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On The Throne: Porcelain38 Reviews Sweet Tooth Vol. 1

Written by Steven Harris on Friday, May 14 2010 and posted in Reviews

Porcelain38 tells you why you need to, no MUST! buy Sweet Tooth!

Comic Review Cover

Credits & Solicit Info:

Written by JEFF LEMIRE 
Art and cover by JEFF LEMIRE

The first five issues of Jeff Lemire's acclaimed new series introduce Gus, a rare new breed of human/animal hybrid who was raised in isolation following a pandemic that struck a decade earlier. Now, with the death of his father, he's left to fend for himself . . . until he meets a hulking drifter named Jepperd, who promises to help him. Jepperd and Gus set out on a post-apocalyptic journey into the devastated American landscape to find 'The Preserve,' a refuge for hybrids.


Vertigo/ 128pg/Color/Softcover/$9.99 US/Mature Readers


     There are only two books that I will "double dip" on. The first one is Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead. I have every single issue of The Walking Dead, every trade and every Absolute Edition. Why you ask? It's because it's  one of the two books that embody everything I love about comics.  The other book is and will continue to be Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth.
     Sweet Tooth: Out of the Deep Woods collects the first five issues of Vertigo's Sweet Tooth. Back in September '09 I picked up the first issue of Sweet Tooth for only a dollar. At the time I had never heard the name of Jeff Lemire, and I figured with that for a dollar it would be worth checking out knowing Vertigo's history of putting out great comics like Y: The Last Man and Preacher.  Immediately after finishing the first issue I knew that I had found yet another book to add to my pull-list because I could not wait to see where this book was going. This little odd ball of a book has found it's way to the top of my read pile every month and become my favorite Vertigo title to date.
     Sweet Tooth stars a young nine-year old boy named Gus who just so happens to have antlers growing out of this forehead. Gus lives in a post-apocalyptic world where some kind of illness has ravaged the population and "hybrid" animal children are the norm. Gus soon meets up with Jepperd, a hulking figure who promises to get Gus to the fabled "Preservation", a land where hybrid children are safe. Out Of The Woods follows Gus as he leaves home with Jepperd and explores the world for the first time. What he finds are savage cults, people struggling to survive in this new world, mass graves and deceit. 
     Jeff Lemire has knocked it out of the part by both writing and providing the art for this series.  Some might complain that the art seems a little...."off" but it helps to create the environment the book takes place in. Lemire's strong point is his ability to portray emotion in his character's faces and balance it with violent action scenes.  The inner monologues of Gus are truly heartbreaking at times when you realize how naive he is to the world surrounding him. The pay off of the book is when you reach the final issue of the trade and Lemire kicks you in the gut with emotional trauma. The things you want in a mature comic book such as fabulous art, graphic violence, swearing, high emotions and great story telling can be found within Sweet Tooth. 
      I honestly cannot say enough things about this book, but I don't need to: the book speaks for itself. Everyone seems to love this book such as Geoff Johns, Frank Quietly, and Frank Quietly just to name a few. More people need to buy this book and allow Lemire to tell his mater epic without fear of cancellation (as some Vertigo titles as of late have been).This book is absolutely perfect. It's easily accessible and a quick read. Best of all it's cheap ($10)! Go out and I buy it and I promise you will not be disappointed in it.



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