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Sweet Tooth Vol. 1: Out of the Deep Woods Paperback – May 18, 2010
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This book is a trifecta of near-perfection: 1. Deceptively simple, engaging plot 2. Fascinating, unique concept with amazing characters 3. Artwork that perfectly conveys the mood of the story. At times when reading this book, I was so engrossed and emotionally connected with "Sweet Tooth" that I felt I WAS him, cowering under Mr. Jepperd's protective violence.
The set-up sounds like a weird combination, but "Sweet Tooth" succeeds where others like "Preacher" and even "Ex Machina" fall a bit short. This is the kind of book that confirms that we indeed live in the absolute best time in history (so far) for the graphic novel medium. Pick up this book - you won't forget it.
I have to start this by saying I am a huge Jeff Lemire fan and this original series by him is amazing.
You really feel for and care for the protagonist Gus because of how Lemire writes him and his origin.
The story is really unique, its a post-apocalyptic world with animal human hybrids who are hunted (Gus is a deer-human) and the only person Gus has ever know has recently died after instilling in him a strong religious belief system. Going beyond that would ruin some of the story, which I think is something Mr. Lemire has written beautifully and deserves to be read, not explained by someone with an Amazon account.
I really hope you enjoy this book and the entire series as much as I did.
So, in this review, you're getting a review for Volume One: Out of the Woods, Volume Two: In Captivity, and Volume Three: Animal Armies.
Sweet Tooth takes place in a post-apocalyptic time, where a majority of the world has been wiped out by the plague. The few survivors of this disease are divided into three primary groups: the remnants of the government/military, a rabid cult, and the "hybrids." The hybrids are a mix of animal/humans who are immune to the disease that has swept the world. As a result, they're hunted down by the cult, the rogue militia, and any human stragglers who want to sell them for goods.
God, this story is bleak. Don't sit down and read this book expecting to feel anything but dread. There are small pockets of happiness, but those moments are fleeting. This comic will rip out your guts and sap any semblance of hope from your body. It is gruesome. It is haunting. And it is SAD. Oh man is it sad.
Unlike so many other post-apocalyptic stories out there, this one is frighteningly realistic. I think this is because Lemire uses this comic to really explore human behavior. Many of the situations in this comic expose how our natural instincts often betray our set of values. There are many scenes in this comic where characters are faced with the "right" and "wrong" thing to do. While usual comic protagonists would choose the right thing to do despite putting their life on the line, the characters in this story do whatever keeps them alive. They make realistic decisions that aren't necessarily going to be accepted by the reader, and they do so constantly.Read more ›
The comparison to Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" is apt. Gus and his father live alone in the woods in what used to be Nebraska, several years after a catastrophe killed off most of the world's population and created a generation of mutated children who seem to be immune to the ensuing plague. Gus's father keeps his son close to protect him, with the result that when he dies, Gus is utterly unprepared for life in a harsh world. When a man named Jepperd arrives and offers to escort Gus to a safe place, the wary boy takes a chance, setting off on a journey.
This is an introductory volume, and it ends on a cliffhanger. Little about Gus's world beyond the cabin is examined, which makes sense since the protagonist is new to the broader world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I actually liked this more than I thought I would. I really want to see what is going to happen next. I will be reading book two!Published 9 days ago by Kathy
The hubby and I visited a comic book shop in Fort Collins back in February. While browsing around I asked the guy at the counter what he would recommend. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessi
My only qualm with this book is that the pages aren't glossy; they are like newspaper pages.Published 7 months ago by AllisonMac
I'm really intrigued. This is such a unique story and in already hooked. I will definitely be reading the following volumes.Published 8 months ago by Cayla
Absolutely addicting books! Lemire is a genius! If you like dark post apocalyptic world stories this is for you.Published 12 months ago by Jenny Muse
I was sucked in immediately and read this entire volume without pausing. I can't wait to get the rest of them.Published 12 months ago by Tim Winters
this is my favorite series, i bought this one and then the five others that follow it. the story and the art is completely on of a kind. Read morePublished 13 months ago by sage