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The original award-winning creative team and the postapocalyptic sci-fi world of Sweet Tooth is back in Sweet Tooth: The Return! Acclaimed author Jeff Lemire and colorist José Villarrubia, who first brought you the strange adventures of Gus, the human-deer hybrid boy, dive back into the strange, dark world of their creation. This haunting tale is both new and familiar, as w The original award-winning creative team and the postapocalyptic sci-fi world of Sweet Tooth is back in Sweet Tooth: The Return! Acclaimed author Jeff Lemire and colorist José Villarrubia, who first brought you the strange adventures of Gus, the human-deer hybrid boy, dive back into the strange, dark world of their creation. This haunting tale is both new and familiar, as we return to a planet long past the point of devastation. Are Gus’s dreams leading him to forge a better future for himself and the other hybrid children? Or are they the dreams of a mind as lost and wandering as its dreamer? Contains the full original miniseries Sweet Tooth: The Return issues #1-6.


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The original award-winning creative team and the postapocalyptic sci-fi world of Sweet Tooth is back in Sweet Tooth: The Return! Acclaimed author Jeff Lemire and colorist José Villarrubia, who first brought you the strange adventures of Gus, the human-deer hybrid boy, dive back into the strange, dark world of their creation. This haunting tale is both new and familiar, as w The original award-winning creative team and the postapocalyptic sci-fi world of Sweet Tooth is back in Sweet Tooth: The Return! Acclaimed author Jeff Lemire and colorist José Villarrubia, who first brought you the strange adventures of Gus, the human-deer hybrid boy, dive back into the strange, dark world of their creation. This haunting tale is both new and familiar, as we return to a planet long past the point of devastation. Are Gus’s dreams leading him to forge a better future for himself and the other hybrid children? Or are they the dreams of a mind as lost and wandering as its dreamer? Contains the full original miniseries Sweet Tooth: The Return issues #1-6.

30 review for Sweet Tooth: The Return

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Wasn't bad. But it wasn't needed, either. I don't blame Lemire for trying to extend the Sweet Tooth world a bit. The Netflix show has people excited about the title again, but since he didn't leave himself much wiggle room to extend the stories with the original Sweet Tooth comic, this was probably the best he could do. This takes place about 300 years after the other story ends and sees scientists bring another Gus into the world. The reason is a spoiler, but it's fairly obvious from the start th Wasn't bad. But it wasn't needed, either. I don't blame Lemire for trying to extend the Sweet Tooth world a bit. The Netflix show has people excited about the title again, but since he didn't leave himself much wiggle room to extend the stories with the original Sweet Tooth comic, this was probably the best he could do. This takes place about 300 years after the other story ends and sees scientists bring another Gus into the world. The reason is a spoiler, but it's fairly obvious from the start that the leader of the humans isn't a good guy who just wants neo-Gus to fill the world with sunshine and rainbows. Father (<--the name of the leader of the humans) looks exactly like every evil villain in the history of evil villains. It is not difficult, therefore, to tell that he has some nefarious shit in his backpack. This isn't really Gus, but because of magical DNA, he has some of the memories of Gus. It was strange and didn't make much sense, but neither did all the woo-woo magical hybrid-god stuff from Sweet Tooth, and everyone ate that stuff up. So. If you're Jonesing for more of Lemire's tales of an antlered little boy, go ahead and grab this. Just know that while it doesn't really add anything to the original story, it's still sweet.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Return to the world of Sweet Tooth when a familiar little boy with horns finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy that threatens to overturn everything he and his family have ever known. Did Jeff Lemire need to come back to Sweet Tooth? No, probably not. But this story doesnt' tarnish anything that came before it. Sweet Tooth: The Return doesn't revisit the characters from the original, but it pays homage to their legacy, as well as to the stupidity of humanity, so it's on track with the previ Return to the world of Sweet Tooth when a familiar little boy with horns finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy that threatens to overturn everything he and his family have ever known. Did Jeff Lemire need to come back to Sweet Tooth? No, probably not. But this story doesnt' tarnish anything that came before it. Sweet Tooth: The Return doesn't revisit the characters from the original, but it pays homage to their legacy, as well as to the stupidity of humanity, so it's on track with the previous series right away. The mystery that unfolds over these six issues feels alarmingly familiar, without simply hitting the same story beats as the original series. The main character looks like Gus, and there are glimpses of Jeppard around the periphery, but for the most part you could almost read The Return without any of the context of the original at all. You'd lose some of the impact, but it definitely does stand on its own surprisingly well. Lemire's artwork won't be for everyone; he has a spindly, ethereal style somewhere between professional comic artist and child drawing with crayons that I think has a really unique charm, and it especially works well for the world of Sweet Tooth which is almost always seen through the eyes of a child. It's nice to see that neither he nor colourist José Villarubia have lost any of that spark since the first series. Sweet Tooth: The Return is a love letter to the original, with some new stories to tell that stay true to the original without simply retreading old ground. It's not a necessary story, but it's a welcome one, and I'm glad of that.

  3. 4 out of 5

    OmniBen

    (Zero spoiler review) 1.5/5 I think this just about does it. I think I am officially done with Jeff Lemire. Sweet Tooth was the first Lemire run I read about a year ago when I first got into comics. I fell for the first two arcs (12 issues) as the story captured a small fragment of my favourite novel, The Road, although with a light fantastical element as well. The initial arc of Jeppard drew me into this world, even if Sweet Tooth was a little annoying himself (like a combination of Jar Jar Bink (Zero spoiler review) 1.5/5 I think this just about does it. I think I am officially done with Jeff Lemire. Sweet Tooth was the first Lemire run I read about a year ago when I first got into comics. I fell for the first two arcs (12 issues) as the story captured a small fragment of my favourite novel, The Road, although with a light fantastical element as well. The initial arc of Jeppard drew me into this world, even if Sweet Tooth was a little annoying himself (like a combination of Jar Jar Binks and Bambi. My interest in the series greatly waned, as Lemire seemed intent on bleeding every last ounce of momentum and money out of the series he could. By the time it ended, I was glad it was over, which is never the emotion you want in a reader at the end of a long running series. For mine, the series was done, the story was told, and that's where it should have remained. And then I saw he had resurrected the series for a limited run (which set alarm bells ringing from the out). In hindsight, my concerns were very much well placed. Sweet Tooth: The Return is a lazy, lacklustre and shameless cash grab. I can see no other reason why this series exists, other than Lemire thought he could spin this into a few quick bucks. Sometimes artists might have a little bit of the old magic left over. A little bit of the story that, for whatever reason, they didn't get to tell the first time around, and feel the need to put it out there for the fans (and likely their wallets as well). I can safely say, this is not the case here with Sweet Tooth. This is a story that absolutely didn't need to be told, nor is it in anyway an organic and interesting new tale from the Sweet Tooth world. This is bland, uninspired and monumentally unwanted. And it is again, drawn by Jeff, which means it looks almost as bad as it reads. I have always felt that Lemire's ambition outweighed his ability. That his ideas were always better than his execution. Maybe I was wrong, however, as this is about a million miles from a good idea, and the execution is even worse. It's non sensical, contrived and contains barely enough story to scrape a six issue arc together. There wasn't a single character I gave a shit about. The elephant boy had potential, although as with Lemire, he is nothing more than a one dimensional sympathy magnet. Nothing else of substance or style going on. I take no pleasure in saying this. I really wanted to enjoy this, as with all books I invest my time in. But this is just bad. Whatever remaining positive memories I had of this series have been washed away in a putrid tide of malaise and utter indifference. Congratulations on shitting all over one of your better properties, Jeff. I hope the pay check was worth it. Avoid. 1.5/5 OmniBen.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Václav

    (2,4 of 5 for the sequel nobody needed) Sweet Tooth is a really interesting story. It's good comics, not without flaws, but it has a nice touching story to offer. Then Netflix adaptation came and with it the sequel. I gave it chance, but I was disappointed. Limited series brought some plot, which doesn't bring anything interesting to work with. It's a generic "sometime later" (we sucked out some story of it to sell some more comics with upcoming TV series) addon. I'm literally regretting the time (2,4 of 5 for the sequel nobody needed) Sweet Tooth is a really interesting story. It's good comics, not without flaws, but it has a nice touching story to offer. Then Netflix adaptation came and with it the sequel. I gave it chance, but I was disappointed. Limited series brought some plot, which doesn't bring anything interesting to work with. It's a generic "sometime later" (we sucked out some story of it to sell some more comics with upcoming TV series) addon. I'm literally regretting the time I spent reading it. The only good thing is José Villarrubia and his colouring. The story is just trash, the art is just Lemire (with all the potato heads and other weird stylisations, not his best performance). The worldbuilding is also plain which I hate about his comics the most - it often feels like good person drama performed on the empty stage.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Funderburg

    I cannot believe that Lemire would resurrect this series to give us something so incredibly lackluster. And he ended the original series on such a perfect note...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lila

    Against my better judgement... I decided to read this. I remain convinced that the best thing about this comic has always been the bond between Gus and Jeppard. Finding out what caused the hybrid plague was that over-reaching arc I was following, but it was never the main draw. Sweet Tooth, Volume 6: Wild Game was all about wrapping the story. With no Jeppard around, we were just ticking the points to see what happened and, let's be honest, see that his sacrifice was not wasted, even though I'd a Against my better judgement... I decided to read this. I remain convinced that the best thing about this comic has always been the bond between Gus and Jeppard. Finding out what caused the hybrid plague was that over-reaching arc I was following, but it was never the main draw. Sweet Tooth, Volume 6: Wild Game was all about wrapping the story. With no Jeppard around, we were just ticking the points to see what happened and, let's be honest, see that his sacrifice was not wasted, even though I'd argue the point is that he made it, not that it was worth it, but ymmv. So, I took it as an ending, but let's just say I would be totally fine without it. A nice addendum, but nothing more. With that being said, The Return is just more of things added on a story that's, in everyone's head, already finished. It's set 300 years after the events of original run where a boy, looking exactly like Gus, wants to be free from constriction of Father and Church that seem to be last remnants of humanity. The scope is very small- the setting is literally one underground cave- and I feel like it tries to rehash themes and points that were made and made better in the original run. So, if you were thinking this was just milking the cash cow because of the adaptation , it's true. This adds nothing of the value to the story. I knew this couldn't possibly be any good, I just knew, but I had to see it. And if you are a fan of original run, do not make the same mistake. Step away from those Bambi eyes on Sweet Tooth: The Return and don't let your curiosity ruin the experience.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Sweet Tooth: The Return collects issues 1-6 of the series written and drawn by Jeff Lemire with colors by José Villarrubia. Set 300 years after the events of Sweet tooth, a young hybrid awakens in a land where humans are struggling to survive. The last remaining humans tell him that he will lead them to salvation from the hybrids. The Return is more of a retelling of the original story in a new setting in a circular world than it is a sequel. While the story is good, it doesn't have the impact of Sweet Tooth: The Return collects issues 1-6 of the series written and drawn by Jeff Lemire with colors by José Villarrubia. Set 300 years after the events of Sweet tooth, a young hybrid awakens in a land where humans are struggling to survive. The last remaining humans tell him that he will lead them to salvation from the hybrids. The Return is more of a retelling of the original story in a new setting in a circular world than it is a sequel. While the story is good, it doesn't have the impact of the original series as we don't get any meaningful character development. I feel like it doesn't add much to the story already provided and would rather it didn't even exist. That being said, Earl was awesome.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    The return didnt really add anything to original story and as a small off shoot is pretty good.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Thaggard

    I mean it’s cute but it’s not the first

  10. 4 out of 5

    Eugene

    I didn't need this story, but man was it good. Had the feel of the original series with new characters. I didn't need this story, but man was it good. Had the feel of the original series with new characters.

  11. 4 out of 5

    David Wilson

    Good to be back!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I honestly think I liked this a bit more than the original run of Sweet Tooth. It was unique and added a story to the world that didn't alter the original in the slightest. A good read for fans of the Sweet Tooth series. Check out all my reviews here: 📚Blog 📚 I honestly think I liked this a bit more than the original run of Sweet Tooth. It was unique and added a story to the world that didn't alter the original in the slightest. A good read for fans of the Sweet Tooth series. Check out all my reviews here: 📚Blog 📚

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    A wonderful return to the world of Sweet Tooth, my only criticism is that it was too short. I could read about Gus and his friends over and over. Lemire has been and will always be one of my all time favourite writers and artists.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Albert

    probably good to know that this is a re-imagining of sorts... not sequel, not prequel...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gavin Jefferson

    Didn't love it, like the original series. Didn't hate it, either. Interesting story, interesting ideas surrounding the mythos, good ending. Hated the religious aspect, although I freely admit it needed it. Just tired of that particular stereotype. Very 'meh' and run of the mill. Could've been better, on the whole, but it could've been a ton load worse, too. With the original series having such a high bar, there's no way this could've reached it, realistically. Certainly didn't ruin it, like some Didn't love it, like the original series. Didn't hate it, either. Interesting story, interesting ideas surrounding the mythos, good ending. Hated the religious aspect, although I freely admit it needed it. Just tired of that particular stereotype. Very 'meh' and run of the mill. Could've been better, on the whole, but it could've been a ton load worse, too. With the original series having such a high bar, there's no way this could've reached it, realistically. Certainly didn't ruin it, like some reviewers are saying.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Leaves it open for more... I preferred the first ones a bit more. Good if you really liked the first one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Really well spun based on the original mythology. Could have been longer and definitely relies heavily on background knowledge of the original. Clever.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Pankau

    A young human-deer hybrid dreams of another life, but Father tells him he must stay in the woods and not go past the fence. But one day he does and discovers that Father has been lying to him, that Father made him to be a plague on the other hybrids so that the humans can retake the world. Will the mistakes of the past be made yet again? This was an interesting kind of re-invisioning of the original series, with familiar characters and a familiar starting setup that plays out a little differentl A young human-deer hybrid dreams of another life, but Father tells him he must stay in the woods and not go past the fence. But one day he does and discovers that Father has been lying to him, that Father made him to be a plague on the other hybrids so that the humans can retake the world. Will the mistakes of the past be made yet again? This was an interesting kind of re-invisioning of the original series, with familiar characters and a familiar starting setup that plays out a little differently. Unfortunately it’s just not as good as the original. It’s not bad, but it just doesn’t have the same heart.

  19. 4 out of 5

    FrontalNerdaty

    This story picks up 300 years after the events of Sweet Tooth, only how is Gus young again? What I liked - The original run of Sweet Tooth is an excellent read mixing many genres and bolstered by Lemire’s unique art. It ended in a way that was satisfying and when this return was announced I was concerned. However the setting works perfectly and it has all the same beats that make the original run great. What I disliked - It doesn’t really add anything to the mythos and whilst enjoyable isn’t enti This story picks up 300 years after the events of Sweet Tooth, only how is Gus young again? What I liked - The original run of Sweet Tooth is an excellent read mixing many genres and bolstered by Lemire’s unique art. It ended in a way that was satisfying and when this return was announced I was concerned. However the setting works perfectly and it has all the same beats that make the original run great. What I disliked - It doesn’t really add anything to the mythos and whilst enjoyable isn’t entirely necessary. 3/5

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shanna

    Oof, this was unfortunately an absolute disappointment for me. I'm glad I read the original series first because if this had been my actual introduction to the Sweet Tooth saga I would not have pursued reading any more volumes. I will say that the artwork and coloring is on point, nothing wrong with that at all; it is the plot that started off sideways and is entirely too bizarre for me to fully enjoy. Sure, there are certain elements of the original saga in this "reimagining", but the feel of t Oof, this was unfortunately an absolute disappointment for me. I'm glad I read the original series first because if this had been my actual introduction to the Sweet Tooth saga I would not have pursued reading any more volumes. I will say that the artwork and coloring is on point, nothing wrong with that at all; it is the plot that started off sideways and is entirely too bizarre for me to fully enjoy. Sure, there are certain elements of the original saga in this "reimagining", but the feel of this new collection is entirely different and not in a good way. The art style and coloring in this volume is more contemporary and differs from the original saga but both are good in their own right. I wouldn't say that this volume merited a full three stars, I give it more of a 2.5 stars mainly for the quality of art and coloring and nothing more. Do yourself a favor and just stick with the original Sweet Tooth saga-those volumes are worth your time.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Len

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What happened: There is a cult of humans living underground who call their leader Father. He has cloned Gus in an effort to reverse engineer the disease that created the hybrids to now destroy them. He has implanted that disease in Gus' body so that he can "escape" and then spread the disease on land. However, the women that Father has made take care of Gus ended up loving the child and never gave him the virus. The people below then head to the surface free of Father's influence. This takes place What happened: There is a cult of humans living underground who call their leader Father. He has cloned Gus in an effort to reverse engineer the disease that created the hybrids to now destroy them. He has implanted that disease in Gus' body so that he can "escape" and then spread the disease on land. However, the women that Father has made take care of Gus ended up loving the child and never gave him the virus. The people below then head to the surface free of Father's influence. This takes place many many many years after Gus' original day.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andy-Roo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A nice, light epilogue to a story that seemed perfectly wrapped up. Doesn't nearly have the gravitas or epic scale of the original, but this one's a fun, engrossing return to the world of the original. In hindsight it feels like this was written for people who were bugged by the idea that humans go completely extinct by the end of the first story. I would've loved to see what happens when the subterranean humans make contact with the above ground hybrids and the conflicts that come with that. Bu A nice, light epilogue to a story that seemed perfectly wrapped up. Doesn't nearly have the gravitas or epic scale of the original, but this one's a fun, engrossing return to the world of the original. In hindsight it feels like this was written for people who were bugged by the idea that humans go completely extinct by the end of the first story. I would've loved to see what happens when the subterranean humans make contact with the above ground hybrids and the conflicts that come with that. But hey, we'll leave that to my imagination for now.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    Lemire’s art is great as always, and this feels like Sweet Tooth in the art, not like the last few comics he drew. it’s better written than most of Lemire’s stuff recently, but it’s still just kind of okay, and elements just get dropped at the end. It doesn’t interfere with the original at all, but after it’s over I’m just unsure why this story needed to be told at all. It doesn’t interfere with the original to the point where there isn’t really any impact

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jacquelyn

    (3.5) The original Sweet Tooth graphic novels will always hold a special place in my heart so when this continuation/sequel was 1st announced I was excited but skeptical at the same time. Overall I did enjoy this new take on Sweet Tooth but it just didn't have the same "magic" that captivated me with the original series. That being said, it doesn't mean that if Lemire decides to continue this story even more that I won't continue to read them because you can bet your behind I most definitely will (3.5) The original Sweet Tooth graphic novels will always hold a special place in my heart so when this continuation/sequel was 1st announced I was excited but skeptical at the same time. Overall I did enjoy this new take on Sweet Tooth but it just didn't have the same "magic" that captivated me with the original series. That being said, it doesn't mean that if Lemire decides to continue this story even more that I won't continue to read them because you can bet your behind I most definitely will. I will spend as much time with Gus and friends as I can.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Stewart

    ‘Sweet Tooth’ is one of my favourite comics ever and Jeff Lemire is one of my favourite creators. This return to the series though feels completely forced, unnecessary and lacking in the aspects that make Lemire‘s work so special. The art is beautiful as always, but the writing misses his usual spark. It’s not that ‘Sweet Tooth: The Return’ is bad, just bland.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Didn't have quite the impact that the original series did - but that is a hard act to follow admittedly. Still, this was an intriguing fast-forward into the future of the world and what that future holds for humanity and hybrids alike. I hope they continue with this series as it does end with a cliffhanger of sorts. Didn't have quite the impact that the original series did - but that is a hard act to follow admittedly. Still, this was an intriguing fast-forward into the future of the world and what that future holds for humanity and hybrids alike. I hope they continue with this series as it does end with a cliffhanger of sorts.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mike Hughes

    Disappointing. Love some of the story beats and the misguided religious fanaticism of the antagonist (thoroughly convinced, ultimately well meaning, absolutely evil to the core) but this needed more room to breathe than its six issues to earn the payoff I think it’s striving for.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paul Taylor

    I had high expectations after the original series so this ended up being a bit of a letdown. The plot is a little all over the place and a bit of a departure from the original story I appreciated so much. This one was a miss for me, fans of Lemire may be best off staying away.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Xroldx

    Did we need a new Sweet Tooth book? No Is it as good as the original series? No Was it nice to revisit the Sweet Tooth Universe? Yes Does the book has the same feel? Yes Can you read this book without reading the original series? I wouldn't recommend it. Did we need a new Sweet Tooth book? No Is it as good as the original series? No Was it nice to revisit the Sweet Tooth Universe? Yes Does the book has the same feel? Yes Can you read this book without reading the original series? I wouldn't recommend it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    David

    This was ridiculously disappointing. I love the original series, but this needs to he quickly forgotten...

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