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The Nobody [Paperback]

Jeff Lemire
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May 18 2010 The Nobody
The tiny, isolated fising village of Large Mouth never saw much excitement -- until the arrival of the stranger, that is. Wrapped from head to toe in bandages and wearing weird goggles, he quietly took up residence in the sleepy town's motel.Driven by curiousity, the townfolk quickly learn the tragic story of his past, and of the terrible accident that left him horribly disfigured. Eventually, the town embraces the stranger as one of their own -- but do his bandages hide more than just scars?

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"* "A quality work from a creator with a unique voice... its haunting mystery lingers long after you close the book." - Comic Book Resources * "I've read Jeff Lemire's reinterpretation on H. G. Wells's classic novel, and it's damned good. Everybody buy it!" - Comic Forums" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Nobody: Truth On Sight April 3 2013
By Scoopriches TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Nobody is amazing July 12 2009
By Robert D. Kidd, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Lemire hits a home run Aug. 5 2012
By j. west - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lemire is gold Nov. 27 2010
By Charlie Black - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great early work by Jeff Lemire March 29 2014
By Victoria Aguirre - Published on Amazon.com
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Such an amazing work by Jeff Lemire. I've heard that it's not his best work, but I couldn't help loving the art and story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Wondering What It Means Sept. 9 2011
By J. Smallridge - Published on Amazon.com
I enjoyed this work -- the writing, the illustration, the sense of desolation in the people and the place -- but I can't really tell you what Lemire was trying to convey. I'm still thinking about that, in fact. Not because he failed, but because he is really thoughtful here. If he was trying to convey that what we see in others may be how we see ourselves, then this story is all the better ...
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