Sweet Tooth Vol. 1: Out of the Woods

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Following on the heels of THE NOBODY, his Vertigo graphic novel debut, writer/artist Jeff Lemire pens his very first ongoing series SWEET TOOTH. A cross between Bambi and Cormac McCarthy's The Road, SWEET TOOTH tells the story of Gus, a rare new breed of human/animal hybrid children, has been raised in isolation following an inexplicable 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 ...

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Overview

Following on the heels of THE NOBODY, his Vertigo graphic novel debut, writer/artist Jeff Lemire pens his very first ongoing series SWEET TOOTH. A cross between Bambi and Cormac McCarthy's The Road, SWEET TOOTH tells the story of Gus, a rare new breed of human/animal hybrid children, has been raised in isolation following an inexplicable 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.

This unique and haunting new series is written and illustrated by Eisner-nominated creator Lemire (The Essex County Trilogy) and colored by fellow Eisner nominee Jose Villarubia.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
School Library Journal
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

  • ISBN-13: 9781401226961
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 5/18/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 528,837
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Lemire is the creator of the acclaimed Essex County Trilogy, the Vertigo graphic novel The Nobody, and is the winner of a Xeric Award and YALSA Alex Award. He is currently the writer for DC Comics' Animal Man, Frankenstein: Agent Of S.H.A.D.E., and Vertigo/DC's Sweet Tooth. He has also previously written the Eisner-nominated Superboy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    A solid start

    From the wonderful writer of essex county comes a bleak apocalypse

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

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    I’ve heard nothing but good things about Jeff Lemire&rsquo

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth. After finagling diving into via the first trade I see some of that but I’m not completely hooked yet. The world that Lemire introduces here is something I want to know more about. While intriguing the story was a little flat but I think it’ll speed up. Overall a decent start but I wished it wowed me.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

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    Enjoyable Story

    I had heard lots of great things about this book, so I decided to give it shot. As I started reading I was really enjoying the story. I felt for the main character and his predicament. His savior really comes off as a true tough guy. Even though he is a tough guy, you can tell he is really struggling with some emotional conundrums. The artwork is wonderfully different, the raw energy pours off the page.

    I was a little disappointed when I got to the end of the book and it didn’t…end. I didn’t realize this was volume 1. So I was really looking forward to a conclusion so I am bit disappointed. I am not sure if my interest level was peaked enough to continue on to the next volumes.

    Reviewed by Chris for Book Sake.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

    Must Have!

    Best Graphic Novel I've ever read. Not recommended for kids! Great story line and great artwork.

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