Thursday, June 12, 2014
Sweet Tooth (volumes 1 and 2) by Jeff Lemire
Oh, Sweet Tooth, how I love thee. Or maybe my silent prayer to the book gods should really be in honor of Jeff Lemire. I have a sneaking suspicion I'm going to read EVERYTHING he's written after picking these beauties up for Bout of Books 10.
Sweet Tooth is the story of a world gone all awry. After a strange plague wipes out most of humanity, all children are born animal hybrids, and they aren't susceptible to the illness like the regular folks. The protagonist is Gus, a nine-year-old boy who's been raised in the woods by his fundamentalist father. While Gus was taught NEVER to leave the woods, through various twists of fate he's connected with a man who's been personally touched by the mysterious plague and he leaves the woods forever. What he finds outside his safe place is a world of violence and uncertainty.
I liked it more than Saga. I know! I KNOW! Saga is the it series right now, and everyone loves it, so this will sound like crazy talk to some of you, but I find the characters in Sweet Tooth to be far more sympathetic and written with greater depth. The plot doesn't sound like anything new if you've read post-apocalyptic fiction, but the wonderful characterization combined with awesome artwork really flips my switch.
I picked up the first volume, Out of the Deep Woods (or listed as Out of the Woods in some locations), late in the Bout of Books readathon, and I sucked it right down. After I finished it, the desire to read more was really nagging at me, so I went ahead and spent part of an Amazon wedding gift card on the second volume, In Captivity. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I'll continue with this series, and it cannot come soon enough!
Jeff Lemire...you get me.
Pub. Date: Beginning in May 2010
Publisher: Vertigo (DC Comics)
Source: Bought 'em!