Digital Mini Reviews | Sweet Tooth

Hi there!

I still don’t know how writer Jeff Lemire does it. It feels like the dude is parallelly writing 10 different series with 5 different publishers at the same time. While his stories aren’t always mind-boggling, they do sometimes turn out to be quite fantastic.

One of his most-beloved series is the six-volume (40-issues long) limited series published by Vertigo from September 2009 to January 2013 called Sweet Tooth. I first mentioned having started this series back in August 2020 and finally got around to finishing it up this year.

What is it about? The story introduces readers to Gus, a child of a rare breed that crosses human and animal genes. Growing up isolated from the world, a world that has known an unknown pandemic for the last decade, his father one day dies and leaves him to fend for himself until a strange drifter by the name of Jepperd promises him to help him out, opening the gate for him to the outside world for the first time in his life.


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22 comments

  • I thought back to your comment on my review of Noir Fatale and how the cover would put off a whole segment of readers. I have to admit, based on the covers I wouldn’t be reading these either. It’s not that it’s grotesque, as a sense of helplessness and infantileism?

    That being said, I am sorry to see that it went down near the end of the series. That’s just never fun to experience 😦

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    • I really can’t blame you hahaha The main pull for this series is the overall praise it gets from readers over the past years. It also helps that it was published under DC’s Vertigo imprint, for which I consider myself to be a primary target audience. I think my general tolerance for rougher artwork also allowed me to appreciate the story over time and to get used to the style as I progressed through it too.

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  • Mmmm honestly the art is off putting for me here. Don’t shoot but if I have to read comics I want the art to seduce me LOL

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  • Man, so close to a solid 4 star series, only to drop right off at the end. I hate when that happens. But I’m glad to hear you still got a lot of enjoyment out of most of it. Can’t wait to see what interesting and unusual set of stories you find next. 🙂

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    • I was quite surprised that the final volumes didn’t maintain the momentum and deliver something much more worthwhile. I’m sure others will still have a blast with the series though. Despite the letdown at the end, it was still a pretty good run in the end. Thanks for reading, as usual, my friend! 😀

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  • Nice to see you’ve rated it so highly for the most part. I often see people rave about this series, but I’ve avoided it because I wasn’t feeling the cover art. I bought the first volume couple months ago, so I eventually I’ll get to it.

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    • I totally understand. You’ll probably need to give it a bit of time to get used to the artwork but the cliffhanger in the first book should be enough to make you want to continue on to volume 2 though hahah Hope you have a good time with this series when you decide to crack open volume 1! 😀

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  • Ah, such a promising beginning and such a letdown end… Might check it out one day, anyway – just to see what crazy ideas Lemire had in store for this!

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  • Ahh….what a bummer, Lashaan! Started off promising 😦 I wonder though, why the rush? Budget constraints? but honestly though,…the covers…kinda put me off :S Great, honest mini reviews, Lashaan!

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    • Thanks for reading, Jee! I might also be in the minority regarding how the series ends. Some might find it completely satisfying. I just think the idea and direction weren’t satisfactory for me and that it could’ve all ended differently, and potentially, better. 😀

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  • I read the first book in this series, as you know because of the author’s home. It wasn’t for me, but that is not because it was not good, it just isn’t my genre. Nice post Lashaan. I get frustrated when it seems like an author rushes to finish when there is so much more I want to know or read. I understand your feelings.

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    • I’m actually quite glad to hear that you at least gave it a try, Carla! It’s definitely not something that I think could appeal to everyone. It’s such a frustrating feeling, right? I was hoping the finale would surpass the first volumes but it went down a path where there was just no coming from! Thanks for reading, Carla!

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