AWESOME-tober-fest 2015: The Nobody by Jeff Lemire (2009)
The Nobody is the first graphic novel for Jeff Lemire. It was published by Vertigo in 2009.
The whole comic is sort of a re-imagining of HG Wells’ The Invisible Man novel. The setting is changed from the English countryside to a small town in what I presume is the New England area of America. We have this drifter named Griffen, covered in bandages and wearing goggles, mosey into the tiny fishing town of Large Mouth and by just being there he causes a stir.
People speculate about why he has bandages and he generally becomes the gossip around town. Griffen winds up befriending the town sheriff’s daughter, Vickie. They strike up a platonic friendship that sort of grounds the book. Soon, a few strange occurrences happen around town and all of a sudden everyone wants to blame the weird bandaged drifter. Queue town mob and frantic search for the truth.
I’m a fan of Jeff Lemire, especially as a writer. He’s written a lot for DC including being heavily involved in the New 52 including the titles Superboy, Justice League Dark and Animal Man. He has a quirky, dark style that I kind of enjoy so when I discovered that he had written a re-telling of The Invisible Man for Vertigo, I had to check it out. And to be honest, the only reason I found it was because I was doing The Invisible Man for AWESOME-tober-fest. So, thank you for the billionth time AWESOME-tober-fest.
The story is quirky but endearing. It’s slow moving but fun. It’s light until the very end when it gets a bit dark with a great “sort of” twist ending. The artwork perfectly reflects the tone of the story. Stark blacks and whites, tons of shadows with accents in blue and simple yet oddly complex drawings and page layouts. This whole comic is quirky and odd but in a perfect way. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and it’s fun to see the slight parallels to the source novel, but make no mistake, it certainly goes it’s own way in a pretty cool story that I’m glad I discovered for this Halloween.
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