Lemire, Jeff. Essex County Vol. 1: Tales From the Farm. Top Shelf Productions: Atlanta, 2007. Print.
Essex County Volume 1 introduces readers to the story of Lester, a young boy whose mother died the year previous and who is living with his Uncle Kenny on a farm. Kenny and Lester are having trouble adjusting to each other and throughout their rocky exchanges, it becomes apparent that Lester is growing apart. Enter in a somewhat damaged hockey player named Jimmy Lebeuf, the threat of an alien attack, a father mystery, and some adventuring and readers will be able to follow Kenny and Lester as they struggle to realize just how to fit into each other’s lives.
Visual and textual style: moody, black and white, sketchy, human, cinematic, vernacular, simple dialogue
Potential readers/appeal factors: coming of age, drama, farm life, hockey, super heroes, aliens, struggling, death, life changes
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