SWEET TOOTH #25
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Art and cover by JEFF LEMIRE
Size: 32 pages
If only we could ‘rub the blood’ on this cover!
I’m amazed that this series has lasted for over two years and twenty five issues. Because it’s such a strange story and a slow burn at that. But if there’s one thing that’s completely accurate (and don’t argue with me) is that comic fans have patience. Sure some issues have been really fast to read and the story crawls along at points, but Lemire is really telling a good story in the long haul and that’s what important.
In this issue we get a conclusion of sorts with Gus getting shot, Jepperd dealing with his friends and Walter, and what’s next for these group of survivors. Each storyline in the issue is handled pretty well and they get their own time without taking over one another. My only gripe about the story is that I find it very hard to believe to trust Walter in any shape or form. Yes his apparent disability would make you believe he’s okay; but you know Lemire has added some elements to him to make him ‘unhinged’ in a lot of ways. So who would I rather be with? An unhinged paraplegic or a walking, killing machine? That answer is simple enough. The art by Lemire is strong as always but there was another thing that bugged me about the issue. He uses the watercolor effect like he did last time to distinguish the real world and Gus’s fantasy. But he doesn’t offer much reasoning behind it like he did last time. Don’t get me wrong, I like the style of it and it makes the book be distinguished from other comics. But there are no real visuals to go with it like last time. It’s mostly talking heads in both the dream and real world so not much can be done to visually showcase the issue.
Maybe this series suffers from being a slow burn, but I enjoy the series none the less. In this issue we get some good revelations to keep me interested in the future of the series and some more good art by Lemire. It’s just a shame that there isn’t much visually interesting, like layouts or designs, from previous issues to make this issue truly memorable. It’s a solid book all around with no real hiccups along the way. That makes it a good comic in my book.
Art: 4 - Very Good