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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  1,667 ratings  ·  190 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
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Michael
H.G. Wells Novelle vom Unsichtbaren ist mehrfach bearbeitet worden, am bekanntesten, vielleicht aber auch flachesten, ist die Verfilmung mit Claude Rains von 1933. Ich weiß nicht, ob Griffin (bei Lemire heißt er dann Griffen) der erste Unsichtbare in der phantastischen Literatur war, aber auf jeden Fall ist er aus der Popkultur des 20. Jahrhunderts nicht wegzudenken.

Lemire erzählt die Geschichte über 100 Jahre nach Veröffentlichung von Wells Novelle neu. Seine Graphic Novel ist mehr als nur ange
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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
Ismael Galvan
Damn, what a comic! I picked up "The Nobody" because I dig "bandaged protagonists." I wasn't expecting much of a story (as I said, I was primarily interested by the cool artwork). Sometimes, though, it's good to have your expectations betrayed. The plot itself has been done many times. And, without giving any major spoilers, you can probably guess what classical literary character The Nobody is based on. Yet, like every great story, it's hardly about the plot and always about the characters.



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Zedsdead
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
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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 Beaudoin
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.
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Heather
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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
Damián Vives
La nueva novela gráfica del multipremiado autor de Essex County nos sitúa en el pequeño y lacónico pueblo pesquero de Large Mouth, en la conmoción interna que se produce en ese pueblo con la llegada de un extraño envuelto en vendas de pies a cabeza y con sus ojos "extrañamente" ocultos tras gafas negras. Arrastrado por la curiosidad de sus habitantes, pronto comenzará a crecer el folklore pueblerino acerca del pasado "trágico" del extraño sujeto y del "terrible accidente" que lo dejara totalment ...more
Kate
When a bandaged stranger arrives in a small town, naturally, the people start talking. But soon, the man becomes nearly invisible. A young woman named Vicki begins to visit him out of curiosity, but even she cannot guess the truth: the man Griffen is invisible. And a murderer.

This is apparently based on H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance, although when I first began it, I think I had it confused with Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and John Griffin's Black Like Me, mashing those tw
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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.
Matt Graupman
Jeff Lemire's books - the superb hockey-centric "Essex County" trilogy, the ghostly melancholic "The Underwater Welder," and now his icy take on the Invisible Man story, "The Nobody" (clever title) - are like smoke rings: they appear solid at first but as time goes on they dissolve and linger on you. In the same way, after you read Lemire's comics, they stick to you, in your memory and in your heart. It's quite a trick. There's an intimacy and a déjà vu-type quality to his work; his sketchy line ...more
Joe
It's fine. This is Lemire's take on The Invisible Man science fiction story and it imagines the man in a small town. There is some hinted-at depth of character among the townsfolk but nothing that gets developed. There is the inevitable point where odd things start happening and the denizens of the town turn on the stranger because he's not like them and makes them uncomfortable (Which is certainly not original. This scenario probably appeared in popular culture even earlier, but The Twilight Zo ...more
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.
Eleanor
A mysterious man wrapped in bandages shows up in a small town. He keeps himself to himself and the residents are very suspicious of him, all except a teenage girl who befriends him. I Thought it portrayed alienation very well and I really enjoyed how eerie it was in the beginning. However the mystery was it's strength and when parts of his past begin to be hinted at I'm not sure if I liked the direction it took. I did enjoy this story but it wasn't my favorite Lemire book. But I'm glad I read it ...more
Rascal Drrmrmrr
I think I'll read everything Lemire. Didn't enjoy this as much as sweet tooth but I just love his style.
Michael
6/10 (OK)

First off, I love Jeff Lemire's work. Essex County, Sweet Tooth and The Underwater Welder are all phenomenal. That being said, while The Nobody was an enjoyable read, I was left a bit underwhelmed. Lemire's art here is as good as ever, but the story itself felt underdeveloped. If this had been an 8-12 issue limited series or simply a longer graphic novel, there would have been more time to develop the characters and delve deeper into their histories. As it is though, I never felt
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Krista Ivy

A strange and tragic tale from the point of view of a not so whiny sixteen year old girl. A man comes into town with his face and hands bandaged and he wears goggles. He barely eats. He doesn’t socialize. Who is he and how did he end up the way he is? That is her innocent curiosity while the older citizens of the small town of Large Mouth are suspicious of him. Watch and experience the natural human curiosity and suspicion of that which is different take over a small town and sink it to its lowe
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Rose
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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'
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Wesley Green
This was my first exposure to Jeff Lemire's work after reading numerous positive reviews regarding his other work such as Essex County.

While it might appear to be a riff off of The Invisible Man based on the lead character's design, it is everything but that.

It's a solid punch to the emotional gut for anyone who has felt lonely or out of place. Even though Lemire has done other exceptional work, The Nobody stands as one of my favorites.
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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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