Book Review: Sweet Tooth, Vol 2

This is a reminder that if you haven’t read SWEET TOOTH by @jefflemire …well, you need to! 🤷🏼‍♂️

SUMMARY: The human race has reached its darkest hour. In the seven years since the Affliction first appeared, billions have died. All the children born since the plague are a strange new race of animal-human hybrids. One of the few remaining humans, a drifter named Jepperd, has formed a bond with one such child, a sweet, deer-like boy called Gus. But even among the hybrid children, Gus is an anomaly, seemingly born before the sickness began. Believing that Gus’ history might be the key to the plague’s origins, Jepperd and the boy will journey north together to Alaska in the hope that if they can uncover the story of his birth, it will lead them to a cure for the sickness. But the troubling question remains: If Gus isn’t a product of the Affliction, was he its cause? Written and illustrated by Jeff Lemire (Descender, Green Arrow), Sweet Tooth is an exploration of kindness and cruelty in a dangerous post-apocalyptic world. Sweet Tooth Book Two collects issues #13-25, a pinup gallery from some of the comics industry’s top talents and an introduction by colorist José Villarrubia.

I actually finished this second volume last month, but I’m about twenty books behind on posts/reviews 😅😅 I’m starting the third (and final) volume now, and I can’t wait to see how the story concludes. I’m expecting it to be emotional, and I’m ready for a good cry. 

This series is awesome! The writing and art by Lemire are on point, as usual (swipe for examples of art). I love the creativity he puts into his layouts, and the different directions he takes the storyline. This second volume felt darker and more disturbing than the last, and it was definitely more violent. There’s a sense of anticipation (and dread) as we move towards the final act in volume 3. I’m also glad that Jepperd has his head back on straight, and it’s nice to see him and Gus back together again.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sweet Tooth, Vol 2 is out now from Vertigo Comics.

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