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The Nobody

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A book by Jeff Lemire

Book Description  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 … see full wiki

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Author: Jeff Lemire
Publisher: Vertigo
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Nobody in a nowhere town - an impressive re-imagination of the invisible man myth

  • Jul 30, 2009
In a nowhere town, where nothing much ever happens, a stranger arrives. Wrapped completely in bandages, Griffen arouses suspicion among the local men who have nothing much better to do than talk about their neighbors and complain about the wives who left them for somewhere more exciting. Jeff Lemire's haunting illustrations of a lonely town and its denizens evoke an America that is simultaneously serene and dangerous, something this side of Twin Peaks. "The Nobody" tells a deceptively simple story of a doomed friendship between a troubled man and a young woman who wants out.

What struck me most in this telling is that the key to the invisible man is that he is so highly visible. The bandages he wears make him stand out more than anyone, making him a target for the fear and paranoia that keep the locals from looking at themselves. They just can't leave well enough alone. It's a haunting story, very well told, with impressively subtle illustrations. Well worth reading.

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