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Sweet Tooth, Vol. 1: Out of the Deep Woods (Sweet Tooth #1-5)

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Following on the heels of THE NOBODY, his Vertigo graphic novel debut, writer/artist Jeff Lemire pens his very first ongoing series SWEET TOOTH. 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 earli ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Vertigo
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Sep 15, 2014 Ana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dystopian lovers.
A plague is wiping out an entire generation to make way for a new animal-human hybrid race. Gus is one of them.

Born with a human body and antlers, Gus has left the woods where he and his father lived in an isolated cabin.


After tragedy strikes, Gus is forced out of his homeland and follows Mr. Jeppers, a man who not only gives him his nick name "Sweet Tooth," but he also promises to escort him to "the preserve," a sanctuary for those like Gus. Our world has been wiped out, and now the roads are
Sam Quixote
Gus or "Sweet Tooth", as he's nicknamed, is a young boy who lives in the woods with his father. Some sort of freak accident has mutated Sweet Tooth so that he has antlers on his head. When his father dies, he ventures out of the woods where he is ambushed by hunters and is saved by a mysterious, extremely tough man called Jepperd. With no choice but to follow his guardian, Sweet Tooth embarks on a journey out of the deep woods and into the wide world with Jepperd. But who is this man and why is ...more
I think this is my favorite of the several Jeff Lemires I've read.

Post-apocalyptic world where most of the population has died of an illness and there are mutant children with animal features.

It's in color, which is great. There are ambiguous relationships, you don't know who to trust. And you don't know where this world is gonna go. Made me want to know what would happen next, which is important, I think. ;) Still a little dark for me, and I'm not sure I'll read the next one, but there are st
Nicholas Karpuk
There's an insane amount of post-apocalyptic fiction floating around in the comic world. Sure it's nowhere near super heroes (though what is?) or zombies, but the notion of a desolate world with survivors scraping by through any means necessary must strike a nerve with comic readers.

It's essentially what the western has become in a world where we no longer have any notion of open, unexplored plains and far flung territories. To the modern audience it's more plausible to imagine the existing worl
Kasey Jane
Imagine if the Animals from Wicked inhabited the bleak post-apocalyptic waste that is Cormac McCarthy's The Road. You're on your way to the Sweet Tooth experience.

This was a surreal, strange story of a trusting child's attempt to survive in a world of lawlessness and devastation. Gus's innocent faith in the goodness of others is oddly touching because the reader can glimpse dark intentions that he cannot.

Lemire's art paired well with the story. Comics are a strange medium because they pair two v
Candice M (tinylibrarian)
Dear Jeff Lemire,

Please don't hurt sweet Gus. I will turn my apartment into a sanctuary where Gus can snuggle my kitties and eat veggie meals and chocolate.


Athena (Shardbearer)
I need the next one soon! So scary and gripping. Poor Gus/Sweet Tooth. So young and all alone. Damn those people out hunting his kind.
Wow. I've only just discovered Jeff Lemire, who's the creator of this series, and I'm really glad I did.

We begin this story with a small boy in a cabin... who's got antlers. You see, this one's a post-apocalyptic tale where the majority of people who survived a decimating plague are young human-animal hybrid children.

Sounds kind of silly, doesn't it? Well, it's really amazing.

Author Jeff Lemire writes and draws this comic (with a little help from Jose Villarrubia on colors). As with the few w
Wow. Sweet Tooth, Vol. 1: Out of the Deep Woods completely blindsided me. Picking up this graphic novel, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did because the artwork isn't particularly appealing to me. However, once I started reading, the dark story completely engulfed me and the art further enhanced the macabre experience.

Sweet Tooth is Mad Max meets Bambi with a dose of The Walking Dead. It's tragic, yet sweet and Gus will melt your heart. I can see myself becoming addicted to this seri
I think this is the first comic I've read from cartoonist Jeff Lemire. I wasn't particularly taken with it. Lemire spins a post-apocalyptic fable about a young boy (Gus) who, for reasons as yet unexplained (but tied to the apocalyptic badness) is some sort of human animal hybrid sporting antlers.

Unfortunately the story is very slight. There's a sort of rural "hero's journey" going, replete with prophetic dreams, the hero leaving home to discover the larger world, and various encounters with bad
The idea of a man/deer hybrid as the basis for a comic sounded pretty ridiculous at first. That notion changed however when I got absorbed into Jeff Lemire's surreal fantasy that is Sweet Tooth. The artwork was detailed throughout the entire read.

The main plot centers around a dystopian world where people are dying off from an unknown disease. Gus is a hybrid deer/human with antlers on his head who must be kept hidden from the outside world by his (supposedly) adopted father. He warns him const
Saw this show up in others' GoodReads feeds, seemed like a good sign. It took no time at all to read - not very deep, not a lot of text. I found myself wanting to find out what happens, so by that measure it's a good book. But by the end I realised how little there was to the story so far, and how much deeper or more malevolent I want to see it go. Mad Max, post-apocalyptic, whatever. Show me the horror of the new world. Ultimately this felt like a teaser, not the *real* story. That comes next ( ...more
Just got it and read the first issue. Loved it right away and had a hard time stopping.. So i ended up reading a few pages into the second issue as i tried to close the book. I really don't know how I didn't hear about this sooner. This is exactly the kind of stuff I look for. I'm vowing right now to read this series as slowly as possible. I'm already disappointed to know its not still continuing
Jeff Lemire Jeff Lemire is slowly but surely becoming my favorite comic creator. From my first exposure The Collected Essex County to his most recent OGN The Underwater Welder and his current ongoing Trillium #1 he is the creator I gravitate toward. His art is generally loose and quirky which I love but it may not be everyones cuppa', but as with all books, novellas, shorts or graphic novels, it's all about the stories. That's what brings Lemire to the forefront for me.

This is a PA story that slowly builds
Cool story, standard post apocalyptica-with a twist that the only folks to come out of the plague in one piece are the strange human/animal hybrids born since the world began to crumble. Of course, as humans are want to do, since these innocent hybrid kids are doing fine, those in power decide to hunt them down and destroy them.

The one thing that I that takes away from the well paced, engaging story telling is the hideous art style. WTF. COMICS? The past 3 titles I have read had absolutely repu
Tippy Jackson
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There's no easy way to classify Jeff Lemire's engrossing epic Sweet Tooth. It's been compared to a lot of post-apocalyptic stories, most notably Stephen King's The Stand and Mad Max. But though those influences do show more often then not, Lemire's got his own game plan and is playing his own damn way, because you never know where he's going to take you next or what trick he's going to pull on you. He's a master of characterization, with a world and characters so realized here that it's easy to ...more
Carrie Wolfson
Loving this series. Post-apocalyptic road-trip/survival story much like Y: The Last Man and The Walking Dead, but, well, a little sweeter (though there's still violence a-plenty). Children with animal features have been born in the US since a mysterious plague caused societal collapse a decade prior. Gus, a boy with deer features lives alone in the backwoods with his God-fearing father. He's never seen another human being. Dad passes away, and the boy is rescued from trophy hunters by "the big m ...more
This series really hits the spot, although it seems somewhat oblivious to its format. I'd be quite surprised if Sweet Tooth was written mindful of the fact that it would originally be published 28 pages at a time. This story saunters forward at a pace that would really leave me feeling unsatisfied if I read it one month at a time. While this is a problem endemic to the industry due to the ascendence of trade paperbacks, I think it is especially pronounced in Sweet Tooth. However, I am reading th ...more
Joe Young
Jeff Lemire - writer & artist

In the near future a catastrophic event ruins much of the world and causes those who survived to produce mutated children -- babies born with rabbit ears, walrus tusks or other such bestial appendages. Sweet Tooth: Out of the Deep Woods tells the story of a boy named Gus who was born with antlers on his head. Gus lives with his father in an isolated cabin deep in the woods. One day Gus finds a candy bar lying in the snow while he is out gathering firewood. This s
Jul 24, 2010 Jace rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Vertigo has got a great thing going--a trend of retailing the first Trade Paperback of a new series (usually comprising the first 5 issues) for $9.99. (And if you order the book from an internet retailer, you can usually find it discounted down to $6. Of course, I would recommend you pay the full price and support your Local Comic Shop.) I've taken advantage of this deal a number of time, and while it usually works out well (Fables, House of Mystery) there have also been some major disappointmen ...more
William Thomas
When I was younger, I despised highly stylized art as lazy. This is what kept me from quite a few great series. Older now, I can see what lazy art really is no matter what the style. This art seems to sway back and forth between being fantastic and mediocre and that is what keeps it from reaching 5 stars. Because when your monologue, story and dialogue are so sparse, the artwork
Must always come on strong.

The story is fairly typical post-apocalyptic fair with extremely strong writing and highly
Perhaps it's because I chose two stellar graphic novel series for my first two outings with the genre (Warren Ellis's Transmetropolitan and Neil Gaiman's Sandman series,) but this one rather left me saying "Meh... it wasn't awful." The illustrations are decent, but can't compare to either of the others, and the story was all right, not spectacular, but a bit uneven and frankly totally predictable so far. The second volume has apparently just been published in book format, which is why I found ou ...more
Evan Dossey
Pure brilliance.

Lemire both writes and draws the story of Gus, a human-deer hybrid child whose fundamentalist father kept him secluded from the outside world for nine years. The world outside has been ravaged by a plague. When Gus's dad succumbs to the sickness, Gus finally ventures out into the world beyond, encountering dangers, mystery, and ultimately his destiny.

The series will run a total of 40 issues, and end in mid-2013. So far, it's an incredible and genuinely sad story. *Sad*. Not depr
Reprints Sweet Tooth #1-5 (November 2009-March 2010). Something has happened…a disease has destroyed the world and the survivors are slowly dying. A new breed of humans called Hybrids have been born that are a mix of animals and humans. Gus and his father have lived alone in the woods for years, but now Gus’s father is gone. When hunters come for Gus, Gus is saved by a man named Jepperd…now Gus is leaving the woods for the first time and having to learn to trust.

Written and illustrated by Jeff L
Melanie Goetz
I was looking for a completely different "Sweet Tooth", when I saw this and thought: huh. Looks interesting. Plus, it got some great reviews, so I'll give it a try.

Well, I liked it, but I won't be rushing out to get the next one. Gus, or Sweet Tooth, is a boy who grows up in the forest with his dad who tells him never ever to leave the forest, because the outside world is an all-consuming hell.
It turns out that a plague has ravished the world and only kids who are some sort of animal-human hybri
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Tristan Palmer
It's a fresh post-apocalyptic tale about innocence. You don't really get that much, it's usually a Mad Max, or some despondent social commentary that ends up making the point that it's a blessing to the Earth that people don't exist anymore, or are on their way out.

And needless to say, Jeff Lemire is displaying his excellence in storytelling through this medium. He paces and plots incredibly well.
If you like The Road you'll probably like Sweet Tooth. Gus and the hybrid human animal children of the story remind me of an Alfred Hitchcock Mysteries book I had as a child, about people participating in some ancient rite that transforms them into animals, creepy yet piteous. I'll keep reading the trades, if only to find out what happened to the world and get the mystery of Gus' origins.
The Basics

Meet Gus. He’s the survivor of an apocalypse he doesn’t fully understand, mainly because his father has protected him from the world his entire life. There was a virus, and those who are left like to hunt, kill, or use in any way they see fit kids like Gus. Meaning kids who are part human and part animal. When Gus’s father dies, his story really begins.

My Thoughts

This first batch of issues mostly consists of setup. It’s great setup that showcases a fascinating world, a couple of engagi
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Jeff Lemire is an award-winning Canadian cartoonist, and the author of the Essex County Trilogy, Sweet Tooth and The Nobody. Lemire is known for a his moody, humanistic stories and sketchy, cinematic, black-and-white art.
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“Sometimes at night, when I wake up real late, I can hear my dad talking to God. He whispers, but I still hear him.
I even hear him crying sometimes, when God says something sad.”
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