Sweet Tooth #10
Written and Drawn by: Jeff Lemire
Colors by: Jose Villarubia
Letters by: Pat Brosseau
Release Date: June 2, 2010
I am continually drawn into Jeff Lemire‘s genius mysteries for tons of reasons. One of those reasons is compelling characters as seen in previous issues of Sweet Tooth with Jeopard and also his series Essex County. Another big reason is the aforementioned mystery best seen in this issue, Sweet Tooth #10, and also his series The Nobody that gives me something rarely attempted in comics, a serious science fiction story.
I have become captivated with all aspects of the story especially the mystery of Gus and this “infection.” How can you not feel for Jeopard and Gus at this point as well? I am rooting for both characters as well as hating these scientists for their cruelty. The problem with hating them though is not knowing how they got to where they are now, especially if they have to continuously watch people die and all they really want, from what we can see, is to cure this infection.
As always, Lemire’s art has that element that always draws me in, which is especially true with this issue. There are many interesting storytelling techniques that most people would not attempt that Lemire jumps straight into head first, pretty much literally in one double-page spread. The art is definitely unique in its own right and I cannot get enough of it.
When I was first introduced to Lemire’s work, Essex County Trilogy, it was only in black and white so I was a little nervous about the shaky coloring in the first few issues especially with the Vertigo paper stock. But this is definitely no longer an issue and hasn’t been since the first couple of issues. Jose Villarubia has been doing an awesome job with colors and deserves a lot of praise for the great transition.
Overall Sweet Tooth #10 gets a 5 out of 5.
The arc, In Captivity, also gets a 5 out of 5.