Even though the secret of why John Griffen wears those bandages is unceremoniously revealed on the back cover of the book, I choose not to spoil it here. Suffice it to say, Lemire pays tribute to a classic novel. In fact, he seems to have borrowed a little too much of the plot from that novel. The interesting part, for me at least, is what Lemire brings to the table on his own, namely a compelling depiction of a small town where isolation and paranoia bubbles not very far under the surface. I actually found the side characters much more intriguing than Griffen. I would've liked to know more about Vickie, the lonely girl who wants out of Large Mouth; crazy old Tommy Marvel and his scary dog; even that paranoid coot Teddy Henfrey.