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The Nobody: Comic Review

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Vertigo is known for releasing some of the most compelling tales in mature storytelling. Stories that not only pull the reader into a new world, but often make them reflect on their own. No writer does this better than Canadian Jeff Lemire. Lemire is famous for his popular works: Essex CountyAnimal ManSweet Tooth, and the just recently released (and amazing), “The Underwater Welder“. These works have won him tons of awards for not only his unique storytelling abilities but artistic approach to his work and to the medium.

Lemire’s art style is uncanny, often his characters appear thin, are almost blank and at times almost emotionless or expressionless. Some even look broken, shattered, flawed or with a sense of desperation behind their eyes. It is in his panel to panel framing that he generates such true to life drama between characters. Lemire sketchy style deliver breathtaking emotion that can only come from a true talent.

Lemire’s 2009 graphic novel “The Nobody“, is a modern-day tale of the HG Wells story “The Invisible Man” but with a small town twist mixed with a fear of the unknown. The Nobody focus’ on mysterious and lonesome individual John Griffin, who suddenly appears in the fishing village of Large Mouth. He is bandaged from head to toe and stirs up quite the controversy among locals. Though he has a friendly and cordial demeanor, his appearance frightens them, leaving them only to question what caused his freakish appearance and why he has come to their small town. This questioning leads to paranoia, and even to unintelligent blind hysteria, putting this loner at the focal point of a very precarious situation.

Brief Summary

His connections with the townspeople are trivial and he spends much of his time alone, working in a hotel room attempting to find a cure for the disease which keeps his physical body invisible. Though accepted by them, he gradually fades away and the towns people begin to forget about him; all except for one girl who attempts to get close to him and uncover the mystery of John Griffin’s past. Along the way, pressure builds among the paranoid people of Large Mouth and finally boils over. As soon as Griffin gets comfortable he is greeted by a mysterious partner from his past and the plot unfolds. In time you find that there is a lot more to Griffin’s invisibility than just a scientific accident, and the result of his playing god is much more scarring and tragic then original HG Wells tale. Lemire does a great job of keeping you on the edge of your seat guessing till the very end.

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One scene in which i found to be of particular importance involves an altercation with a dog. Griffin’s invisible hand becomes exposed, when he gets home he spends time re-bandaging it and finally says to himself “i see you”. It would seem as though Griffin’s sense of self has diminished since the accident. This conveys an interesting idea about how human beings perceive their sense of self. If one cannot see ones body, does one truly exist in physical reality? Does it only require a consciousness or independent thoughts to be alive? is Griffin a man or has he become a ghost left to haunt those left on earth?

The Nobody is a graphic novel classic which is certainly a personal favorite as well as a fan favorite. Fans of mature storytelling will love Lemire’s twist on the horror classic and the drama that unfolds. Lemire takes us on a journey to his own “Twilight Zone” where anything is possible.

I was fortunate enough to meet Jeff at NY Comic Con 2012, he was a really great, humble guy and couldn’t thank us enough for the continued support.

Check out Jeff Lemires blog here! – http://jefflemire.blogspot.com/

New: The Dark Knight Rises Movie Posters

Everyone is waiting patiently for the upcoming Christopher Nolan Batman film, The Dark Knight rises. The third installment of this modern batman epic is looking to be pretty interesting and is hopefully just as psychologically stunning as the last two films. An all star cast (Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Anne Hathaway) and a dark, noir styled Gotham will hopefully satisfy fans of classic batman comic books as well as new comers to the character. These promotional posters were just released earlier in the week and look fantastic. Enjoy!

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Comic Review: Sweet Tooth

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Vertigo has had many amazingly gritty and off-beat titles through the years; Hellblazer, Transmetropolitan, Preacher, and V for Vendetta to name a few. The stories they put out push the boundaries of the comic book medium and create worlds we would never get the chance to experience without the talented writers they have on board. One newer release that i believe has become highly embraced by the comic book community is Sweet Tooth, written by Jeff Lemire (Animal man, Jonah Hex, Superboy).

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Sweet Tooth is a post-apocalyptic story about a boy named Gus who lives with his father in a cabin in the woods. The interesting thing about Gus is that he was born with antlers and thus opens the main mystery. Since he can remember, it has only been him and his father and that is all he knows. His father is a religious man who tells him that the world outside of the woods is dead and that there are evil people there who will harm him. Unfortunately, his father’s lunacy is not far from the truth, and we find ourselves in a torn world where people scavenged for food and survival of the fittest is king. This new world has become stricken with a plague that has wiped out most of the human population and many remaining survivors attempt to find out the cause. Eventually, Gus’s father passes from the plague, leaving him with his fathers journal alone to face the world; Gus’s curiosity of the land beyond the woods fascinates him, despite his fathers warnings of the evils that exist. His curiosity is cut short by the presence of a few men who attempt to capture Gus, they are slain by a man named Jeppard, whose sordid past has made him cold to the horrors of the new world. Jeppard deems Gus “Sweet tooth” for his candy obsession, and offers to take him along and protect him in the world outside the woods. Thus begins Gus’s journey through the wasteland and a long quest to find out what caused the plauge, where he came from, and who is Jeppard? The story takes tons of twists and turns, with a healthy amount of violent realism, and a lot of quirkiness to follow which makes it a really unique book.

Sweet Tooth is a fantastic piece of post apocalyptic fiction and fans of the genre can definitely appreciate the spin that Lemire has put on the genre. Where the story is going, I can only imagine what will happen next!

Check out issue #1 of sweet tooth here!

Comic Review: Y THE LAST MAN

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I have been waiting to share my love for this particular graphic novel for quite some time (since i actually read this story about a year ago). It is continuously a book that i tell others about and truly believe it may be one of the best comics i’ve ever read. Y: The Last Man is a post apocalyptic graphic novel comic series written by Brian K Vaughan. The series ran from 2002 – 2008 and is now collected in 10 trade paperbacks which can be found at most major book stores and pretty much every comic shop. The graphic novel has been well received by many forms of media and their are even rumors of a movie to come some time in the future.

The story of Y: the last man takes place in a contemporary United States. Its about main character and wanna be escape artist Yorick Brown, whose life is changed drastically due to the catastrophic end of the world. In short, the world ends for an unknown/mysterious reason and happens to kill everything on the planet with a Y chromosome (all male mammals), leaving only females to try to pick up the pieces and put them back together. However, Yorick and his pet monkey Ampersand survive and are the only two remaining males alive on earth. For some this would seem like a great thing, being the only guy left in the world would leave quite a few sexually charged cats without a scratching post (score!) but what Vaughan shows us is quite the contrary. In all the chaos that is the extinction of males and the destruction of infrastructure, females are left with the impending realization that humanity as a whole will soon be extinct.

After the world collapses Yorick tries to reunite with his mother, who is a member of congress. She then commissions agent 355, a special US agent who has been trained since childhood, to protect Yorick and get him safely to Boston to meet with a geneticist named Dr Allison Mann. From there they begin their quest to find out why man has perished and what the plan will be for humanities future. For Yorick it is more of a quest to find the love of his life Beth, who, when last spoken to, was in Australia. Yorick knows in his heart that she is alive and tries desperately, with every chance he has, to find her. As the story goes on the plot thickens, twists, and turns. YTLM is filled with more drama, sex, laughs, nerdy references, scissoring, and action then you can chain up in a straight jacket. You’ll find that as Yorick and his friends get closer to finding out the truth, the truth gets further and further away.

There are many themes that play a large part in what makes Y the last man a great book. I think the largest being that of feminism. Vaughan’s interpretation of how women would react to an extinction of men is interesting because you have a large portion of the female population who believe that men were killed off because they are weak, evil, greedy, power-hungry chauvinist’s, (many of who go on to become Amazons). These females believe they can reshape the world in their image and rewrite his(her)tory. The amazons have an extreme hazing ritual: you must first cut off one breast to show your allegiance to the group and become a member. By that alone, you can tell these chicks are hardcore and are not to be messed with. The other group of females misses men terribly and never had anything against them, most feel helpless because without men you can not have babies. Lots of feminist view points come into play in this book and really do a great job of showing how even extreme feminism can cause women to turn on each other. The other thing that is so interesting about this book is all of the theories that come into play about why men were killed off. Some groups come from a more spiritual ideology, that mother earth no longer would accept the wicked ways of men so she wiped them out. Other explanations also come into play from characters of science or even other countries. This opens up the question for more wondering while you progress through the story.

Overall, Yorick Brown is a great character, whose wily charm, comic relief, and nerdy intuitions make him a really enjoyable character to read about. He makes dorky references to movies and comics throughout the series, and because Yorick was an English major in college even makes references to some of the very popular writers of English literature (Shakespeare etc). Yorick even makes a great reference to the graphic novel preacher written by Garth Ennis. Yorick Brown is basically the guy you would want to restart the world if it were to end. He’s kind-hearted, faithful to the girl he loves, nerdy as hell, not a douchey jock who bullies others, has a great positive outlook on life and who aspires to be a magician, how cool is that?

Y The Last Man is a fantastic read and i definitely recommend it to anyone, even first time readers of graphic novels or comic books because of its ease, page flow, and overall interesting concept. It’s a very accessible book because it’s not pigeonholed to a super hero genre or anything like that. In my mind Vaughan hit a home run with this book and it has turned me on to all his other work as well! Y the last man is just a good time front to back!

you can download issue #1 here!

enjoy!

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Before Watchmen

This coming summer 2012: DC is publishing a seven part interconnected prequel to the popular WATCHMEN graphic novel, written by Alan Moore. This is an interesting idea considering the popularity and importance of the graphic novel, however i personally feel that Watchmen is not a story that needs any more then it already has. Alan Moore also has no part in any of the writing of these mini stories, so this could bring about a lot of controversy from fans. Brian Azzarello and Len Wein are two popular names on board for the project so it may be worth checking out, but waiting for reviews and hear say might be a better option for this one. Once the fans get a hold of this one, their may be a large backlash. Here are all seven images of the cover art for the books!