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The Underwater Welder Paperback – August 7, 2012
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About the Author
"New York Times" bestselling author Jeff Lemire is an award-winning writer and artist of the acclaimed literary graphic novels"Essex County, " "The Underwater Welder, The Nobody, Sweet Tooth, " and "Trillium", as well as the mainstream comic book series Green Arrow, Animal Man, Justice League, and Moon Knight. He is the writer of All-New Hawkeye, Extraordinary X-Men, and Old Man Logan for Marvel, Descender and Plutona for Image Comics, Black Hammer for Dark Horse, and Bloodshot Rebord for Valiant, as well as the artist for "A.D.: After Death" in collaboration with Scott Snyder. He lives with his family in Toronto.
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Top Customer Reviews
Jack moves back to his small Canadian hometown with his wife Suzie, who is 9 months pregnant. Things look fine with his exotic job as an underwater welder on an offshore oil rig until one day at work when Jack is visited by the ghost of his long dead father, a salvage diver in these same waters. As he struggles to come to grips with his visions, we gradually realize that Jack is a man haunted by his past. Through a series of very well done flashbacks, we learn about Jack's childhood, his divorced parents, and why Jack has a particularly difficult time with the holiday of Halloween.
Jeff Lemire captures the subtle mood and lonely feel of a small Canadian maritime town perfectly, and the underwater scenes are simply breathtaking. The eerie story drew me in immediately, and sweeps along with weird twists and turns coming at such a rate that I couldn't put it down. With The Underwater Welder, Jeff Lemire redefines the boundries of the graphic novel yet again. Rod Serling would be proud.
Jeff Lemire's impressive comics career has really taken off in the last couple years with his brilliant creator-owned "Sweet Tooth" series for Vertigo, his one-off book "The Nobody", and signing on to DC's New 52 reboot series "Animal Man" and "Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE", and he continues this successful streak with the excellent story of "The Underwater Welder". It reads a lot like a Twilight Zone episode with supernatural elements creeping into the story early on before totally submerging it (pun intended) and taking the reader with it.
Lemire's line-work in his art is perfectly suited to the ghostly story presented here with many disturbing elements such as Joseph's father's alcoholic face staring out of an obituary page to the reader or the surreal experiences Joseph experiences under the waves. The parallels between Joseph and his father's life is also haunting as Lemire merges the two into an intertwining and complex storyline that adds to the feeling of unease this reader felt as the story unfolded.Read more ›
The novel has many of Lemire's themes and characters archetypes also present in other of his works: the role of memory in your present life, the thin line separating past and present in people's memories and emotions, lonely alienated characters who want to connect emotionally but are progressive frustrated by their lack of success at doing so, the line the separates reality from non reality.
The novel also shows again Lemire's drawing mastery and graphic versatility to convey into images stories and situations that are far from easy or straight forward to depict. Also common to Lemire are his wonderful landscape composition, and the framing and composition of his vignettes.
The novel reads easily and with gusto, and is very intriguing. However, it has a predictable ending that you can sense from half way the novel. Perhaps the tempo of the novel should have been different and some of the information provided at the beginning omitted so the reader would have had less clues to unveil the mystery. Having said so, the story is intriguing enough and odd enough to keep you interested. The characters are well sketched psychologically, especially Jack, although sometimes the reader, or at least me, wanted to know more about Susie.Read more ›
The story does not have the broad scope or multiple perspectives of the exceptional "Essex County" series, but it does have some of the best art in a Lemire work. It's well worth the read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The characters were well developed, and I actually kind of liked the style of the artwork, but the story left me wanting a little bit more. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thomas
Solid graphic novel about an underwater welder on an oil rig who has a pregnant girlfriend and is still trying to deal with his alcoholic father’s death when he (the welder) was a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark
I honestly don't get the hype. Whoever is calling it the "best Twilight Zone episode ever produced" is just regurgitating the introduction, which was written by Damon... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Five Red Apples
Underwater Welder reads like an incredibly well-written episode of The Twilight Zone, with a relatively simple plot that is at the same time straightforward, abstract, and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Captain Moscow
One of my first graphic novels and a real joy. A very quick, compelling story with striking illustrations. Recommended to adults that want to try graphic novels.Published 3 months ago by Mary
I was originally interested in this book because of the title. In High School I had considered a career being an underwater welder. So I bought it. It's a Great read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by galatianman
This is an excellent trade. It is beautifully illustrated, and a well written story.
Definitely worth picking up.
Jeff Lemire has yet to disappoint me. so far I have read The Nobody, Trillium, The Valiant, Bloodshot Reborn vol 1, Justice League United vol 1 / 2, and now The Underwater Welder. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael D. Witowich