Top Shelf Productions just announced that Jeff Lemire’s long-awaited follow-up to Essex County is finally in stores everywhere, and from all reports, The Underwater Welder has been touching readers profoundly.
As an underwater welder on an oilrig off the coast of Nova Scotia, Jack Joseph is used to the immense pressures of deep-sea work. Nothing, however, could prepare him for the pressures of impending fatherhood. As Jack dives deeper and deeper, he seems to pull further and further away from his young wife and their unborn son. Then one night, deep in the icy solitude of the ocean floor, something unexplainable happens. Jack has a mysterious and supernatural encounter that will change the course of his life forever.
Equal parts blue-collar character study and mind-bending mystery, The Underwater Welder is a graphic novel about fathers and sons, birth and death, memory and reality, and the treasures we all bury deep below the surface.
“Lemire’s stylized art and inventive panel structure is the perfect vehicle for his well-told story, and the tale’s poignant moments make the moments of desolation even more heart-wrenching… A beautiful, moving, wholly satisfying story about fatherhood and growing up.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The Underwater Welder… is all kinds of wonderful. Buy it. You will wet yourself with tears, your brain will spin from masterful storytelling, and you will love it.” — Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly
“The Underwater Welder is an early contender for the year’s best comic book… a richly-detailed story with characters that are all deeply flawed and undoubtedly human… once you pick it up you’ll wish it never ended.” — Jason Serafino, Complex
“A spectacularly unpredictable reading experience… a roughly 220-page tour de force with enough emotional resonance that you might find yourself wiping away a single tear while closing the book’s final page. Thus far, this is my favorite original graphic novel of the year.” — Erik Norris, IGN
“This is a pretty clear frontrunner for me for ‘Best of 2012’ so far, but while it may still be too early to call that race, The Underwater Welder is at least the best in what was already an impressive line of work from Jeff Lemire.” — Ain’t It Cool News
“This is an excellent graphic novel and if Jeff’s previous work is similar to this then I am the latest addition to his fan club. I could go on telling you how good the story is and give you more details about the plot but this will not do it justice. This is a must read for any comic reader and a pleasure and inspiring piece of literature/art for any one else.” – Chris Muscat, Wicked Comics
If you haven’t read The Underwater Welder, you can grab it today in print or digital. And if you’re new to Jeff’s work, don’t miss his early gem Lost Dogs and his landmark opus Essex County.
This 16 plus rated, black & white, soft cover graphic novel is 224 pages long and priced at $19.95 (US).
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Read our review of The Underwater Welder here: http://www.maltacomic-con.com/?post&id=235