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When a surprise new member of the family arrives in the fading industrial town of Royal City looking for answers, the past and present all come together and the Pike family must face the truths about their youngest brother's death, decades earlier. The concluding chapter of this generation-spanning saga of one family haunted by their own private ghosts from the New York Ti When a surprise new member of the family arrives in the fading industrial town of Royal City looking for answers, the past and present all come together and the Pike family must face the truths about their youngest brother's death, decades earlier. The concluding chapter of this generation-spanning saga of one family haunted by their own private ghosts from the New York Times best-selling writer and artist Jeff Lemire (GIDEON FALLS, Sweet Tooth, Essex County). Collects ROYAL CITY #11-14


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When a surprise new member of the family arrives in the fading industrial town of Royal City looking for answers, the past and present all come together and the Pike family must face the truths about their youngest brother's death, decades earlier. The concluding chapter of this generation-spanning saga of one family haunted by their own private ghosts from the New York Ti When a surprise new member of the family arrives in the fading industrial town of Royal City looking for answers, the past and present all come together and the Pike family must face the truths about their youngest brother's death, decades earlier. The concluding chapter of this generation-spanning saga of one family haunted by their own private ghosts from the New York Times best-selling writer and artist Jeff Lemire (GIDEON FALLS, Sweet Tooth, Essex County). Collects ROYAL CITY #11-14

30 review for Royal City, Vol. 3: We All Float on

  1. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    The final chapter in one of the best slice of life stories. This is what it's all leading up to. We find out how the boy died. We also find out where the characters are, in their mindset. Some making choices that will completely alter their future. This is when most characters come head to head with each other instead of getting mostly individual stories leading up to a sweet, but bittersweet, ending. Good: Really loved the heck out of this family. All flawed, all broken, yet all very interestin The final chapter in one of the best slice of life stories. This is what it's all leading up to. We find out how the boy died. We also find out where the characters are, in their mindset. Some making choices that will completely alter their future. This is when most characters come head to head with each other instead of getting mostly individual stories leading up to a sweet, but bittersweet, ending. Good: Really loved the heck out of this family. All flawed, all broken, yet all very interesting. I liked how each character started their next chapter in their life, even with uncertainty you felt they were getting proper treatment. The atmosphere and art actually work in favor for this story. Bad: I felt another issue or two would have helped. Felt tad rushed a bit. I wanted to spend more time with them. Overall, if looking for one of the best slice of life stories, you can't go wrong with Royal City. Jeff Lemire made a truly remarkable series here. A 4 out of 5.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donovan

    A gut punch of a denouement for this grungy tale of magical realism and family drama.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    Jeff Lemire's slice of life family drama comes to an end with this volume, and it's a satisfying finale, if maybe a bit obvious in hindsight. In the end, it's no Essex County, but it's clear that Lemire had to work out some personal stuff on the page once again with this book, and the result is a simple but sincere and endearing story, and an exceedingly rare Image book that doesn't feature monsters, mythical creatures, superpowers or dystopian futures (not that there's anything wrong with that, Jeff Lemire's slice of life family drama comes to an end with this volume, and it's a satisfying finale, if maybe a bit obvious in hindsight. In the end, it's no Essex County, but it's clear that Lemire had to work out some personal stuff on the page once again with this book, and the result is a simple but sincere and endearing story, and an exceedingly rare Image book that doesn't feature monsters, mythical creatures, superpowers or dystopian futures (not that there's anything wrong with that, but I get enough of that from Marvel and DC, I don't need even more generic brand fantasy/sci-fi from you, Image, gosh).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jakub Kvíz

    Royal City konci a tim se uzavira pribeh dysfunkcni rodiny, kterou pronasleduje tragedie z minulosti. I pres prvky nadprirozena je tohle strasne civilni a osobni pribeh, kterej me chytil a nepustil az do konce. Finale je mozna takovy jednoduchy a bez nejakyho zvratu, ale byla to paradni jizda a tesim se, s cim prijde Lemire priste.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    A fine conclusion to this series. It's good that Lemire saved the final reveals of Tommy's last day for this final volume, as it's really the last surprise we get After that everything pretty much clicks together as people accept the change of life. It's a good finish for our Royal family, though not a particularly surprising one after that first issue.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Norman

    This series is the Jeff Lemire work I have been waiting for for years. As he says — “a non-genre book in today’s comics market is risky business” — but all I’ve wanted is a Lemire non-genre book! Beautifully articulate dialogue and monologues, unique stylized drawings, surreal storylines based in reality... Sad to see it go, but I’m glad to have seen how it ends.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    Whew...not really sure what to say. I definitely recommend it though. 5 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    lexi ✨

    this is probably one of my favourite graphic novel series of all time.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Suad Shamma

    Jeff Lemire does it again. I love his portrayal of human stories in comic book form. I love following his vision and outlook on family and life. This series follows the Pike family and examines life and death. Regret. Despair. Conflict. Family ties. Tragedy. Failure. Divorce. Marriage. Addiction. Loneliness. It is a beautiful display of human interactions and their struggle to survive in a world that has fallen apart for them. It is about coming together in times of need, when they've been separ Jeff Lemire does it again. I love his portrayal of human stories in comic book form. I love following his vision and outlook on family and life. This series follows the Pike family and examines life and death. Regret. Despair. Conflict. Family ties. Tragedy. Failure. Divorce. Marriage. Addiction. Loneliness. It is a beautiful display of human interactions and their struggle to survive in a world that has fallen apart for them. It is about coming together in times of need, when they've been separated for so long. It's a reflection of Lemire's own personal experiences, which adds a more personal and emotional touch to the whole series. I read all 3 volumes in one sitting, and I loved the progression of the story, the reveal of different aspects of the puzzle with every issue that gives you the overall picture at the end. The story revolves around the Dad who suffers a stroke and falls into a coma in the hospital. One brother, Patrick, the novelist, drives down from LA and is dealing with a failed novel and a cheating wife. Then there's the sister, Tara, who is trying to tear down the family business and move on with her life. And Richie, who is an addict and owes people a lot of money. And Patti, the mom, who is having an affair and is stuck in an unhappy marriage. Then, there's Tommy. Little brother Tommy, who at 14, drowned in 1993. Every member of the family is haunted by a different version of Tommy. I loved that perspective, and I loved seeing how every member visualizes Tommy and how that visualization steers them in different directions and impacts the decisions they make. One of my favorite things about Jeff Lemire is his graphic work. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful. His artwork is very emotive and expressive. He can fill the pages with just artwork and no words, and you will feel like you've read an entire novel with your eyes. One of my favorite graphic novels, just like Essex before it. I'm a huge fan.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maarten Van Meer

    Wow. Devastating and comforting at the same time. Great mixtapes too, especially for those who grew up in the nineties. Lemire’s best. And yes, compared to the first two volumes, this one feels a bit rushed and the story could also be told in a bit more detail over five or six more issues, but on the other hand it’s good the story is not overstretched too. One can wonder how this story would have been told if it was conceived as one (Blankets-sized) graphic novel instead of as an ongoing. It woul Wow. Devastating and comforting at the same time. Great mixtapes too, especially for those who grew up in the nineties. Lemire’s best. And yes, compared to the first two volumes, this one feels a bit rushed and the story could also be told in a bit more detail over five or six more issues, but on the other hand it’s good the story is not overstretched too. One can wonder how this story would have been told if it was conceived as one (Blankets-sized) graphic novel instead of as an ongoing. It would probably have been even better paced and given Lemire more freedom. But even while it could be improved, formatwise, this is an amazing book that will prove to be a Classic.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ambre Lee

    Since when do short-running graphic narratives leave you in tears? When Volume 3, We All Float On, weaves together the threads of each family member’s reaction to tragedy with a new life. Olive is the symbolic salve for the entire Pike family. Lemire even provides a soundtrack that heightens the ethereal moments of Olive listening to Tommy’s Walkman and Pat finally saying goodbye. Once you finish, you’ll want to return to the beginning.

  12. 5 out of 5

    tomwrote

    I've loved this series and am actually pleased that it ended up as three trades, rather than the larger world Lemire envisaged initially, since it now falls into the 'small but perfectly formed' category. The final issues had an emotional weight that came from a fine and proper place, being honest and positive, open, realistic, nostalgic and utterly human. (Read in issues)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #11 | #12 | #13 | #14 Total review score: 2.5

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mike Jorgensen

    Kind of an abrupt ending to a series that felt like it could have gone a bit longer but it was a good ending. This series didn't end up being quite as profound as I'd hoped, but I still really enjoyed it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Manni

    The conclusion had some intense moments, but as always: I love the quite moments the most. Those three panel pages without any dialogue always get me. This was one of the comics I finished reading, took a deep breath and just let it sink in for a minute. No matter the theme, Lemire's work always feels relatable on some level.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    This was an almost pitch perfect ending to a great Slice of Life Meats magic realism graphic novel. I agree with another reviewer who mentioned adding one more issue in to space things out would have made it perfect. Highly recommended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Williams

    Lemire takes the path through Royal City and ends it sooner than I anticipated, but the journey, while short, still packs an emotional punch and leaves you with a lasting impression. Cannot recommend this book enough.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    A perfect ending to another perfect Jeff Lemire story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Galih Khumaeni

    Royal City is a simple, endearing, honest, and bittersweet comic about a family. The ending is a little bit abrupt, but still satisfying.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Adam Osth

    I was really digging this series but it seemed to throw a lot of subtlety out the window for this conclusion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    This series is short and sweet. Like all of Jeff Lemire's work, this one is worth rereading. Beautifully done. Poignant.

  22. 5 out of 5

    David Wilson

    Such an amazing ending to this very personal story. It had me in tears. Go!! Read this!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Top 5 all-time graphic novel series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    John

    Pain is a phantom limb.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Martin Nachev

  26. 5 out of 5

    Wesley V

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jaroslav Z

  28. 5 out of 5

    James

  29. 5 out of 5

    kris

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

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