Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Nobody - Review


A strange man named Griffen has come to the sleepy town of Large Mouth. He’s quiet, keeps to himself, and is covered in bandages from head to toe. A 16-year-old girl named Vickie takes an interest in Griffen and befriends him. The two lonely souls in Large Mouth find comfort with each other in old movies and food from the diner. But Griffen’s mind isn’t all there, and neither is his body.

Written and drawn by Jeff Lemire, The Nobody was published by Vertigo and is a wonderful take on the invisible man and a new spin on his motives. There are a few monster stories that get told over and over like vampires and werewolves, but stories about invisible men are few and far between. This story was full of heart and captured the lonely between someone who wants to be discovered and someone who wants to be forgotten.

The artwork reflects Lemire’s signature style and fits well with the setting and characters. If there’s something Lemire is proficient at its drawing small town people. The imagery he uses is potent, simple, and presented in a wonderful white, black, and blue color scheme. And the character design of Griffen is both iconic and unique. Right down to his signature plaid jacket over those white bandages.

The only thing that I can complain about is that I wanted more pages, but that’s only because I loved the story so much. The version I picked up was the hardcover edition. It’s presented in a wonderful orange, yellow, and sort of teal-blue color scheme. It’s definitely worth getting in the hardcover if you have the chance, though I’m sure the trade paperback is just as good. This book gets a solid 4.5/5.

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