Mar 01

Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire

Sweet Tooth Vol. 1: Out of the Woods and Sweet Tooth Vol. 2: In Captivity by Jeff Lemire are the first two volumes of a ongoing graphic novel. The books take place in an apocalyptic world where most of the population has been wiped out and children are being born as animal/human hybrids.

While apocalyptic graphic novels are not uncommon (I have read and enjoyed Y The Last Man and some of the The Walking Dead), Sweet Tooth is different. The main character is a very sheltered, very innocent seven year old boy. Perhaps because I could not help thinking about my own seven year old boy I found the story very affecting.

Jeff Lemire has a visual style that meshes really well with the story being told. He uses both page layout and changes to the art style very effectively.

While the story has many elements we’ve seen before (gruff mercenary type who may care more than he lets on, evil scientist believing the end justifies the means) the main character is original.

I recommend the first two volumes and I am looking forward to reading the third when it is available. Be warned though, this may be a difficult read for people who will be upset by a story about a seven year old in distress.

 

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