Friday, August 5, 2011

Sweet Tooth #24

by Jeff Lemire

You can always count on Jeff Lemire to do something interesting with this comic, which is probably the most experimental book being published by either of the Big Two publishers, and many of the smaller ones.

At the end of the last issue, Gus was shot while walking in the woods with Jeppard.  We don't know who was shooting at them, but Gus's injury looks to be bad.  Jeppard rushes him back to the dam where their group has been staying, but even Dr. Singh is not sure what can be done for him.

Most of this issue is taken up with Gus's perceptions, as he goes on a surrealistic journey.  We've seen him with animal guides before, in his dreams, but this time his guide is a skeletal deer, as it leads him through a few interesting settings, including an Inuit village where everyone has been slaughtered - even an antlered baby.

For these pages, Lemire used watercolours which contrast nicely to the regular scenes, which were coloured by Jose Villarrubia.  Content-wise, this was a very quick read, but it leaves us with a number of unanswered questions and a lot to think about.  Great stuff, as always.

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