The Underwater Welder

The Underwater Welder

Graphic Novel
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"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 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 explores fathers and sons, birth and death, memory and truth, and the treasures we all bury deep down inside.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781603090742
Branch Call Number: LEM
Characteristics: 220 pages :,chiefly illustrations ;,26 cm


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SCL_Justin Jul 25, 2017

The Underwater Welder is Jeff Lemire’s story of being scared of becoming a father. It’s so good. The introduction to the book sets it up as “the greatest Twilight Zone episode that was never produced.” I like that conceit but that makes it sound a lot more self-contained than it was.

Jack and Susan are expecting a baby in the next month. Jack keeps running off to his work on the oil rig, as an underwater welder. We know something bad happened between him and his father at Halloween some year, and it’s keeping him attached to the loneliness of solitary work in the ocean instead of the flesh and blood people surrounding him. It’s an ominous and looming kind of story that pushed in on my chest as I read it.

Lemire draws the book with the same kind of scratchy style he used in Essex County, but here it feels different. Maybe it’s just all the water that makes the wobbly lines feel like they’re the distortions of seeing everything through bubbles. The big splash pages work very well, especially the ones with the floods of memories coming in like clouds of angular bubbles.

It’s a beautifully done book. Highly recommended.

ArapahoeKayla Jan 18, 2017

An interesting take on a graphic novel as the main character 'the Welder' reflects on his past and future in a surrealistically illustrated way. I enjoyed how the artwork while rough and loose, does a good job of correlating with the story's confused and frantic narration.

Sep 05, 2016

Top notch

Aug 31, 2016

Definitely read like a lost episode of the Twilight Zone. Love Peter Lemire's older books

Mar 26, 2016

Wow. This book is amazing. If you like graphic novels with beautiful art & a poignant story I highly recommend.

Sep 01, 2015

A little disappointing. I suggest just watching the Twilight Zone episode.

Cdnbookworm Jun 12, 2013

This graphic novel tells the story of Jack. Jack is a young man whose partner Susan is a month away from giving birth to their first child. They live in Tigg's Bay and Jack works as an underwater welder on a nearby rig. This is where Jack grew up and came back to after university. But he is still haunted by his father's disappearance on Halloween when he was just a child. But does his obsession with the past mean that he has lost sight of his present life and the future it holds? This novel follows Jack as he looks back and finds that the answers he really seeks are in the life he now lives with Susan.

SkycycleX2 Sep 25, 2012

I don't know what made me pick up this book because I hadn't heard of it. I'm usually attracted to the art in a comic and this art turned me off at first. But I stuck with it and grew to enjoy the rough art. The words and art work well to draw one into the story. It sets a melancholic mood that's almost overwhelming. Underwater Welder is well done and I highly recommend it.

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