Sweet Tooth Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire


Publisher: DC Comics

Page count: 128 pages (US paperback edition)

Source: I checked this out from the public library

Format: Paperback


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. (Summary provided by Barnesandnoble.com) 


Graphic novels have never been my thing, I just find it hard to connect with the story since they are mostly told in graphics and are also told in a very limited amount of pages.

Well, last night I picked up Sweet Tooth and by very much surprise,  I enjoyed it. Sweet Tooth is a story that is wildly original and gritty. It gives a very compelling take on the post-apocalyptic genre that had me craving for more after the very short length of 128 pages.

Here’s what I liked:

The story: Like I said before, this is a story that I have never seen before (and trust me, I have read a LOT of post- apocalyptic/dystopian in my time).

The characters: Since this is a graphic novel, I was pleasantly surprised to find that these characters were really interesting and three-dimensional.

What I didn’t like:

The length: Look, I understand that this is a graphic novel but this is one of the shortest that I’ve read and I don’t think it worked as a benefit because it stopped in such a weird and awkward place that I found almost cringe worthy when I finished.

Starred rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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