Royal City Volume 1: Next of Kin

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Image Comics
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6.6 X 0.6 X 10.1 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Jeff Lemire is the award-winning, New York Times Bestselling author of such graphic novels as ESSEX COUNTY, SWEET TOOTH, UNDERWATER WELDER, as well as co-creator of DESCENDER with Dustin Nguyen, BLACK HAMMER with Dean Ormston and GIDEON FALLS with Andrea Sorrentino. He collaborated with celebrated musician Gord Downie on the graphic novel and album THE SECRET PATH, which was made into an animated film in 2016. Jeff has won numerous awards including an Eisner Award and Juno Award in 2017. He has also written exclusively for both Marvel and DC Comics.


BOOKLIST -- Lemire has been scripting corporate superhero comics in recent years, but he began his career writing and illustrating the acclaimed family saga Essex County. With Royal City, he makes a welcome return to human-scaled storytelling as well as to the drawing board. When his father suffers a stroke, Patrick Pike, a once-promising novelist suffering from writer's block, reluctantly returns to the dying industrial town where the rest of his family-his overbearing mother, ambitious sister, and reprobate brother-still live. Also still inescapably present, even though he drowned two decades ago, is the adored youngest sibling, Tommy, who haunts the damaged lives of his family. While Lemire's introduction and development of the characters and their backstories are quietly masterful, his wispy graphics-spindly figures, understated staging, and muted colors-are equally intrinsic to the work's potency. Although these initial chapters of the ongoing series are largely devoted to stage setting and establishing the milieu, Lemire leaves readers eager to see what lies ahead for the troubled Pike family.