Sweet Tooth 5: Unnatural Habitats

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8.5 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Art: 8/10

The origin of the plague


Comic Info

Comic Name:  Sweet Tooth

Publisher:  DC Comics/Vertigo

Writer:  Jeff Lemire

Artist:  Jeff Lemire/Matt Kindt

# of Issues:  7

Release Date:  2012


Sweet Tooth #27

Reprints Sweet Tooth #26-32 (December 2011-June 2012).  An explorative voyage to Alaska in 2011 might hold the secret to plague and Gus’s origin.  The truth about Haggarty and the shelter will be revealed with dangerous consequences as Jepperd finds himself in a desperate quest to save Gus and the other survivors from a deadly fate.

Written and illustrated by Jeff Lemire with story art also by Matt Kindt, Sweet Tooth 5:  Unnatural Habitats is the penultimate volume of Lemire’s post-apocalyptic fantasy.  Following Sweet Tooth 4:  Endangered Species, the volume is divided into two storylines “The Taxidermist” (Sweet Tooth #26-28) and “Unnatural Habitats” (Sweet Tooth #29-32).  The issues collected in this volume are also scheduled to be part of the Sweet Tooth:  The Deluxe Edition—Book 3.

I skipped Sweet Tooth in its initial run, and I’m actually glad I did in many ways because it is very intense.  The series is quite rollercoaster and the issue-to-issue format would have left me scrambling for each new issue.  Reading Sweet Tooth as a whole, the series does a great job giving you hints and clues to what is going on…and this volume drops a lot of bombshells.


Sweet Tooth #32

The first part of the story features an entirely different art style and Lemire brings in Matt Kindt to do it.  The change in art is a nice way to show this flashback which actually ends up being kind of a lynchpin to the series and why the plague occurred.  I like Lemire’s art but it is also nice to get a bit of a break from it in a series that continues to add twists.

The second storyline is more in line with previous issues.  The comic has a real Lost feel to it both in style and story.  Lemire does a great job giving hints and setting up cliffhangers.  The series also proves in the second half that no-one is safe…the world of Sweet Tooth is dangerous and that is half the fun!

Sweet Tooth is just a fun series.  Despite the simple look of Lemire’s style, the story is dark and gritty.  You never know where an issue of Sweet Tooth is going until you reach the end…and it could be bloody.  This volume leaves you really hanging and sets you up for the big conclusion.  Sweet Tooth 5:  Unnatural Habitats is followed by Sweet Tooth 6:  Wild Game.

Related Links:

Sweet Tooth 1:  Out of the Deep Woods

Sweet Tooth 2:  In Captivity

Sweet Tooth 3:  Animal Armies

Sweet Tooth 4:  Endangered Species

Sweet Tooth 6:  Wild Game

Sweet Tooth:  The Return

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