This initial volume certainly took its time getting anywhere, a common indie comic trend. (I’m looking at you Sweet Tooth.) But its interesting premise kept me reading and will probably continue to do so into the next volume, another common indie trend. (I’m still looking at you Sweet Tooth).
The characters continue their slow development and some answers are given, invoking more intrigue than resolution of course. I feel like Lemire has an understanding of the genre, but just wants to recreate it, with animal kids. It’s a good genre for comics, but with this arc’s ending, I’m not terribly excited about where it’s going, but a bit of curiosity does still linger.
While the central mystery slowly begins to unravel, it’s a bit too slow to remain compelling. The first volume was the bait, tempting you with the interesting premise, while this volume is more of the hook, expanding the world-building so that you’ll stay interested. So far, I’m nibbling the worm but the barb hasn’t sunk in. Maybe volume three will be the yank it needs to drive the hook in.
After loving Jeff Lemire’s Animal Man, I was eager to see what non-superhero stuff he could do. Sweet Tooth didn’t quite meet the bar I set for him, but I’ll still look for more of his work. Apocalypses are getting a little too commonplace, so it’s hard to wow with them any more. This one’s central mystery is intriguing, but completely unexplored in any meaningful way. It progresses slowly but entertainingly, though it doesn’t quite pique enough interest to convince me to look for the rest of what is a fairly long series. It’s like The Road, (the book anyway, haven’t seen the film), though not quite that bleak. But still pretty bleak.
Alan Moore knows how to write. Period. Full stop. He weaves words eloquently and elevates the rather silly subject of a plant-man into the realm of literature. The art is fantastic and from a time when comic art was breaking out of the standard page layout. It’s a superhero book without superheroes, but rather people (and a couple plants that think they’re people) dealing with very human problems.