The Underwater Welder

The Underwater Welder

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by Jeff Lemire
     
 

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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

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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.

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Publishers Weekly
Lemire (Essex County) returns with another Twilight Zone–style story of horror, love, and redemption. Jack Joseph lost his father, a diver and treasure hunter, on Halloween night as a child. As an adult, Jack, an underwater welder, is still looking for answers; about to become a father himself, Jack has a dive accident that begins a series of otherworldly, or alternate reality, experiences. As his past forces itself into the present, Jack’s world is stripped of the living, leaving him to confront the memories binding him to his childhood. Flawed but utterly sympathetic, Jack is a lost soul whose life beneath the waves is beautifully depicted in several glorious two-page spreads. 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. Lemire seeds details throughout the early pages that resonate across the book, giving the story the feel of a carefully threaded whole. A beautiful, moving, wholly satisfying story about fatherhood and growing up. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603091466
Publisher:
Idea & Design Works, LLC
Publication date:
07/15/2012
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
581,192
File size:
92 MB
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The Underwater Welder 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MarianW More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome graphic novel. I loved the artwork as well as the story. The story flips back and forth between past and present and is wonderfully woven.
michaelthemad More than 1 year ago
Nicely done all the way around. Very human story...old story but never gets old. The veracity of the story works on multiple levels. More intense than Essex County. The black & white drawings are good to superb. Story-telling is excellent. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love the twilight zone you'll love this story. From the dedication to the last page this story keeps you on the edge of youre seat. Written an drawn by the very talented jeff lemire this book is one of a kind and i cannot recommend it enough. You need to buy this