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The Underwater Welder
     

The Underwater Welder

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by Jeff Lemire
 

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The New York Times bestseller returns in a stunning new hardcover edition, featuring bonus pages and new cover art by Jeff Lemire!

WARNING: CONTENTS UNDER 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 — but not the pressures of impending fatherhood.

Overview

The New York Times bestseller returns in a stunning new hardcover edition, featuring bonus pages and new cover art by Jeff Lemire!

WARNING: CONTENTS UNDER 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 — but not the pressures of impending fatherhood. While 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, 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.)
From the Publisher
"The most spectacular episode of The Twilight Zone that was never produced. I really, really care about the people in this story... And I can pretty much guarantee you will too." — From the introduction by Damon Lindelof (LOSTStar TrekPrometheu, The Leftovers)

"With The Underwater Welder, Jeff Lemire has created a moving, brilliant, and fiercely original work about loss, longing, and love. Full of piercing moments that will stay with you for long after you've finished reading, The Underwater Welder is a testament to the basic truth that down in the depths or up on land, there's nothing more haunting and wondrous than the human heart. A masterpiece of visual storytelling."  Scott Snyder (BatmanWytchesAmerican Vampire)

"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)

"[Lemire] has not lost his ability to pack an emotional wallop." — George GustinesThe New York Times

"A striking evocation of the Canadian Maritimes, and a moving meditation on what haunts us and how we struggle to keep those specters at bay. And the use of ink wash has rarely been put to more apt use." — Dana JenningsThe New York Times

"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 JensenEntertainment Weekly

"Haunting... Underwater Welder is just the right blend of action and abstraction, and greatly enhanced by Lemire's ability to signal movement, time and distance through clever arrangement of his panels on the page." — Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603090742
Publisher:
IDW Publishing
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
153,177
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Meet the Author

Jeff Lemire is a prolific, award-winning comic book writer and artist from Ontario, who's known for creating literary stories depicting the frailties, fears, and hopes of the human condition.

He's worked extensively with all the major comic book publishers, penning well-received runs on Animal ManGreen ArrowHawkeye, and Old Man Logan for DC and Marvel. His creator-owned works, which are even more highly aclaimed, include The Underwater Welder, The Essex County Trilogy, and Lost Dogs from Top Shelf Productions; DescenderA.D. After Death (with Scott Snyder,) and Royal City, from Image; and Sweet ToothTrillium, and The Nobody from Vertigo. His original graphic novel Roughneck was published by Simon and Schuster in 2017.

Jeff won the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist in 2008 for Essex County, and again in 2013 for The Underwater Welder and Sweet Tooth. He's been a nominee for multiple Eisner awards, a Harvery Award, and the Ignatz Award. Descender and The Underwater Welder have both been optioned for major motion pictures.

He lives in Toronto with his family.

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The Underwater Welder 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Sean_From_OHIO 5 months ago
Jeff Lemire creates an enthralling piece of fiction that delves into what it takes to be a father, dealing with the past, and impending doom. I know that doesn't sound entertaining but Lemire does a fantastic job of creating an amazingly relate-able character even though he's in a completely unrelate-able profession. Hi sart is basic and exactly what the story calls for. He's a fantastic overall story-teller.
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