When I was in my early 20’s, and just starting in law enforcement, I was working nights, had lost touch with a lot of friends, and was looking for some way to spend my limited free time. I picked up a handful of comic books from a Half Price Books and was hooked. I’d steered clear of comic books because I always felt I wouldn’t know what was going on since some stories go as far back as the 1930’s. I honestly had no clue of the myriad of books that WEREN’T about super heroes. DC Vertigo books were just what I was looking for. Although it has been years since I first read it, my first comic review will be for one of my absolute favorites: Jeff Lemire’s SWEET TOOTH Vol. 1.
Collecting the first 5 issues of Jeff Lemire’s SWEET TOOTH, this 15 minute read introduces us to Gus, a child/animal hybrid, born into a post apocalyptic world. Living isolated, deep in the woods, Gus’s father is trying to keep him from the outside world. With isolation comes innocence. When tragedy befalls Gus, he sets out on a journey with a stranger who promises him safety. Avoiding spoilers, I can tell you this book encompasses my favorite themes of apocalypse, adventure, heroism and betrayals. Jeff Lemire’s books often have a theme of father/son relationships that have always appealed to me. This one is no different. Gus will have to reconcile the 5 Golden Rules his father always told him to live by with his new found place in the world. Described as “Excellent,” “Brilliant” and “fantastic” by several reviews, I can assure you the next volumes do not disappoint.
Title: Sweet Tooth Vol. 1/ Out of the Woods
Author/Illustrator: Jeff Lemire
Publisher: DC Vertigo
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