The Underwater Welder #1

The Underwater Welder #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Jeff Lemire Publisher: Top Shelf Productions Release Date: July 25, 2012 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 3
9.6Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

As an underwater welder on an oilrig off the coast of Nova Scotia, Jack Joseph is used to the immense pressures of deep-sea work. Nothing, however, could prepare him for the pressures of impending fatherhood. As Jack dives deeper and deeper, he seems to pull further and further away from his young wife and their unborn son. Then one night, deep in the icy solitude of the ocean floor, something unexplainable happens. Jack has a mysterious and supernatural encounter that will change the course of his life forever.

Equal parts blue-collar character study and mind-bending mystery, The Underwater Welder is a graphic novel about fathers and sons, birth and death, memory and reality, and the treasures we all bury deep below the surface.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - David Fairbanks Aug 1, 2012

    The Underwater Welder is a beautifully crafted tale of one man's need to make sense of his past and accept himself if he has any hope of being prepared for his future.  Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Jake Troxell Aug 25, 2012

    Lemire weaves a beautiful tale forcing our protagonist to confront his past and learn the truth about that night his father disappeared. Lemire's story never loses composure and never lags as our character is swept through a non-linear tale of self-discovery. If you are a fan of the Twilight Zone or Lost there is no reason for you not to pick up this awesome book! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jul 16, 2012

    This is a graphic novel that I will read many times over the coming months and years as it is one of the highest quality works from start to finish that I have seen in a very long time. I tip my cap to you, Mr. Lemire, The Underwater Welder is fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    16BitMonster - Hamilton Ortiz Dec 2, 2012

    If you are looking for another superhero genre book then look elsewhere but if you want to read about an everyday situation getting twisted up then this is for you. With 5 more months to go until the end of the year Jeff Lemire's Underwater Welder sets the bar high for Graphic Novel of the year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBuzz - johnlees Nov 5, 2012

    I loved this book. As soon as I finished reading it, I immediately wanted to read it again. I fear that my review hasnt really done it justice, as Ive just gushed rather than really going into detail, but I think the specifics of the graphic novel are something you need to discover for yourself. Hopefully my recommendation is enough to convince you to give it a try. The Underwater Welder instantly shoots to the top of my best of the year considerations, and once its had a little more time to percolate in my mind, it might end up making a dent in my best of all time rankings as well. A must read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    WhatCulture - Marcus Doidge Aug 21, 2012

    The Underwater Welder is OUT NOW and anyone that loves a graphic novel with real heart should seek it out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Laramie Martinez Aug 10, 2016

    I think it's fitting that I write this review upon my second reading of this book. The story deals with the concept of memory and how our perception of events can have a dramatic impact on our lives. It reminds that sometimes you might not like what you see when you glimpse into your past, but what you can learn when you look back is always worth the struggle. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Multiversity Comics - Walt Richardson Jul 26, 2012

    We have only just barely passed the halfway mark of the year, but “The Underwater Welder” is already a safe bet for the best graphic novel of the year. Nearly everything that Jeff Lemire's work has been praised for in the past is at full display in this new graphic novel, which stands toe-to-toe with the acclaimed creator's critically lauded “Essex County.” Anyone who has ever felt even the slightest desire to disappear into their own, secluded space will be unable to avoid being sucked into this incredible read, and will leave its pages feeling as if they, too, embarked on a strange journey into their own psyche. Three cheers to Jeff Lemire for creating such a beautiful and timeless piece of sequential art. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Read Comic Books - ReadComicBooks Aug 9, 2012

    Greatness has been achieved by Jeff Lemire. He is a role model and inspiration to me and I will read Underwater Welder many times over again. Not because I need to remember what happens, but because it is a legitimate piece of literature and a study of the two things every human in the world shares: life and death. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Erik Norris Jul 25, 2012

    The Underwater Welder is a roughly 220-page tour de force with enough emotional resonance that you might find yourself wiping away a single tear while closing the book's final page. Thus far, this is my favorite original graphic novel of the year. Hands down. You should not let this one pass you by. So rush out to your local comic shop and snag this bad boy as quick as you can, even if it's at the expense of some of your weekly pull. Stories like this don't come around too often, so get while the gettin' is good. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - BigJ Sep 19, 2012

    "The Underwater Welder" is one of the most heartfelt and emotionally gripping stories you will read this year. Lemire created this graphic novel as a means to tell a powerful literary work and it is a shining example of what medium is capable of. Closing the final pages of this book, it is apparent that Lemire has just pulled on reader's heartstrings, and left them with a beautiful and moving story about life, love, and fatherhood. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Aug 17, 2012

    The end of the book captures a very tangible emotional moment, the one many new fathers have when they realize the severity of the tectonic shift that's occurring beneath the feet of their lives. Their entire foundation is shaking and the structure of your life has to be rebuilt to support that quaking or else it will all crumble beneath you. Through his art it's a defining moment that Lemire shares with (hopefully) millions of other fathers out there, myself included. It's handled beautifully, I just wish the journey that got Jack Joseph there resonated as strongly. Read Full Review

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