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Prodigal Fathers in Jeff Lemire’s The Underwater Welder

In The Underwater Welder, Jeff Lemire reverse engineers Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life and shows us a man who wonders what it would be like if the entire world just disappeared. Scared of his own impending fatherhood and the lessons that he may have learned from his own part-time father, Jack finds his escape in the deep waters of his work. It’s not that he’s a workaholic, trying to find fulfillment in his work. It’s that the water that most likely claimed his father’s life is also the water that gave his father life. His father was a diver and he is a diver. The work is almost secondary to that.