Frogcatchers, Jeff Lemire

From Simon & Schuster’s Gallery 13 imprint, Frogcatchers is an emotionally-driven tale that delivers a truly inspiring reading experience. Writer/artist Jeff Lemire experiments with his artistic style and storytelling with an incredibly poignant drama about human nature and death.   

A man wakes up alone in a strange room with no recollection of who he is or how he got there. The padlocked doors and barren lobby reinforce the strangeness of this place. This is—as he reads from an old-fashioned keychain beside his bed — the Edgewater Hotel. Even worse, something ominous seems to be lurking in one of the rooms.

Here are 5 reasons why you should read Frogcatchers:

5) The Themes!

Readers will definitely be amazed at how Lemire is able to eloquently discuss about human nature’s absolute fear of death and the unknown. Readers are left to wonderland ask themselves questions because the entire narrative is open for interpretation. The themes tackles some hard-hitting issues, dementia and reincarnation, with such thoughtfulness. 

4) The Writing!

Lemire starts off the narrative vaguely as the protagonist finds himself inside a haunted hotel. As the plot thickens, the protagonists finds himself on the run with a young and troubled companion. We don’t know what’s chasing after or why but the fear of the unknown intensifies the suspense. 

3) The Artwork!

Lemire’s sketchy artwork brings out so much emotion from the facial expressions. Notice how the sketches have so much detail with the backgrounds. The eye-catching artwork dives into surrealism when the protagonist finds himself in the third act. 

2) The Colors!

Like a charcoal sketch. most of the pages are drawn in black and white. The rough textures add to the claustrophobic atmosphere of the Edgewater Hotel. 

1) A Brilliant Read!

A brilliant read, Frogcatchers manages to find the surreal beauty between life and death. The last page delivers a deeply satisfying conclusion that will truly resonate with readers.

Frogcatchers arrives in stores on September 24, 2019. 

By Jorge Solis