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The latest entry in the postapocalyptic survivalist fantasy stakes has a peculiar sentimental streak in it. Gus, an almost parodically naïve young boy with antlers sprouting from his forehead and a taste for chocolate, is one of the few children born after some kind of manmade catastrophe. Following the death of his Bible-thumping father, the only other person he's ever known, he's rescued from hunters by a hulking, rifle-toting man called Jepperd, who promises to take him to a sanctuary for kids like him (and slaughters the refugees from Clichéd Dialogue University who get in their way en route). But could Jepperd be more than he seems? (One guess.) Lemire's thick, crunching brush strokes can be rawly expressive; he's got a terrific sense of composition and narrative flow, and the crumbling settings he draws effectively evoke a blasted, forsaken world. Too often, though, his artwork simply comes off as crude. His characters' bodies and features are often distractingly inconsistent from one panel to the next. And Gus's dream vision of a cartoon deer (identified as Dandy) telling him to run away, which should be a dramatic peak of this volume, falls flat because Lemire can't pull off his attempted shift away from his baseline style. (May)
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Gr 10 Up–Years ago during the Affliction, billions of people died and children were born as human/animal hybrids. Gus, a human/deer hybrid, was raised in isolation for years, but after his father dies hunters come to capture him. He is rescued by a mysterious man who tells him that he will take him to a preserve for hybrid children. While Gus is never sure if he should trust Jepperd, he goes with him because he is lonely. What follows is a voyage through what is left of the country, during which Jepperd gives Gus candy (and the nickname "Sweet Tooth") and fights through all of the obstacles that are in their way, usually with violent methods. While Gus is the protagonist, Jepperd continues to steal the spotlight. Readers know that he has sympathy for Gus and for other characters they meet along the way, and they know that he saves Gus's life multiple times. But they also know that he frequently lies. What isn't clear until the end of the book is just how much he has been lying. Sweet Tooth is often visually stunning and even cinematic. It primarily uses a muted palette that reflects the darkness of this postapocalyptic world, but bright colors burst from the page during moments of violence, and there are quite a few of those in this book. An outstanding choice for most collections.Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • Series: Sweet Tooth (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; First Edition edition (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401226965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401226961
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sweet Tooth", written and drawn by Jeff Lemire, may be the most original graphic novel concept since "Y the Last Man." It's a dark tale of a hybrid deer-boy "Gus/Sweet Tooth" and his thuggish killer/protector, Jepperd. They wade through a post-apocalyptic hyper-violent mileu, encountering obstacles, which beneath the violence, deal with emotional issues.

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.
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Great graphic novel.
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.
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By Torie J on October 15, 2014
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I'm reviewing three volumes of Sweet Tooth in one post because I accidentally binge-read it and it's easier this way. Whatever. Three birds with one stone!

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.

Brace yourself.

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.
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"Sweet Tooth", written and drawn by Jeff Lemire, delivers on its promise of being Bambi mixed with the road, although it does somewhat rely on various apocalyptic cliches. The main character's naiveté is both endearing and helpful to the story, but the world seems slightly underdeveloped and the kinds of characters Gas encounters are fairly stock. In other words, it's not Cormac McCarthy. Furthermore, Lemire has a gift for writing families, but we see none of that in this book. Lemire's expressionistic and simple artwork does excellently complement the story though, and the premise is fascinating. That said, some of the praise for this book against writing by Garth Ennis and Brian Vaughn seems to be predicated no not really appreciating the non-comic apocalyptic cliches that this otherwise original book builds most of its plot on. The limits of the perspective of Gus really does limit what we can see in the larger world, and this leaves a lot open for the book to develop in an interesting matter. Given Lemire's other work, there is plenty to be excited about despite a lot of somewhat overused tropes holding it together.
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This is a promising and intriguing start to a series by Lemire, one of the most interesting people working in the genre today.

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.
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