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

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,361 Ratings  ·  568 Reviews
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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Raeleen Lemay
Jun 25, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphicomanga
I'm not sure if I agree with this being compared to Mad Max, but I really enjoyed it! I wish it was longer though, I feel like I didn't experience that much during this volume. I'm excited for the next one!
Feb 21, 2015 Joca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Sep 15, 2014 Anasylvia rated it really liked it
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
Lindsey Rey
Jul 06, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2015
[4.5 Stars]
Crystal Starr Light
May 08, 2015 Crystal Starr Light rated it really liked it
Bullet Review:

That was a pleasant surprise. Weird, but interesting and gritty too. I have no clue how it's possible for these half-human, half-animal kids to exist, but hopefully it's explained in later books.
Vitor Martins
Adorei essa história! Estou muito muito curioso pra ler os próximos volumes e saber o que vai acontecer daqui pra frente!
Sam Quixote
Sep 19, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
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
B u n n y ♥  | Maxi
Dec 03, 2015 B u n n y ♥ | Maxi rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-my-shelf, 2015
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I didn't find the plot interesting until the very end, when there's a cliffhanger. Until that, I was bored.
I didn't care for any of the characters since I wasn't captivated enough to really give a shit about them.

The setting seemed pretty promising and original but it wasn't that good in the end, I wished more things were explained about this new version of the world.

The art and this first volume in general left me unsatisfied.
Jenny (adultishbooks)
Sep 09, 2015 Jenny (adultishbooks) rated it really liked it
Really liked this. I felt like they were setting up the story and it is just getting started but I'm interested to continue on. I feel really sympathetic towards Gus.
May 23, 2012 Raina rated it really liked it
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
May 31, 2015 Cath rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
This was sooooo good! Ahhh I need the next volume now!
Nicholas Karpuk
Aug 31, 2012 Nicholas Karpuk rated it really liked it
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
Jun 26, 2015 April rated it really liked it

It's been a while since I last read a graphic novel that genuinely crawled under my skin (and I'm including Charles Burns' Black Hole); that is, until I picked up Sweet Tooth. As heartbreaking as it is riveting, Sweet Tooth takes us into a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world wherein lies new animal-human hybrids, amongst which is Gus, our central protagonist. Following his Father's fateful tragedy, Gus begins to long for adventure outside the very woods he has been confined in. Unfortunately for
Plague Jack
Mar 14, 2015 Plague Jack rated it really liked it

Gus is a human deer hybrid who has spent the last nine years living in a cabin with his father. When the deer-child's father dies of plague, young Gus befriends a wandering drifter named Jepperd and the pair journey across a post-apocalyptic version of America's heartland.

There really isn't much in Sweet Tooth Vol.1, but I liked it all the same. I usually think that graphic novels need to be read in bulk to be fully appreciated, and I have the feeling Sweet Tooth is no exception. The characters
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.
Liz Janet
Jan 09, 2016 Liz Janet rated it did not like it
Out of the Deep Woods? How about your sexist ass stays in the woods!
Jan 30, 2016 Otherwyrld rated it really liked it
The first volume of this story is set in an unspecified time in the not too distant future where most humans have been wiped out by some kind of plague, and the few that are left are still infected and dying. All of the children born after this plague are weird animal human hybrids who do not seem to be affected by the plague.

Our main protagonist is Gus, one of the hybrid children, who lives alone in the woods with just his father to guide his. When his father dies, Gus is forced out into a worl
Elizabeth A
Oct 08, 2015 Elizabeth A rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphix, 2015
I've loved Saga and Ms. Marvel so much that I've broken the promise I made to myself to only start a book when a series is completed. And as expected with those aforementioned graphic novels, I'm now all caught up and wondering if the author is sitting down and writing, or wasting time gallivanting about town. So, you know I made dang sure that this was a completed series before I started on this graphic novel.

This series has been labeled as a cross between Bambi and Cormac McCarthy's The Road.
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
Feb 15, 2015 Ema rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-english, e-book
Não resisti, tive de arranjar o primeiro volume. E não me desiludiu. É uma história triste, mas muito boa. Faz-me lembrar The Walking Dead, porque há mortos por todo o lado e as personagens passam a vida a fugir. Mas o conceito é completamente diferente, porque há híbridos em vez de zombies. Vou continuar a ler com certeza.
Amanda Pearl
This is a very interesting little series. I am really curious about the world and the events that lead up to the present. What is this mysterious plague? What happened during the initial outbreak? Why the heck are some children born hybrids and why is Gus even more different? This is a great set up to a post apocalyptic world, very well done.

Sweet Tooth is everything I like in comics, weird, dark, gritty, and well plotted. I am going to start volume 2 right away, I think we're only just beginnin
Bryan Alexander
Mar 20, 2015 Bryan Alexander rated it really liked it
This is my second Jeff Lemire book, and I'm increasingly impressed.

Sweet Tooth is a post-apocalyptic story focused on a single character after a plague has wiped out civilization. Gus, a/k/a Sweet Tooth, is a mutant boy, a kind of animal-human hybrid - i.e., he has some deer characteristics, including antlers.

The story so far (this is just volume 1) begins with Gus in his family home, a shack in the "deep woods", where he lives with his Bible-obsessed father. They exist in isolation, terrified
Sep 18, 2010 Mike rated it liked it
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
Tânia M.
Mar 20, 2015 Tânia M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Gostei. Vou continuar a ler os restantes volumes com certeza.
Jun 13, 2015 Carmen rated it really liked it
How weird it is to enter a postapocalyptic world where half the population is dead, Children are born with animal characteristics and still enjoy the Story? I liked it more than I expected. This Bambi meets The Walking Dead meets The Road is oddly sweet and so is Gus,the main character who has been brought up in isolation and now he has to face the real world. He has been told to hide in the woods because the World is dangerous,cruel and evil. But he is forced to run away and in his journey he f ...more
Candice M (tinylibrarian)
Jun 09, 2010 Candice M (tinylibrarian) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, ggn11noms
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.


Jan 11, 2016 Ints rated it really liked it
Nav slikts komiksa sākums par pēcapokalipses pasauli, kurā dzimst dīvaini bērni un dzīvi palikuši vēl dīvaināki cilvēki.
Mar 27, 2015 Joanaf rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
Adorei esta graphic novel! A história é muito cativante e original! Estou curiosa para saber o que vem a seguir :)
Jan 07, 2016 Miguel rated it really liked it
Shelves: vertigo
4 stars

This book is amazing! Please read it!!!! I love Gus! Need the volume 2, now!!!!!!
Anna Hakopian
Nov 18, 2015 Anna Hakopian rated it liked it
Shelves: november-2015
This shit is just weird. I kind of like it!
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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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Sweet Tooth (6 books)
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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.”
“There was five golden rules. My dad made me write them over and over until I knew them like I knew my own name...

Number five: never have a fire in the daytime, 'cause people could see the smoke and come and get us.

Number four: if I ever see anyone other than my dad, I run, and keep running.

Number three: always say my prayers, so as God don't get mad at me and decide to come make me sick too.

Numer two: never forget to pray for my momma, 'cause she was the best and prettiest lady God ever made.

Number one: never, ever leave the woods.”
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