From the New York Times bestselling author and award-winning creator of Essex County, Secret Path, Descender, and The Underwater Welder comes an all-original graphic novel about a brother and sister who must come together after years apart to face the disturbing history that has cursed their family.
Derek Ouelette’s glory days are behind him. His hockey career ended a decade earlier in a violent incident on ice, and since then he’s been living off his reputation in the remote northern community where he grew up, drinking too much and fighting anyone who crosses him. But he never counts on his long-lost sister, Beth, showing up one day out of the blue, back in town and on the run from an abusive boyfriend. Looking to hide out for a while, the two siblings hunker down in a secluded hunting camp deep in the local woods. It is there that they attempt to find a way to reconnect with each other and the painful secrets of their past...even as Beth’s ex draws closer, threatening to pull both Derek and Beth back into a world of self-destruction that they are fighting tooth and nail to leave behind.
Simultaneously touching and harrowing, Roughneck is a masterwork from New York Times bestselling writer/artist Jeff Lemire—a deeply moving and beautifully illustrated story of family, heritage, and the desire to break the cycle of violence at any cost from one of today’s most acclaimed comic creators.
About the author
Jeff Lemire is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of such graphic novels as Essex County, Sweet Tooth, The Underwater Welder, and Roughneck, as well as the co-creator of Descenderwith Dustin Nguyen, Black Hammer with Dean Ormston, Gideon Falls with Andrea Sorrentino, and many others. He also 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. Jeff has also written extensively for both Marvel and DC Comics. Many of his books are currently in development for film and television, including both Descender and A.D. After Death at Sony Pictures, Essex County at the CBC, The Underwater Welder and Plutona at Waypoint Entertainment, and Gideon Falls with Hivemind Media, as well as the Eisner-Award winning The Black Hammer Universe at Legendary Entertainment. He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife and son and their troublesome pug, Lola.
“With a casual grace that would make the late Raymond Carver envious, Lemire’s stories build out of innocuous and seemingly unconnected moments that gather and gain weight when viewed in a cumulative light. . . . Lemire’s characters weather their lives with resolution and quiet despair. We feel for them because of Lemire’s talent for revealing their inner strength, not their outer weaknesses.”
“Jeff Lemire stands alone. A storyteller, deep and clear.”
“His work is hall of fame–worthy.”
“The Stephen King of comics.”
“The power of Lemire’s hushed, deliberately paced storytelling is in his . . . linework: raw, scratchy, and sometimes minimalist, it conveys a lot with a handful of ragged lines.”
“When Princeton and Duke are offering graduate degrees in the graphic novel form twenty years from now, a lot of students will be writing their Masters’ theses on Lemire's Essex County trilogy."