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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  1,229 ratings  ·  150 reviews
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 sleepy town's motel.Driven by curiousity, the townfolk quickly learn the tragic story of his past, and of the terrible accident that left him horribly di...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Vertigo (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sam Quixote
"The Nobody" opens with a mysteriously bandaged man entering the small town of Large Mouth and taking a room. His appearance causes the townspeople to start speculating about what's underneath the bandages and why he's chosen their small town for a base. The narrator is a high school girl who becomes increasingly obsessed with the man known as John Griffin and through her we slowly find out about his past life. Meanwhile the tension some of the townspeople feel toward the bandaged man grows unti...more
Michael
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Canadian writer/artist Jeff Lemire brings H.G. Wells' classic psychological sci-fi tale The Invisible Man forward in time a hundred years to 1994 in three acts. Lemire's spare narrative and simple black and white artwork (sorry black, white & icy blue tint) are well suited to the subtle storytelling of The Nobody. The original novella put forward several philosophical theories about what would happen to a man freed of the moral constraints of society by the escape route...more
Shar
After Essex County & Sweet Tooth both blew me completely away, I picked up Lemire's The Nobody, his Vertigo graphic novel. It's a modern, small-town America take on H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man, and it really interacts with the original novel in an interesting way. The Nobody is told through the eyes of a 16-year-old girl who befriends a bandage-wrapped stranger (spoiler alert: he's invisible) who wanders into her small village. Thematic threads that are woven into Lemire's other works are...more
Eric
A Jeff Lemire retelling of The Invisible Man. He neatly cribbed a lot of names from the HG Wells novel and the classic movie, some nice little Easter eggs.

Rather than embarking on a homicidal rampage, Lemire's invisible guy makes his way to a tiny Canadian fishing village to hide out and try to find a cure for his condition. A bored teenage waitress befriends him, his only real human contact. The other locals react to the reticent, bandage-covered stranger with a mixture of small-minded suspici...more
Dara Naraghi
This is award winning indie cartoonist Jeff Lemire's first graphic novel for DC/Vertigo, a sort of modern take on the Invisible Man story. I haven't read Lemire's much-praised Essex County trilogy yet, or any of his mainstream superhero stuff at DC, but this particular book didn't really do it for me. It sticks to the themes and settings that Lemire is known for - small towns, secrets, isolation - but it was a bit too cold and impersonal for my tastes. There's nothing wrong with the actual story...more
Erik
The latest up-and-coming indie comics creator has just published his first hardback graphic novel courtesy of DC’s Vertigo imprint. Billed as an updated take on H.G. Wells’ classic science fiction tale, The Invisible Man, Lemire infuses enough oddity and pathos that best resembles filmmaker/auteur David Lynch and prose writer Raymond Carver. After falling hook-line-and-sinker for his brilliantly subtle and evocative realism in his Essex County trilogy, Lemire ranks up there on my list of comic b...more
Sarah Payok
This is my third attempt at writing a review of The Nobody. I'm beginning to think Goodreads hates me.

I only have a passing knowledge of H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man, upon which The Nobody is loosely based. As a result, I went into The Nobody with nearly no expectations and was completely enthralled. The story is about a scientist hiding out in a small town, where he is at first the subject of fascination (but quietly left alone) and then, once things go wrong, he is scrutinized and persecuted....more
Heather
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Rascal Drrmrmrr
I think I'll read everything Lemire. Didn't enjoy this as much as sweet tooth but I just love his style.
Abby
A graphic retelling of Wells' "Invisible Man" set in a small rural town. Lemire's sketchy, blue-wash drawings do a wonderful job at recreating the moody, slightly foreboding atmosphere of the town, but the storyline was all too predictable, and most of the characters are nothing more than two-dimensional small town archetypes (the gossip, the trigger-happy paranoid, the loner on the edges of town, the bumbling sherriff, etc, ad infinitum). Still, I liked Lemire's drawing style enough that it mak...more
John
Lemire's take on The Invisible Man. It's main flaw is that it never soars to the emotional heights of Lemire's previous work. There's plenty of emotion, but no strong hook to hang to snag the reader (at least not this reader). I continue to love Lemire's layouts and use of space. I'm really interested to check out his work as writer on Animal Man to see what happens (good or bad) when he relinquishes control to another artist.
Jeff
An interesting book that was undermined by its brevity. I wanted more, and there seemed to be so many ways the story could go (and so much possibility in what Lemire was setting up) that I was disappointed by how quickly it was over.
Sarah
If there is something that Lemire is excellent at it is artistically portraying lonliness in black, white and blue. The Essex County trilogy by far is his best and most complete work - lonliness but also longing and struggles to communiicate and connect.
Many of his other works are similar takes on this - The Underwater Welder, Sweet Tooth and The Nobody. I liked this better than the Underwater Welder, which I think was trying to accomplish too much to be successful. While the storyline isn't sup...more
Mike
Yes it's very wistful and "mysterious" in a sweetly Canadian (i.e. not that extreme or challenging) way. The story itself is faintly interesting in that you don't exactly know the protagonist's motives or backstory, but Lemire never entirely commits to it either so we have little to care about. Even the grand confrontations don't contribute much except a sense that there's another story to be told just beneath the visible surface of this one.

Reminds me of Sweet Tooth - another Lemire written-and...more
Jacki
Summary: A stranger who keeps his face hidden with bandages moves into a small town's motel to hide from the world. He soon finds that his idea of the quiet hamlet was uninformed as the bored inhabitants begin to speculate on the secret that lies beneath his bandages: Nothing.

Verdict: A pleasant effort.

Yay!: The author immediately deserves credit for doing a graphic novel about an invisible man. Planning a story told in pictures that will involve not being able to see a character at times is bra...more
Abe Something
I didn't like The Nobody much more the second time, though I am certain I read it more carefully this time. Slower and with a greater emphasis on trying understand just what makes Lemire so well regarded. Lemire has a good ideas, a great feel for human connection and communication, and keeps his pages/panel flow interesting. This story, though, just feels unnecessary. As full of good ideas and panels as it is, I didn't connect with the town, its inhabitants, or the overall narrative. The Nobody...more
Ginfur
Feb 24, 2010 Ginfur rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone
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Paul Riches
The Nobody: Truth On Sight

Can a man who wants to be lost disappear into a quiet town? Or will everyone see him for what he truly is? Especially one teen girl?

Questions of identity and how our past forms it are central to Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel The Nobody, a modern day retelling of the tale of the Invisible Man.

Lemire sets his story in the really small town called Large Mouth. Our man with the invisible identity shows up, all bandaged up and acting quiet and unobtrusive, and holes up in a mo...more
Loyd
Jeff Lemire is an acquired taste, especially his drawings. His visual work reminds me of a more rural Ted McKeever, and it complements his storytelling perfectly. His Vertigo comic series Sweet Tooth is one of the most bizarre and original books around, and his Essex County stories have a Flannery O'Connor skeleton, or even a little William Faulkner, hiding under their skins.

At its core, The Nobody is an original take on H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man, but to think of it as a mere adaptation woul...more
William Thomas
Sometimes I read a graphic novel and feel that it should have just been a novel. A graphic novel has to incorporate beautiful paneling, composition, style in its art to warrant the graphic part of the novel. The art needs to give it a life an beauty and detail it could never have with the written word alone.

This book wasn't one of those. It needed, desperately, to be a graphic novel and I felt like the book was crying out to not only be read, but watched. Experienced. Absorbed.

But for all of it'...more
D.M.
I sincerely wish this was not my introduction to Jeff Lemire. It would not inspire me to look for more of his work. Fortunately, my history with comics has taught me that established indie creators are rarely well-served by their major-publisher debut (particularly when that debut is from Vertigo). So, I'd love to see more of his work, most especially his magnum opus Essex books, but who knows when that'll happen.
This book gave me a bad feeling from the start, as soon as a bandaged stranger name...more
Sam
This is a brilliant take on the invisible man story and using Griffin, our mysterious bandaged stranger, Lemire alters the perception and focus to reflect the insecurities and fears of the population of a small town rather than focusing on the main character (despite his being absolutely essential to the story). Although this sounds a little backward it actually worked really well and highlighted how situations can escalate because of misconceptions and assumptions rather than fact and actualiti...more
Jodi
The Nobody is Jeff Lemire’s take on the classic H.G. Wells tale of The Invisible Man.

In Lemire’s tale the invisible man arrives in Large Mouth (population 754) sporting mummyesque bandages and a troubled past. Of course he captures the attention of Vickie, a bored teen who works in her dad’s diner, and the rest of the town. They don’t cotton to mysterious strangers in Large Mouth.

John Griffen lands in the small town because he’s fleeing the death of his wife and some weird chemistry accident tha...more
Steve Vernon
Trying to follow up a masterpiece is always tough. After Jeff Lemire hit the jackpot with his masterpiece ESSEX COUNTY TRILOGY. THE NOBODY would have to go a long way to even match his previous work.

THE NOBODY is a soft haunting story that riffs off of HG Wells Invisible Man and plunks him down in the heart of the small coastal town of Large Mouth - home of the world's biggest bass.

Like the giant bass statue that plunks in the heart of this small town, this story swims deep. It is a subtle tale...more
Alison
A small-town Canadian re-telling of the Invisible Man story. Lemire's drawings are simultaneously rough and elegant (as always), and he's obviously right at home describing small-town Ontario life.

I realize most of the graphic novels I've reviewed on Goodreads have pretty shining reviews-- I think the factor that immediately attracts me to them in the first place is the style of illustration, and it's easy to be really glowing about something I've already decided is beautiful. But I think I nee...more
Andrea
Couldn't resist something about this subject matter. It's certainly interesting and has several wonderful moments - like when he's underwater - but it seems off in other respects. The moments of silent contemplation start off fine, but can just seem like odd stops in the story. And there are some problems with the characterization - either it's that their faces are not super expressive, or the way the word balloons are handled is awkward, but the characters just come across as basic sketches wit...more
Robert Kristoffersen
The Nobody is an out of print graphic novel from Jeff Lemire, his first at Vertigo. This book led to Sweet Tooth being a monthly with the same publisher.

This book is inspired by H.G Wells' classic, The Invisible Man and begins with a bandaged stranger coming to a small town called Large Mouth. Initially an oddity, slowly the town begins to accept "Griffen" as a member of the town. His past does catch up with him, and so begins the unraveling of his demise.

This is a great Lemire book, though I di...more
Kevin
In "The Nobody," Lemire tells a version of the Invisible Man story. It's the H. G. Well classic reimagined as Rural Noir, filtered through the bleak but vibrant blue and white chromatic scheme making the setting for the story feel haunted right from the start. The characters from the Wells story appear here under similar names -- we have a Kemp, a Griffen (spelled "Griffin" in the original), a Marvel, but their roles are more mysterious. Lemire doesn't simply recast the story in a modern day set...more
Connor Sheridan
The Nobody is an abstract spin on H.G. Wells' The invisible Man. It focuses on the time a stranger spent in the fishing community of Large Mouth. Bandaged from head to toe, this creepy man wears goggles over his eyes. Locked up in his hotel room for weeks, conducting strange experiments, or not seen at all, only a teenage girl from the town notices him. By the end of the novel, you know as much as this girl does. A love story with a tragic ending is exposed, and the reader sees that nice guys mi...more
Bobbi Kyle
The Nobody follows a strange new man who comes into a small town where everyone knows everything about everybody. This strange new man creates a lot of attention not only because he is new to town, but because he covered from head to toe in bandages.

This story is so mysterious that you can't help but flipping the pages to find out more to the story. Who is this strange mysterious man?? His character is enticing, leaving you hurting where he hurts and smiling when he smiles.

Overall the art style...more
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Jeff Lemire is an award-winning Canadian cartoonist, and the author of the Essex County Trilogy, Sweet Tooth and The Nobody. Lemire is known for a his moody, humanistic stories and sketchy, cinematic, black-and-white art.
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