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The Nobody Paperback – May 18 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (May 18 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401220819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401220815
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.9 x 25.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.,." Firmly establishes Lemire as one of the premier storytellers in the graphic arts...the best graphic novel of 2007."

About the Author

Jeff Lemire is the creator of the Vertigo graphic novel The Nobody and the acclaimed Essex County Trilogy (Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories and Country Nurse) from Top Shelf Productions. He is the winner of a Xeric Award and a YALSA Alex Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Scoopriches TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 3 2013
Format: Paperback
Can a man who wants to be lost disappear into a quiet town? Or will everyone see him for what he truly is? Especially one teen girl?

Questions of identity and how our past forms it are central to Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel The Nobody, a modern day retelling of the tale of the Invisible Man.

Lemire sets his story in the really small town called Large Mouth. Our man with the invisible identity shows up, all bandaged up and acting quiet and unobtrusive, and holes up in a motel room. His quest for a cure for his condition is constantly on his mind, along with the psychological effects of being see through. Alleviating this mental distress is a lonely teen girl named Vickie, who is fascinated by this stranger. They share companionship, all to fix their mutual emotional baggage.

As their chaste friendship grows, rumours and trouble swirl around our invisible protagonist, all concluding in an epic battle, both psychological and physical. Will our obscure scientist survive? Will our lonely teen girl survive? And will the town learn to see the truth?

Lemire brings his film school education to the fore with this story. Virtually every page seeps with emotion and pacing of classic cinema films, all in service of this quiet, sad tale. The high point of happiness for our players in The Nobody is the moments they just hang out, watch television, and enjoy the silence.

In so many ways, the identity of our bandaged newcomer in turmoil is partly from his condition, and partly from how this situation came about. We suspect he has lost a good semblance of sanity because of all his losses, and his quest for a cure will really only solve one problem, not the others.

Vickie is seeking his friendship for a whole other reason.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The Nobody is amazing July 12 2009
By Robert D. Kidd, Jr. - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Jeff Lemire creates an entrancing work with both words and art in his contribution to the invisible man mythology. The two tone character of the panels is well done (a technique which is harder than it looks). This book has a way of creeping up on you and all of a sudden you are transported into the small town of Large Mouth and all the citizens that inhabit it. Lemire showed himself to be a great talent in the comic world with his "Essex County" trilogy and this latest work takes his talent and ability to the next level. He takes chances with some of the panels and lay out which only enhances the experience. Found myself reading it a second time after I had finished just to pick up all the things that I missed in the first read. It doesn't get much better than this in the graphic novel world.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Jeff Lemire hits a home run Aug. 5 2012
By j. west - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have become a really huge fan of Jeff Lemire. I first noticed him on his Sweet Thooth series from Vertigo, Superboy from DC and I enjoyed those books alot and I heard reviews about his Essex County (but have not read it yet). Then I followed him onto Animal Man and Frankenstein, Agent of Shade and now Justice League Dark. I picked up his Lost Dogs and The Nobody without knowing anything about either book, just becuase they were his work, and loved both of them. I personally enjoyed The Nobody more but both books are very well done. Lost Dogs is his 1st published work and is a bit more raw in story and artwork. But I now have the Complete Essex County trade and his Underwater Welder Hardcover sitting at my Comic store waiting for me. Which I can't wait to get my hands on and read.
Five Stars May 24 2015
By Devan Dexter - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Fantastic. Like if the invisible man was stuck inside an episode of The Twilight Zone.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It's Okay But Doesn't Really Add Anything New to the Invisible Man Genre July 12 2010
By Mr James N Simpson - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a graphic novel (comic book) drawn in light blue, black and white, and if artwork is your reason for purchase, you may get more out of it than me. I bought it though as I am a huge fan of the Invisible Man concept and was after the story that it could tell and entertain me with. I found that The Nobody hasn't really added anything new that hasn't appeared in other works of fiction in this genre (non graphic as well as graphic novels). In fact it is pretty much a retelling of elements of H G Wells' novel in a different although similar location. It is no where near as detailed or well written as that plot though, and a lot less happens here. A unique way to hide a corpse, a lonely child's obsession with a mysterious stranger are all that haven't appeared before in Invisible man genre literature.

If you're into Invisible Man graphic novels check out Legacy Of The Invisible Man and The Invisible Dirty Old Man although both are of the same standard story wise as The Nobody.

The best of non graphic novel invisible man fiction can be found in the pages of Memoirs of an Invisible Man by H F Saint and Smoke by Donald E Westlake.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lemire is gold Nov. 27 2010
By Charlie Black - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you're a fan of Jeff Lemire and already read The Essex County Trilogy and still want more than check this out its a solid read.