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Sweet Tooth is an American comic book series written and drawn by Canadian Jeff Lemire and published by DC comics' Vertigo imprint. Dubbed by some as "Mad Max meets Bambi", it takes place in a mostly rural post-apocalyptic setting where some creatures are human/animal hybrids. Although the story is initially set in Nebraska, the landscape is inspired by Lemire's past home of Essex County.
A monthly series which started in September 2009, Sweet Tooth has 23 issues as of July 2011. The creative team in addition to Jeff Lemire includes letterers Pat Brosseau, colorist Jose Villarrubia, and editors Brandon Montclare and Bob Schreck.
Sweet Tooth, as a post-apocalyptic parable, is rife with influences such as Tim Truman’s Scout: War Shaman and the Winterworld three issue mini-series. As well as art influence by Richard Corben's A Boy and His Dog written by Harlan Ellison and The Punisher: The End, written by Garth Ennis.
 Publication history
Twelve issues are slated for Sweet Tooth's first year (as part of Lemire's initial contract). In an interview for USA Today, Jeff Lemire was quoted: "Right now, I have it planned out to be 20 to 30 issues, but it could go even further depending on the response it gets."  Overall sales will determine if the series will run the full course or be cut short. Vertigo comics are known to be dependent on trade paperbacks, so monthly sales may play a reduced part in the fate of this young series. Editor Brandon Montclare says, "Sweet Tooth is taken down and rebuilt every issue—sometimes every page. And as far down the road as I can see, who knows where Gus’ journey ends. Not even Jeff knows yet, although it’s in his head somewhere."
- Gus — A 9-year-old boy with antlers is a new breed of human/animal hybrid that appeared after an apocalyptic pandemic of an unknown virus. Raised alone by his religious father in a nature preserve in Nebraska, he decides to leave his forest home with Jepperd after his father dies of an unknown illness.
- Tommy Jepperd — A hulking, violent drifter who takes in Gus and promises to lead him to "The Preserve" (a fabled safe-haven for hybrid children). The character was based on an aged Frank Castle (Marvel's "The Punisher"). "Corben’s aging gray-haired Frank is an unstoppable force of nature and amazing to behold. This character design ended up being a huge influence on the design of Jepperd, the big bad ass in Sweet Tooth."
- Dr. Singh - A scientist that experiments on hybrid Human/Animals. He takes special interest in Gus because of his apparent age predating the pandemic.
 Story arcs
- "Out of the woods"
- This introduction arc flows fluidly between art and caption. Gus (a young boy whose father has died and can no longer protect him.) and Jepperd (a huge tough guy who promises to protect Gus.) are introduced. When they meet, Jepperd promises Gus he will bring him to the "The Preserve". This arc presents the adventure of these two males to the "The Preserve". The landscape and the world that they know is slowly but surely revealed to readers.
- "In Captivity"
- Gus finally meets other Hybrids. Gus now parted away from Jepperd, sees the horrors of being a Hybrid and why his father wanted to protect him. Jepperd away from Gus, gets to reflect on his life choices.
- "Endangered Species"
- Having escaped from the militia, the crew head to Alaska to try and find the cause of the plague.
 Collected editions
The series is collected into trade paperbacks:
- Sweet Tooth Volume 1: Out of the Woods (collects Sweet Tooth #1-5, May 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2696-5)
- Sweet Tooth Volume 2: In Captivity (Collects Sweet Tooth #6-11, December 14, 2010, ISBN 1401228542)
- Sweet Tooth Volume 3: Animal Armies (Collects Sweet Tooth #12-17, June 8, 2011, ISBN 9781401231705)
- ↑ Near Mint Podcast. "Episode 017 – “Nobody’s Business”" Near Mint, By Jeff Lemire, September 13, 2009.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 An Evening With Jeff Lemire part 3. An Evening with Jeff. The Comic Book Syndicate (June 30, 2009).
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Mullin, Pamela August 31, 2009. Jeff Lemire’s favorite post-apocalyptic comics. Graphic Content. DC Comics.com.
- ↑ Geddes, John November 19, 2009. "'Sweet Tooth' like Mad Max with antlers", USA Today
- ↑ Montclare, Brandon September 2, 2009. From the Editor’s Desk: Brandon Montclare. "Sweet Tooth". Graphic Content. DC Comics.com.
- ↑ Renaud, Jeffrey February 5, 2010. Out of the Woods with "Sweet Tooth". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved on February 5, 2010.
- Brophy-Warren, Jamin August 27, 2009. "Tales of the Country: Jeff Lemire shrugs off comics' urban obsession", Wall Street Journal
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