DC Comics’ mature readers imprint VERTIGO has announced that Eisner-nominated comics creator Jeff Lemire (/Essex County, The Nobody/) will be writing and illustrating a new monthly ongoing series entitled /SWEET TOOTH/. The series will launch this September, only two months after Lemire’s Vertigo debut /THE NOBODY/, an original graphic novel, is due in stores.
Lemire describes the series: “/SWEET TOOTH/ is the story Gus, a young boy born with deer-like antlers. He has lived his entire life in total isolation in the woods with his Father. As our story begins Gus’ is finally forced to leave their forest sanctuary and begins experiencing the outside world for the first time. What he finds out there is beyond his comprehension; an American landscape decimated a decade earlier by a mysterious disease. Even more remarkable is that Gus is part of a rare new breed of human/animal hybrid children who have emerged in its wake, all apparently immune to the infection. The boy is soon taken in by Jepperd, a hulking drifter who promises to lead Gus to “The Preserve” a fabled safe-haven for hybrid children. Along the way a larger mystery surrounding the origins of the hybrids begins to unfold, with Gus and Jepperd at its center.”/
Sweet Tooth/ recasts conventions from both the western and science fiction genres into an action/adventure tale of childhood loss and loneliness, and the unexpected friendships that can emerge in even the darkest of places.
The first 22-page, full-color issue ships in September and will feature story, art and covers by Lemire, with colors provided by Jose Villarubia (/Promethea/) and will carry a special cover price of only one-dollar!