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Review: Sweet Tooth #9

Will mysteries be revealed or are we all still in the dark?


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Sweet Tooth (Gus) is still in captivity, and Jepperd explores more of his past in relation to Abbot, a man working for Dr. Singh.
 

The Good

Jeff Lemire's writing is wonderful. We are surrounded by mystery in this world he has created, and instead of giving us everything either right in the beginning or in one random issue, we get snippets of what happened, who was involved, and when it all took place throughout each issue. Not too much though, but just enough to keep the reader interested and want to pick up that next issue. The world these characters live in is bizarre and quite interesting and it keeps the reader on their toes. The book now is split between Gus (Sweet Tooth) and Jepperd as they both deal with their past. Jepperd deals with his memories as they collide with the current world he's involved in, and Gus, who still is really a child, has his past told to him, and being the innocent character he is, he seems to believe it. There's a lot going on in this book, and the story and characters are what really drives Sweet Tooth forward.
 

The Bad

I don't know if the art is slowly breaking down in this book, and it goes along with the story getting crazier, and if that is so, please, put this in the "good" section, but I had big problems with the art in here. One of the pages had a stop sign off to the side of Jepperd and it looked awful. I know, picking on something like that is a little much, but when the only thing the same between the comic version of the stop sign and a real life one is the fact their both red, you'll understand what I'm talking about. Further within the issue, I noticed faces and objects becoming more and more contorted. It became hard and harder to read this. This was one of the handful of times where art I didn't like started ruining the story for me, which is incredibly sad because I love this story.
 

The Verdict  - 3.5/5

Based on story alone, this is one of my favorite current Vertigo books, #2 if not #1; however, the art is really not doing it for me at all, and it's hard to get past that when I'm reading the book. With a story that good, complex, and intriguing, I would hope that the art has that same effect on me.As I stated above, if in fact, as the world of Sweet Tooth is revealed to the reader, the artwork starts breaking down, then that is genius, and forget everything negative I said about this book, but I just don't think that's the case. If you're reading this book, continue on. Lots of people have been dropping this book, and I'm not sure why. It's solid. If you have never heard of this book, check out the first three issues and see if it's something you can get into.