The Underwater Welder – Jeff Lemire



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.

The Underwater Welder is an okay graphic novel. I wasn’t wowed by the story or the illustrations. Ultimately, the story was underwhelming and left me shrugging my shoulders.
The Underwater Welder follows a man who is stilled haunted by the death of his father. He’s stuck in the past despite being married and the imminent birth of his first child.

The story isn’t complex or hard to understand. The reader follows Jack through a moment of his life that easily conveys his indifference to a realization about his future. The story feels like it’s missing something to hook the reader’s emotions.

The illustrations are not my favorite type. They look like drafts of the final drawings. All lines in black and white. I’m not a fan of these illustrations, so maybe that’s why I wasn’t able to connect with the story.

Overall, The Underwater Welder was an okay story. I didn’t connect with the character on an emotional level, so, ultimately, the story fell flat.
I’ve seen this compared numerous times to The Twilight Zone, so, if you’re a fan, this might be worth checking out.

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