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Jeff Lemire, the creator of the Essex County trilogy and Sweet Tooth and the writer of Animal Man, has released new art from his upcoming Top Shelf graphic novel The Underwater Welder. Announced in early 2010, the 224-page book is set to arrive in August. Here’s the official description:
As an underwater welder on an oil rig 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.
Check out the pages below, and don’t miss Comic Book Resources’ interview with Lemire about the end of Sweet Tooth.