“Picture if you will, a man named Jack. Occupation: Underwater Welder. Tomorrow it will be Halloween, and the children in white sheets roam the streets, Jack will be haunted by a different kind of ghost entirely. Because down there, in the vastness of the ocean, deep below where even the light of a blowtorch is swallowed up in the darkness, there is a doorway. And on the other side? memories, just as dark, …and the cold, wet embrace of the Twilight Zone.” ~ Damon Lindelof (co-creator of lost)
From the time I read the Forward of The Underwater WelderI was caught, hook, line, and sinker. This is an amazing story about a man (Jack) coming to terms with his late father’s mysterious death, and the birth of his own son on that same fateful day. Halloween.
Jack is becoming a new father, and I think it scares him. This graphic novel takes you through the time right before the birth of his son. Through the book you get a look at the effects of Jacks anxieties on his family and friends. As his trouble ripples through those around him, you see Jack’s anxiety break him down, and turn him inside out. As he comes to terms with his father’s death, he finds what he needs to be a good father. I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. The art in this book is as amazing as the story, and just like the story there are moments of amazing clarity. I really enjoyed Jeff Lemire‘s story telling style, and flow. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest local comic vending purveyor, or click my link and take a trip to the unfathomable depths of the ocean with Jack The Underwater Welder in this amazing graphic novel.