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Jeff Lemire Mashes Melancholy with Adventure in 'Mazebook'

The artist who gave us 'Sweet Tooth' is back slinging comics for Dark Horse.

Come on. Get happy. Jeff Lemire is back behind the wheel as both artist and writer. The gut-punching story-master behind Sweet Tooth and Essex County returns to Dark Horse Comics with Mazebook, a "melancholic adventure."


Oh, gosh. Let's simmer on those two words for a bit. "Melancholic adventure." If you've never read a Lemire book before, that might not sound like a great time spent between the panels. But, if you have read a Lemire comic, especially Sweet Tooth, the mash of melancholy and adventure makes so much devilish sense. And it gets your brain vibrating.


We're massive Jeff Lemire fans here at Comic Book Couples Counseling, having recently devoured Sentient and Gideon Falls. Few writers smash the heart quite like Lemire, and we've never read a dog from him. Sure, we have our favorites, and often, those favorites are the ones where he's pulling double duty on art and script. And that makes Mazebook all the more tantalizing.


There's only one downside. Mazebook is scheduled to run only five issues. So, we can't expect an emotional epic like Sweet Tooth. But maybe if we all buy a bajillion copies, Lemire and Dark Horse will be forced to keep this mysterious father/daughter quest an extra chapter or two. We gotta keep Lemire chained to his pencils! Or maybe, five issues is all Lemire needs with this tale and we should just be happy to get those.

The Only Way Out Is In.


MILWAUKIE, Ore., (June 21, 2021)—From Jeff Lemire, the creator of Sweet Tooth and New York Times bestselling and Eisner award-winning Black Hammer, comes Mazebook, an ambitious and haunting comic series about family, grief, and loss. A lonely building inspector still grieving the loss of his puzzle-loving daughter receives a mysterious phone call one night from a girl claiming to be her, trapped in the middle of a labyrinth. Convinced that his child is contacting him from beyond this world, he uses an unfinished maze from one of her journals and a map of the city to trace an intricate path through a different plane of reality, and embarks on an intense and melancholic adventure to bring his daughter back home.

Mazebook #1 (of five) will be in comic shops on September 8, 2021. It is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. Early Praise for Mazebook:Mazebook is a deeply haunting and powerfully human work by one of the greatest living masters of the comic medium. You do not want to miss this book.”—James Tynion IV (Something is Killing The Children, Batman) “A multilayered-masterpiece. Nothing is quite what it seems. His best work yet. And that is a high bar.” —Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, BANG!)