The Nobody Paperback – May 18 2010
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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 an alternative comics writer and artist whose trilogy of Essex County graphic novels 'Tales From the Farm', 'Ghost Stories' and 'The Country Nurse' have won extensive critical acclaim, and enabled Lemire to win a Xeric Grant - awarded to up-and-coming talents in independent cartooning - in 2005. The Nobody is his first mainstream work. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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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.