The Underwater Welder by Jeff LemireThe Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire

The Underwater Welder

byJeff LemireContribution byJeff Lemire

Paperback | August 7, 2012

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Pressure. An underwater welder on an oil rig off the Nova Scotia coast, Jack is used to the 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 explores fathers and sons, birth and death, memory and truth, and the treasures we all bury deep down inside.

"It's 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." - New York Times
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 Man, Green Arrow, Hawkeye, and Old Man Loga...
Title:The Underwater WelderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 10.5 × 7 × 0.6 inPublished:August 7, 2012Publisher:IDW PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1603090746

ISBN - 13:9781603090742

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Lemire's penultimate work; a true masterpiece in the graphic novel medium
Date published: 2018-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it As an east coaster I can really appreciate this Jeff Lemire creation. The story is set on the coast of Nova Scotia. Beautiful artwork and a great story. Highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! The art was amazing and the story was quite deep.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Not his best but great stuff from Lemire !
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lemire Never Disappoints I am a huge fan of Jeff Lemire's writing and illustrations. The Underwater Welder is no different. I highly recommend giving it a read!
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poignant and beautiful This is an emotional book that will tug at your heart strings. I've read it a few times and enjoy each examination of the story.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Got this as a holiday gift and I had to pace myself because I knew I was going to finish it almost immediately. Touching and mysterious. A definite recommendation.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartfelt and poignant This book will get under you skin and stay with you after reading. Jeff Lemire has a real talent for making relate-able characters that touch the reader and makes them reflect on their own experiences.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story; wonderful graphics As Jack is about to become a father for the first time, his memories go back to his father. As the story progresses, Jack tries to find a way to reconcile the past so that he can live his future. This is a wonderful story of how guilt, pain, confusion and regret from the past can threaten and possibly destroy our futures if we don't face them. How can we move forward if our past holds us back and makes us afraid? Wonderfully told story with wonderful graphics that show the turmoil of Jack's thoughts.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lemire at his best...Just WOW I had lofty expectations for this book which is never a good thing, but Lemire rarely disappoints. For a large page count the read is actually quite quick. I think my first reading took about an hour and a half. Oddly enough after that I knew I liked it, but it was not until a day later as I was still thinking about the powerful imagery, characters, setting, and situation did I realize how much. I started the second reading the next day and I found myself lost in the story once again. The story is essentially a tale of fathers and sons, and how ones' decisions can affect the other. A common theme that everyone should be able to relate to in one way or another. Jeff Lemire takes this theme and adds a very sureal, believable twist that will not soon be forgotten by this reader. The images and emotions presented by the story teller and characters fell very real throughout the story. I can't say enough good things about this story. I will simply say this story is special and deserves to be read
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Underwater Welder: Time And Tide Water. H20. The liquid of life. And sometimes it brings about death. The symbolism of water and its many functions is a backdrop for the emotional journey envisioned in The Underwater Welder. This gripping graphic novel, written and drawn by Canada’s own Jeff Lemire, is his latest magnum opus. We start off with Jack and his wife, who are very close to the arrival of their first child. Jack works as an Underwater Welder on an oil rig located just off the shore of his Nova Scotian village. Unfortunately a ghost from his past infiltrates the here and now, causing dysfunction in the present. Will the memories of his negligent father, and the eventual truth about his passing, cause Jack to conquer his own inner demons? Lemire straddles his story very evenly between Jack dealing with his baggage, while trying desperately to continue functioning in his day to day life, and the Twilight Zone like world Jack spirals into. Is this trip in Jack’s troubled mind, or an actual journey to some other realm where hopeful catharsis is the order of the day? You must, as the reader experiencing this story, decide for yourself what to believe. The real to the surreal are both on display here. The storytelling style used by Lemire is one he has mastered throughout his career. Quiet, still pages, filled with distance from love and understanding are keenly juxtaposed with sections brimming of character moments. Pacing is a strength Lemire has in his very impressive arsenal, all in service to the story. All this takes place in, around, about, or immersed in water. The free flow of this wondrous element compliments the feelings Jack is buffeted by. The cover image, the sorrowful Jack slowly having the water fill his helmet, with the concern not over the imminent drowning, the logical thought, but of the vision before him. The symbolism of water here is overpowering and all encompassing. Even the trip to the netherworld for Jack involves healthy and copious amounts of water being used physically and metaphorically. This latest addition to the pantheon of Lemire’s works is spellbinding. Jack, our intrepid Underwater Welder, grows and learns, all while navigating the flood of memories smashing his current life. Jack must learn to swim into himself. And we all hope he does.
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Editorial Reviews

"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 (LOST, Star Trek, Prometheus, 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 (Batman, Wytches, American 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 Gustines, The 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 Jennings, The 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 Jensen, Entertainment 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