Sweet Tooth, Vol. 6: Wild Game by Jeff Lemire

Sweet Tooth, Vol. 6: Wild Game by Jeff Lemire

Genre: Science Fiction (Graphic Novel)
Series: #6 in the Sweet Tooth series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 199
Source: Library

The Short Version:
In the finale of the series the fate of both mankind and the animal hybrid children is at stake.

Why I Read It:
This series captivated me from the very first issue. Once I started I had to continue.

The Book:
This volume 6 is a compilation of issues 33 – 40 of the comic series.

From the publisher

THE HUNT IS OVER

At long last, the hybrid animal-boy called Gus and the big man called Jepperd are on the road to the remote Alaskan outpost where the answers they seek are waiting. It was here, years ago, that the wrath of the gods was unleashed, a plague was released … and a forgotten race reborn.

But Gus, Jepperd and their friends are not the only ones seeking the source of the apocalypse that has all but extinguished mankind. The bad man called Abbot is on the way as well, swearing death to anyone who stands between him and a cure for the plague.

And, if no cure can be found, death for EVERYONE.

The stage has been set for a final battle, an intimate Armageddon with the fate of human and hybrid alike in the balance. And no one knows who will be left standing when the wild game is up…

My Thoughts:
This is finale of a fascinating post-apocalyptic series that has surprising gentleness and strength. While I was sad to have reached the end of Gus and Jepperd’s journey the ending was exciting, wonderful, awful and surprisingly emotional.

Trying to explain this series to someone is difficult but Gus the part human, part deer boy is a gentle soul who will stick with me for a long time. His protector Jepperd and the rest of what became like a family to them throughout the series are wonderful characters and their story has been fascinating.

While not everything is wrapped up in a neat tidy bow, this ending to the series is quite satisfying. The epilogue worked well and the final pages left me near tears.

Lemire as both author and illustrator has been able to tell his story well. Although his drawing style is harsh compared to some other richly drawn and colored comics (Fables or Saga for example) but it is highly evocative. He conveys action and emotion so well and particularly for characters who don’t (or rarely) speak.

This is a series I highly recommend and I’m looking forward to reading much more of Jeff Lemire’s work.

4 stars Rating 4/5