; Rafe Valler; Mike Tree Jr.; Lisa Muerta; Effie; Dan Green; Roger Freemont; Donnie Muerta; Barney Phillips
Synopsis
Dominique Muerta tries to make peace with Ms. Tree because her daughter Lisa has been dating Tree's stepson Mike Jr. Ms. Tree rejects the offer, but then Dominique is killed. Lisa hires Ms. Tree to find the killer. Ms. Tree takes the head of security job Dominique had offered her, to the surprise and consternation of Dominique's nephew, "Don Donnie," the new head of Muerta Enterprises. Tree determines Donnie is ultimately responsible for his aunt's death, but didn't explicitly order it. The killer confesses to her, but is killed by another of Donnie's men, whom she kills in turn.
Reprints

Drop Dead Handsome (Table of Contents: 5)

Ms. Tree / comic story / 48 pages (report information)

Script
Max Allan Collins
Pencils
Terry Beatty
Inks
Terry Beatty
Colors
Tom Ziuko
Letters
Gary Kato

Job Number
G-5240
First Line of Dialogue or Text
There was a time when I was very good at this.
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Michael Tree; Effie; William Powers; Melodie Powers; Linda DeCamp; Donnie Muerta; Rafe Valler; Roger Freemont; Dan Green
Synopsis
Ms. Tree runs into a high school sweetheart, William "Billy" Powers, who is now an unhappily married wealthy real estate tycoon. He is on the verge of divorce, and is having business problems. When his wife bursts in on them wielding a gun, Ms. Tree kills her in self-defense. As she investigates, however, she realizes Powers staged the whole scenario with the intent of having Tree kill his wife. She confronts him, and he claims he has fallen in love with her for real. He is then shot and killed by his executive assistant, who helped him with his scheme because she thought he loved her.
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The Family Way (Table of Contents: 6)

Ms. Tree / comic story / 48 pages (report information)

Script
Max Allan Collins
Pencils
Terry Beatty
Inks
Terry Beatty
Colors
Eric Kachelhofer
Letters
Gary Kato

Job Number
G-6967
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Michael Tree; Mike Tree Jr.; Lisa Muerta; Frankie "The Loon" Muerta (dies); Don Donnie Muerta; Jenny Starr; Mrs. Starr
Synopsis
"Uncle" Frankie Muerta kidnaps Lisa Muerta in order to force cousin Donnie to offer him a leadership position in the Muerta organization. Donnie wants him out of the way, but because he's family, doesn't want it traced to him. He hires Ms. Tree, knowing her stepson is dating Lisa. She finds Frankie and rescues Lisa, but then has to be saved by Mike Jr. Afterwards, a doctor checking her out at the hospital reveals to her that she's three months pregnant.
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Maternity Leave (Table of Contents: 7)

Ms. Tree / comic story / 48 pages (report information)

Script
Max Allan Collins
Pencils
Terry Beatty
Inks
Terry Beatty
Colors
Eric Kachelhofer
Letters
Gary Kato

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Michael Tree; Effie; Roger Freemont; Dan Green; William Powers Jr. (in flashback); Mike Tree Jr.; Don Donnie Muerta; Frankie the Loon (in flashback); William Powers Sr.; Vin (dies); Melodie Tree (introduction); Melodie Powers (in flashback)
Synopsis
Ms. Tree goes through the last few weeks of pregnancy. Members of the Powers family want to make sure her child is never born. To no avail, and Melodie Tree is born.
Reprints

One Mean Mother (Table of Contents: 8)

Ms. Tree / comic story / 56 pages (report information)

Script
Max Allan Collins
Pencils
Terry Beatty
Inks
Gary Kato
Colors
Eric Kachelhofer
Letters
Gary Kato

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Michael Tree; Melodie Tree; Mike Tree Jr.; Angie; Dan Green; Roger Freemont; Effie; Lt. Valer; Bryan Hand; Don Donnie; Stuart Symons; Jean-Claude (dies); Helga; Hans (dies); William Powers Sr. (dies)
Synopsis
Melodie, Ms. Tree's infant baby, is abducted. She and her friends track the child down, taking care of everyone who stands in the way.
Reprints

Ms. Tree (Almost) on Film (Table of Contents: 9)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Max Allan Collins
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the thirty-seven years since her first appearance Ms. Tree has attracted considerable Hollywood attention.

Indexer Notes

Recap of efforts to adapt Ms. Tree to film.

Inconvenience Store (Table of Contents: 10)

text story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Max Allan Collins
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
My pregnancy was pretty much uneventful, with the exception of the hostage situation.
Genre
detective-mystery

Indexer Notes

From 1994. Possibly a reprint but source not indicated, and not in the GCD by that title. Basis for the film Real Time: Siege at Lucas Street Market (2001).

Ms. Tree: Creator Bios (Table of Contents: 11)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
biography

Indexer Notes

Biographies of Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty.

Ms. Tree Graphic Novels (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Ms. Tree / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

She's about to be a mom but she's already one mean mother! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Ms. Tree / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Ms. Tree
  2. 1. From the Pen of Max Allan Collins
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. Begin Here: An Introduction
  5. 4. Gift of Death
    Ms. Tree
  6. 5. Drop Dead Handsome
    Ms. Tree
  7. 6. The Family Way
    Ms. Tree
  8. 7. Maternity Leave
    Ms. Tree
  9. 8. One Mean Mother
    Ms. Tree
  10. 9. Ms. Tree (Almost) on Film
  11. 10. Inconvenience Store
  12. 11. Ms. Tree: Creator Bios
  13. 12. Ms. Tree Graphic Novels
    Ms. Tree
  14. 13. She's about to be a mom but she's already one mean mother!
    Ms. Tree
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