Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Sweet Tooth

From the first pages I was inescapably caught up in this paradoxically hyper local yet global tale of a hybrid deer boy trying to find out who he is and where he came from. The stark, impressionistic artwork and peerless, compact, original writing elevate Jeff Lemire’s future classic into a stratosphere high above his end-of-the-world/apocalypse creating contemporaries. Human frailty, affection and compassion are at the heart of this adventure which strikes out across a number of familiar landscapes, breathing new life into a genre I thought was definitely past its “use by” date.

The final issue which came out earlier this month is an elegant masterpiece of comic literature and moved yours truly to tears. It ties up loose ends without abruptly ending them, is emotional without melodrama and it is as a good ending should be, rewarding the reader and surprising as well.

All images sourced from Jeff Lemire's blog and used with permission.
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