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Nowhere Men is a comic book series written by Eric Stephenson.[1] The first six issues were drawn by Nate Bellegarde, colored by Jordie Bellaire,[2] lettered by Fonografix (Steven Finch),[3] and published by Image Comics.[4] As of issue 7, Dave Taylor has replaced Nate Bellegarde, who no longer is part of the creative team.[5][6] Emi Lenox also joined up, providing short comics about Monica Strange, one of the characters of Nowhere Men.[5][7]

Nowhere Men
The first issue's cover artwork, done by Nate Bellegarde and Fonografiks.
Publication information
PublisherImage Comics
GenreDrama
Mystery
Science Fiction
Publication dateNovember 2012
Main character(s)Dade Ellis, Emerson Strange, Simon Grimshaw, and Thomas Walker
Creative team
Created byEric Stephenson, Nate Bellegarde (#1-6), Dave Taylor (#7-onward)
Written byEric Stephenson
Penciller(s)Nate Bellegarde (#1-6)
Dave Taylor (#7-onward)
Emi Lenox (#7-onward)
Fonografiks
Inker(s)Nate Bellegarde (#1-6)
Dave Taylor (#7-onward)
Colorist(s)Jordie Bellaire

The series centers on a fictional world where a group of four scientists, long since gone their own ways, have had huge cultural influences in a way similar to that of The Beatles in our world. It's loosely based on the story of the British Invasion, especially how The Beatles stood out.[8] The promotional tagline, "Science is the new Rock-N-Roll", exemplifies this.[4][9]

The name is derived primarily from the fact that things just seem to come out of nowhere for the scientists, although there are other plot points that the name is based on as well.[4] It was also influenced by the Beatles song "Nowhere Man".[10]

Nowhere Men was nominated for four Eisner Awards in 2014, of which it won one: Jordie Bellaire won the award for Best Colorist for her work on several titles, including Nowhere Men.[11][12]

As of September 2019, eleven issues have been published, the first six of which form the completed first arc. The seventh through eleventh issues are part of the second arc, which started in January 2016 after a two-year delay.[13]

Publication historyEdit

Arc 1Edit

The first arc of Nowhere Men consists of six issues,[14] published between November 2012 and October 2013 and collected in November 2013 in a collected edition with the title Nowhere Men, Vol. 1: Fates Worse Than Death TP.[15]

Arc 2Edit

The second arc was originally scheduled to start with the release of issue 7 in January 2014,[14] but this release did not happen. Around the same time, Image Comics pulled the webpages on issues 7, 8 and 9, which resulted in speculation on the series' possible cancellation.[16]

In May 2014, a tweet by Image Comics confirmed the series was still being worked on.[16][17] Nate Bellegarde attributed the delays in Nowhere Men to himself in a long Google document he posted on his Tumblr in July 2014. While it did not give a predicted date of publishing, it confirmed that the series was still being worked on.[18][19]

On November 2, 2015, Image Comics announced the return of Nowhere Men. David Taylor replaced Nate Bellegarde. Jordie Bellaire and Fonografiks continued working on the series alongside Stephenson.[20] Emi Lenox provides small comics about the Nowhere Men character Monica Strange.[5][7]

Issue 7 was released on January 20, 2016,[6] starting the second story arc which hasn't completed as of June 2019.[13].

CastEdit

  • Dade Ellis, a neuroscientist and co-founder of World Corp.
  • Simon Grimshaw, a geneticist and co-founder of World Corp.
  • Emerson Strange, an inventor, designer and co-founder of World Corp.
  • Thomas Walker, a theoretical physicist and co-founder of World Corp.
  • Daniel Pierce, a quantum physicist, astronomer and engineer, employed by the World Corp. Test Division and assigned to the ISS
  • Adra Madan, a chemist, nutritionist, botanist and biologist, employed by the World Corp. Test Division and assigned to the ISS
  • Kurt McManus, a medical doctor and biologist, employed by the World Corp. Test Division and assigned to the ISS
  • Jackson Peake, the ISS systems officer and an EVA, employed by the World Corp. Test Division
  • Susan Queen, a medical doctor and immunologist, employed by the World Corp. Test Division and assigned to the ISS
  • Karen Reynolds, a chemist and biologist, employed by the World Corp. Test Division and assigned to the ISS
  • Holly Jameson, a nuclear physicist, astronomer and engineer, employed by the World Corp. Test Division and assigned to the ISS
  • Albert Langley, the ISS section chief and an EVA, employed by the World Corp. Test Division
  • David Burnett, an engineer and roboticist, employed by the World Corp. Test Division and assigned to the ISS
  • Brian Robeson, an engineer and roboticist, employed by the World Corp. Test Division and assigned to the ISS
  • Nicholas Hewitt, the ISS communications officer employed by the World Corp. Test Division
  • Peter Wilson, the ISS life systems officer and an EVA, employed by the World Corp. Test Division
  • Monica Strange, Emerson Strange's daughter

StoryEdit

Nowhere Men centers on four scientists—Dade Ellis, Emerson Strange, Simon Grimshaw, and Thomas Walker—whose work leads to science becoming as culturally important as rock music. Together, the four form World Corp., a research and development firm that becomes the most influential business in the entire world; but their differences, including a dispute over how to handle a secret experiment gone wrong, drive them apart.[4][21] According to Stephenson, inspiration was drawn not just from The Beatles, but also from the story of Apple and their war with Microsoft and how he thought the leaders of the two rivals would work if they were teammates.[4]

Sometime after the scientists leave, World Corp. workers aboard the International Space Station begin suffering from a virus that affects each of them differently. Due to the secrecy of the mission, only some higher-ups in World Corp. know that the workers are there; and they're unwilling to bring the workers back to Earth. The crew is left to themselves trying desperately to find a way to get back home.[3]

AwardsEdit

Nowhere Men was nominated for four Eisner Awards in 2014, of which it won one:[11][12]

  • Best Continuing Series: Nominee
  • Best Writer (Eric Stephenson): Nominee
  • Best Penciller/Inker (Nate Bellegarde): Nominee
  • Best Coloring (Jordie Bellaire): Winner[a]

External linksEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ The award was granted for Bellaire's work on multiple titles, including Nowhere Men.
  1. ^ Booker, M. Keith. Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels Volume 1. p. 309.
  2. ^ Bailey, Benjamin (30 January 2013). "Nowhere Men #3 Review". IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b Parker, John (17 October 2013). "'Nowhere Men': Science, Drugs, and Rock N' Roll [Review]". Screencrush Network. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e Dietsch, TJ (24 July 2012). "CCI: Stephenson Gets Lost With "Nowhere Men"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Parker, John R. "Eric Stephenson Talks About The Return Of 'Nowhere Men'". Comics Alliance. Screencrush Network. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Image Comics: Nowhere Men #7". Image Comics. Image Comics. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  7. ^ a b Butler, Madison. "Review: Nowhere Men 8". Graphic Policy. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  8. ^ Wolk, Douglas (13 December 2013). "Reanimated: 'Nowhere Men, Vol. 1,' and More". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  9. ^ Richards, Ron (28 November 2012). "Review: Nowhere Men #1". iFanboy. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  10. ^ Gustines, George Gene (1 January 2014). "Two Graphic Narratives, Inspired by the Fab Four". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  11. ^ a b "2014 Eisner Award Nominees Announced". Comic Book Resources. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  12. ^ a b Cavna, Michael (27 July 2014). "COMIC-CON 14: Here are your Eisner Award winners". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Image Comics: Nowhere Men #12". Image Comics. Image Comics. Archived from the original on 6 April 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  14. ^ a b Arrant, Chris (1 November 2013). "Eric Stephenson's NOWHERE MEN Rolls On Past First Arc". Newsarama. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Image Comics Series: Nowhere Men". Image Comics. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  16. ^ a b Peach, Josh (21 May 2014). "Nowhere Men still in development". Capeless Crusader. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  17. ^ "Image Comics Tweet (May 20, 2014)". Twitter. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  18. ^ Bellegarde, Nate (21 July 2014). "Where Are The Nowhere Men?". A Little Too Ralph (Tumblr). Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  19. ^ Meylikhov, Matthew (21 July 2014). "Nate Bellegarde Opens Up on the Whereabouts of "Nowhere Men"". Multiversity Comics. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  20. ^ "Nowhere Men Returns, Welcomes New Series Artist".
  21. ^ Wolverton, Andy. "Review: Nowhere Men, Volume 1: Fates Worse Than Death". Comics Alternative. Retrieved 16 August 2014.