Friday, December 9, 2011

Sweet Tooth #28

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Matt Kindt

With this issue, the three-part 'Taxidermist' arc comes to a close.  As with many conflicts and meetings between Europeans and Inuit people in the years before this story is set (exactly 100 years ago this week, I noticed), things get pretty bloody this month.

The narrator, James Thacker, has traveled to Alaska to hunt for his missing soon-to-be brother-in-law.  He finds him living with a group of Inuit, but he also finds a pretty wild story about the skeletons of gods, and the plague that they have brought.  He also comes face to face with a hybrid baby, looking exactly like Gus, the regular main character of this comic.  As is to be expected of an Englishman in the glory days of the Empire, he doesn't react all that well to things, and decides to kill everyone.

This story is very well-told, and I've really enjoyed Matt Kindt's art for the last three months.  At the same time, I look forward to next issue, where Jeff Lemire returns to the art, and Gus, Jeppard, and company, return to the pages of the comic.  This arc has raised a number of questions about just what has always been going on in Alaska, and what Gus's role in the plague that has killed so many might be.  Sweet Tooth is always an excellent comic, and I appreciated that Lemire has revealed (without ever clarifying) a few things about this series through this flashback.

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