The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire

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Happily, Lemire allows the story's most powerful moments...to register without comment, because none is needed. These pages are poignant and masterful, and represent some of the very best work he's ever done.
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Pressure. 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. But then, something happens deep on the ocean floor. Jack has a strange and mind-bending encounter that will change the course of his life forever. ... Equal parts blue-collar character study and mind-bending science fiction epic, The Underwater Welder is a 250-page graphic novel that explores fathers and sons, birth and death, memory and truth, and treasures we all bury deep down inside.
 

About Jeff Lemire

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Jeff Lemire's previous graphic novels include the Eisner and Harvey Award nominated Essex County Trilogy. In 2008 Jeff also won the prestigious Alex Award from the American Library Association, recognizing books with specific appeal for both adults and teens, as well as the Shuster and Doug Wright Awards recognizing the best in Canadian comics.
 
Published August 29, 2012 by Top Shelf Productions. 224 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Glen Weldon on Aug 16 2012

Happily, Lemire allows the story's most powerful moments...to register without comment, because none is needed. These pages are poignant and masterful, and represent some of the very best work he's ever done.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Christopher Randle on Sep 11 2012

Author Lemire is at the top of his game here. The pacing of the story is impeccable: moments where Jack is diving seem to slow down time...All that’s there is the pressure, your thoughts, and the sound of your heartbeat.

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