Review: Sweet Tooth Vol. 1: Out of the Woods

Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth Vol. 1: Out of the Woods
Jeff Lemire
Vertigo, 2010

Described by the USA Today as “Mad Max with antlers,” Jeff Lemire’s new series of post-apocalyptic graphic novels departs from the quiet domestic tales of his previous works into territory more reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

Gus is a hybrid, a child raised in the wake of a mysterious plague that has decimated mankind and bearing strange, animal-like attributes. Hybrids also possess a curious immunity to the lingering sickness that threatens the few adult survivors that remain, an immunity that also makes them a valuable commodity for those who would find a cure.

Gus’s father does what he can to protect his son from poachers, but when the father himself  succumbs to the sickness, Gus must break his father’s rules and venture outside the secluded wood where he had been sheltered all his life. With the help of a violent but seemingly benevolent drifter named Jepperd, Gus sets out for “The Preserve,” a place rumored to provide sanctuary for hybrid children. Along the way, the pair encounter the worst of the human remnant, desperate individuals who do whatever they can to survive amid the ruins of civilization.

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