For the better part of a decade, Lemire has been awing readers in a multitude of comic book genres with both company-owned characters and original creations.
Whether it’s his ground-breaking Essex County Trilogy in 2008, his post-apocalyptic series, Sweet Tooth, which brought the writer/artist mainstream attention and acclaim in 2009, his take on the “Invisible Man” in the graphic novel, The Nobody, the space/time bending Trillium in 2013, his riveting ongoing science fiction series, Descender, his brilliant take on Wolverine with Old Man Logan last year, or the current Moon Knight and Black Hammer superhero series that he writes for different publishers, Jeff Lemire never disappoints.
That’s a lot of writing – and, often, drawing.
Today, we add another title to the ever-growing list of Jeff Lemire must-reads with Royal City #1!
I’ve gone on quite a bit about the resurgence of science fiction comics over the last half-decade on this very column. I’ve also spoken about Image Comics and their continual support for creator-owned projects that push the barriers of what comics can be.
Let me, then, speak briefly about Jeff Lemire comic books.
No matter the genre, Lemire’s stories are always about damaged, but real people and their ability to captivate an audience and warm the heart. Whether it’s a pastoral community in which a young boy discovers adult secrets (Essex County Trilogy), a post-apocalyptic future of animal-human hybrids (Sweet Tooth), a secretive stranger in a small town (The Nobody), a blue-collar worker encountering the fantastic (The Underwater Welder), or the last love story ever told (Trillium), each Lemire story stands on its own, while simultaneously painting a beautiful oeuvre of the writer’s/artist’s inner mind.
Today, that canvas is interstellar in scope as Lemire, along with acclaimed artist Dustin Nguyen, head to outer space for Descender #1.
It’s been said, more than once in this particular column, that the science fiction genre has become an extremely popular mainstay in comics over the last half decade. And we reader are the luckier for it!
This Wednesday, like many Wednesdays before it, showcases a new number, a new entrant, into the pantheon of recent sci-fi.
Follow me after the jump for a look at Rafael Albuquerque’s newest creator owned series, Ei8ht!
“The last love story ever told.”
That’s the tag-line for Trillium, the most recent Vertigo Comics foray into creator-owned comic books. A statement such as that must be science fiction, right? Well, of course it is. But the best science fiction is rooted in the human spirit. It’s affixed to drama and emotions in which we can all relate.
And Trillium, under the pen and pencil and brush of acclaimed writer/artist Jeff Lemire, promises a story that will measure up to the best that the science fiction genre offers.