Friday, September 3, 2010

Sweet Tooth (Comic)

I read the first #12 issues of Sweet Tooth last night (there's 13 so far) and really enjoyed it. So much so that I'm itching to get my hands on the next one and impatient for more to be made!

Written and drawn by Jeff Lemire, Sweet Tooth is, as he put it in a letter to the fans, a cross between Bambi and Mad Max. The Official Sweet Tooth Blog describes the first issue this way:

After being raised in total isolation, Gus – a boy born with deer-like antlers – is left to survive in an American landscape devastated a decade earlier by an inexplicable pandemic.

Enter Jepperd, a violent, hulking drifter who soon takes in Gus and promises to lead him to "The Preserve," a fabled safe-haven for hybrid children.
Gus's dad has raised him to be a religious nut, saying, among other things, that the world outside is full of fire and sinners. In a way, he ends up not being that wrong, since this world is all that remains after a deadly plague killed most people and caused all babies born since to be part animal - and they all have bounties on their heads.
After his father's death, Gus runs afoul of what-remains-of-the-government and their experiments on the mutant children. It turns out, he's the oldest of them all and may be the "missing link" scientists have been looking for....

The rest you'll have to find out by reading for yourself. Definitely worth it!

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