Sweet Tooth #1 and #2

by on Oct.08, 2009, under Comics

Sweet Tooth #1 cover

Sweet Tooth #2 cover

Jeff Lemire has been on a tear lately. There was Essex County (reviewed here), The Nobody (an updated version of H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man), and now Sweet Tooth, which launched last month, second issue just out this week. All good stuff.

I didn’t write about the first issue of Sweet Tooth because I wasn’t sure whether I was going to stick with it. It seemed promising and the art has a rough quality I’ve come to like from Lemire (his hands and feet in particular seem not quite right, and everyone is foreshortened as if seen from a little above or below eye level). But I couldn’t yet tell what was going on.

That’s largely because the story is told from the perspective of a nine-year-old hybrid deer-boy raised in isolation by his deeply Christian father. He doesn’t know what’s going on in the world so neither do we. The issue ends with him lured in with chocolate and trapped by a pair of hunters.

In the second issue he’s rescued, and his rescuer fills us in on a little of the expository background: there’s been some kind of plague that’s both killed off nearly all the regular people and caused the birth of various kinds of hybrid children. The hybrid children are immune to the plague, which is why normal people hunt and try to eat them. By the end of #2 the boy is alone again, needing to make his way in a world he and the reader have yet to discover or understand.

So now I’ve decided: I like it and plan to keep getting it. So should you.

Preview from issue #2 below the fold.

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