Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sweet Tooth: Out of the Deep Woods - Review

AN APOCALYPTIC FAIRY TALE


Civilization has ended. A harsh plague has killed off most of the major population and it's just a matter of time before any of the survivors suffer the same fate. But there's one thing no one counted on during this time of turmoil -- hybrids. Young people who are half human and half animal. Gus, a young boy who is part deer and has antlers growing out of his head, has spent his whole life in the woods with his father in their cabin. But as Gus' father gets more and more ill as the days pass, Gus might end up breaking the most important rule his father taught him. Gus might leave the woods.

Written and illustrated by Jeff Lemire, Sweet Tooth is a series I'm kicking myself over. I should have been reading this a long time ago. The writing is tight, lean and authentic. I could hear Gus' voice every time I read one of his word balloons or captions. The pacing of the story keeps the pages turning and the panel layouts are simple but very effective.

The artwork itself has a very unique style to it. It's clean and rough at the same time. All of the colors are washed out and dull, the way that the end of the world would probably feel. The interesting use of line gives the characters an uncanny ability to express emotion, and the close-ups of Gus' eyes are always very striking.

I'm going to give this first collected trade paperback a 5/5 for being a very original and mesmerizing title. It's great for fans of innovative storytelling in comics, and it's another gem that might have been overlooked by regular comic book readers. Vertigo has once again proven it's one of the leaders of some of the world's most powerful comics.

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