Lives and generations of families quietly fade in and out through the Essex County trilogy, woven expertly by writer and artist Jeff Lemire. Quiet lives, quiet people, and quiet drawings rest on every page, in the middle of vast, quiet farmlands that seem perpetually cold and barren, but somehow still sustain life.
It all starts with Lester, a kid who loves comics. While this is a perfect sympathetic device to draw in the casual comic reader (as it did for me), it evolves into something far richer and deeper. As an orphan living on his uncle’s farm, Lester Papineau is isolated both geographically and emotionally, losing himself in comic worlds of his own creation, hanging out at a