Essex County by Jeff Lemire

A brilliant, thick in pages, but fast in page turning, melodramatic family remembrance story, going across the span of four generations of various Essex County, Ontario, residents.
 
This is indeed the best of Jeff Lemire's work, better than his commercially successful serialized Sweet Tooth and latest and much less commercial The Underwater Welder.
 
In a sense, Essex County is a perfect gateway book for those not familiar with “serious” no-superheroes-kind of graphic novels, on par with Art Spiegelman's world-acclaimed Maus, Jason Lutes' Berlin, Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and different stuff by other prominent Canadian comic book writers like Chester Brown, Seth, and Joe Matt.
 
Funny enough, as I predicted, this book is full of hockey – plucks flying in and out of frozen lakes and NHL ice rinks, fists punching faces. But still, it's main theme is family, family that matters most – and how it is never late to care and forgive.
 
 

3 Comments on “Essex County by Jeff Lemire”

  1. […] red. On the other, though, I'd say – nothing too entertaining.   I need to read Essex County, though. Looks like a must read, now that I've read both Sweet Tooth and The Underwater […]

  2. […] graphic novel I've bought for kindle. Never read Jeff Lemire's work before (not Essex County, not the mainstream DC or Vertigo stuff).   The art is great, if you ask me. The storyline is […]

  3. […] and art beats the story 10 to 1. I would even say, these childhood stories are supposed to be like Essex County, but it's a no go to compare a great book with a one that lack such […]


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