New Books: Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire
Giles Goat Boy meets Apocalypse Nerd
Now that he's paid homage in a way to Jules Verne in his Nobody graphic novel, Jeff Lemire seems to be turning his sights on HG Wells. Lemire's new Vertigo series is out today, at an introductory price of $1.00 for the first issue. The series premise sounds like a mash-up of everything from John Barth to The Road to Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake to The Island of Dr. Moreau to Marvel's Woodgod character of the 1970s:
Sweet Tooth #1
Written by Jeff Lemire; Art and cover by Jeff Lemire (Vertigo/DC)
From out of the deep woods and the mind of acclaimed indie cartoonist Jeff Lemire (THE NOBODY, The Essex County Trilogy) comes a new Vertigo monthly ongoing series like no other! After being raised in total isolation, Gus – a boy born with deer-like antlers – is left to survive in an American landscape devastated a decade earlier by an inexplicable pandemic. Even more remarkable is that Gus is part of a rare new breed of human/animal hybrid children who have emerged in its wake, all apparently immune to the infection.
Enter Jepperd, a violent, hulking drifter who soon takes in Gus and promises to lead him to "The Preserve," a fabled safe-haven for hybrid children. Along the way they'll have to contend with science militias, deadly scavengers, rival bounty hunters, and hybrid worshipping cultists as they fight to make it to safety and solve the mysteries of this deadly new frontier.
This bizarre and haunting new series is boldly written and illustrated by Eisner-nominated creator Jeff Lemire and elegantly colored by fellow Eisner nominee Jose Villarubia. A little boy with antlers, a big man with guns, a world without hope – SWEET TOOTH #1 ships in September for only $1.00! Plus, don't miss a free preview of this title in August's JACK OF FABLES #37!
* $1.00 US
* Mature Readers
On Sale September 2, 2009
Bonus: read Lemire on 4 ugly comics with post-apocalyptic themes that influenced his new book.
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