Jeff Lemire has solidified his status as a premiere writer over the past year with his work for DC on books like “Animal Man”, “Sweet Tooth”, and “Frankenstein Agent of SHADE”. Despite his awe-inducing capabilities to write ongoing series, he’s always had a knack for graphic novels. He continuously receives praise for his heartfelt, bizarre tales and his unique art style, which you may recognize from the pages of “Sweet Tooth”. It was announced today on Lemire’s blog that his brand new original graphic novel, The Underwater Welder, is set for release just in time for San Diego Comic Con in July. The graphic novel is described as a “mind-bending science fiction epic” that will tell the tale of Jack Joseph and his strange encounter under the sea. You can pre-order it now from Top Shelf, and it’s really in your best interest to do so. More details after the jump.
“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.”
Jeff Lemire’s other graphic novels include the “Essex County” trilogy, “The Nobody”, and “Lost Dogs”, all of which have received rave reviews. He is known for his sketchy, black and white illustration style and his wonderful ability to create empathic characters. On top of “The Underwater Welder”, Lemire will be taking over on “Justice League Dark” in two months, plus the Animal Man/Swamp Thing crossover event, which is sure to blow your mind. Jeff Lemire is no longer an up and comer, he’s cemented his place in comics culture as one of the best we’ve got today.