In this comic book review, Nick takes a look at Sweet Tooth #27 from Vertigo comics.
[DC – Vertigo] – Sweet Tooth – 27 – January – 2012
Writer: Jeff LeMire
Artist: Matt Kindt
Inker: Matt Kindt
Cover Artist: Jeff LeMire
Synopsis: Part Two of The Taxidermist arc, “Taboos”.
A member of a Christian expedition to a northern Inuit tribe finds more than he bargained for – rather than savages, the Inuit are “a gentle, graceful people”. Louis finds himself drawn to the ways of their people, and falls in love with a native.
A second missionary unit arrives, looking for Louis and his crew. Louis tells them about how he became part of the tribe, and about a particular hunting expedition where he stumbles across an ice cave filled with what the shaman calls “a cave where the gods went to rest after their earthly bodies had died”. Louis unwittingly unleashes a curse by opening one of the tombs inside; several months later, the expedition and several of the natives become ill, and his newborn son is revealed to be a Hybrid.
Hot: As typical with Vertigo books, this book focuses on the story beyond all else. The pacing is particularly good, and the use of flashbacks, diary entries, and the flow of revelation are all used to great effect. The artwork is a bit quirky but it works and grows on you (also somewhat a staple of Vertigo books).
Not: The artwork really does take a moment to warm up to, charming as it is.