Bleeding Cool has obtained 3 pages of previously unseen art from Jeff Lemire’s upcoming Top Shelf release, The Underwater Welder.
According to the solicitation text on Top Shelf’s website, it appears that an overlapping theme of pressure is going to be the focus of this 250 page tale scheduled for release sometime in 2012.
From the Top Shelf website:
Pressure. 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. But then, something happens deep on the ocean floor. Jack has a strange and mind-bending encounter that will change the course of his life forever. … Equal parts blue-collar character study and mind-bending science fiction epic, The Underwater Welder is a 250-page graphic novel that explores fathers and sons, birth and death, memory and truth, and treasures we all bury deep down inside.
Lemire became an exclusive property of DC Comics, effective July 2010. He’s currently providing words and pictures for Vertigo’s Sweet Tooth as well as writing the Ray Palmer version of the Atom co-feature in Adventure Comics.
Thankfully his exclusivity deal still allows Lemire to continue forward with The Underwater Welder, which was already past the planning stages and well on it’s way into production.
In an interview at eyeweekly.com, Lemire is quoted as saying “This is sort of my homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey, but filtered through a blue-collar kind of profession on the east coast of Canada.”
Bleeding Cool knows something about pressure, and we’re very much looking forward to another great Jeff Lemire property.