One of Vertigo’s newest discoveries is writer/artist Jeff Lemire. Nominated for two Eisner Awards, a Harvey Award, Lemire (The Essex County Trilogy) makes his debut with THE NOBODY. A twist on the timeless character from H.G. Wells’ classic “The Invisible Man,” Lemire uses the bandaged stranger as a cipher to explore themes of identity, isolation, insanity, loneliness, fear, paranoia, and the dark side of rural life. Growing up in Canada, Lemire’s visits to a small rural lakeside village as a child inspired much of the visual imagery throughout the book and his attention to detail in describing small town life is reminiscent of Richard Russo. This is a book that really gets one thinking about how different people perceive the same situation and it’s incredibly done.
But, enough gushing from me. In case you haven’t seen it, here’s a cool trailer for the book.
When Lemire is not writing graphic novels or at work on the new Art Brut vs Satan album cover he’s working on his first monthly series SWEET TOOTH, out this September.
That’s right, a full color monthly series about a boy with antlers named Gus. Sounds interesting right? Well, it’s a wonderful post apocalyptic story that follows Gus, from the sanctuary of the home he’s known since birth, on an adventure to find “The Preserve” a fabled safe-haven for hybrid children. Along the way, Gus not only learns he loves chocolate, but he begins to unravel the mystery surrounding the origin of the disease that ravaged the American landscape just a decade before.
Check it out for yourself: