Written by Cullen Bunn and Shawn Lee
Art by Matt Kindt
The Tooth, the beautifully designed hardcover published by Oni Press back in 2011, is a strange love letter to the earlier days of the Marvel Universe, when Stan Lee and his friends made comics that blurred the line between superheroes and monsters.
Graham Stone has come to his recently deceased grandfather's house to decide what to do with it, and his grandfather's strange collection of occult artifacts. Graham is attacked by some creeps working for a local wizard, and soon enough, his life is unrecognizable, as he becomes the host of The Tooth, a man-shaped creature that grows from a large tooth now wedged into Graham's mouth.
The Tooth is an Incredible Hulk-like creature, with an origin story that harkens back to Ancient Greece. He has to protect Graham and his fiancée, and find a way to help them stop the wizard dude. Oh, there's also a big dragon in here, as well as another monster fight that happens in a dentist's office.
Writers Cullen Bunn and Shawn Lee have a lot of fun with the old school Marvel stylings of this story, from the bombastic narration, the editor's notes, and the fake letters pages and 'bullpen bulletin' style announcements that pepper the story. Leaving the homage aside, this is a decent enough story that is fun to read.
Matt Kindt is one of my favourite artists for the singularity of his style. It works well here, although someone less effectively than it does on his own titles like Mind MGMT or 3 Story. He has a way of making the most outlandish ideas (and really, what's wilder than a yellowish seven-foot tall tooth fighting monsters?) work on the comics page.
This was a good read on a quiet weekend, and I'm sure this book was a lot of fun to make.