The Nobody

Published September 4, 2009 by Molly

It’s a fine day in Large Mouth– population: 754–when a drifter in bandages, goggles and a baseball cap shows up. Thus begins Jeff Lemire’s loose remake of H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man in graphic novel form. Taking its cues from the famous 1897 science fiction novel, Lemire’s The Nobody is a blistering account of disappearances, fear and strange friendships in small-town America.

As a kid Lemire consumed his fair share of DC Comics superheroes tales, and his rapid-fire style reveals the influence, along with nods to Jose Munoz and Alberto Breccia. The character of The Nobody is a cypher with ambiguous intentions and abilities– a fascinating individual and one that ultimately remains a mystery. Not surprisingly, Lemire designed it this way: “I always try to put character before plot,” he has said. “My books are about people, not high concepts.”

It’s the perfect attitude with which to approach a high-concept work like The Invisible Man, and the result is equal parts page-turner and artful cartoon genius.

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2 comments so far

  1. mylissa says:

    His new Vertigo series “sweet tooth” is out. You can send him your comic and he’ll send it back signed with a sketch .

  2. Molly says:

    Ooh! That’s cool. I’m re-reading the HG Wells original now. It’s real good.