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Graphic Novel Review

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Sweet Tooth
Book 2
In Captivity


Author: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Jeff Lemire
Titan Books
RRP: £9.99, US $12.99
ISBN: 978 0 85768 044 0
Available 25 March 2011

There are no good people left in the world. Gus is learning that the hard way. Gus thought the man called Jepperd was his protector, his friend. But then Jepperd brought him to a terrible place where half-animal hybrid children like gus are kept in cages. A place where hard men conduct lethal experiments in a vain attempt to unravel the secret of the plague that has ravaged the world. These men sense that Gus is special. And they'll get to the bottom of what makes him that way... by any means necessary. Meanwhile Jepperd himself is a free man, who can roam the wastelands at will. But he can never forget the life he left behind. Now he's spiralling, heading down a self-destructive path... and the tragedy he's worked so hard to bury, the tragedy that made him what he is, waits for him at the bottom...

In Captivity is the second book in the Sweet Tooth graphic novel series and collects together issues #6 to 11 of the original comic book series.

In this book we finally get to learn the back story of Jepperd and why he left Gus at The Farm, where scientist are experimenting on the child/animal hybrid creatures that were born after the plague wiped out large chunks of the population.

At the end of book one Jepperd receives, what we think, is a large bag of money for delivering Gus, but this volume explains why Jepperd really brought Gus to The Farm and what his prize was. We also learn more about Jepperd's past, where he comes from and why he was in this neck of the woods in the first place.

In addition the head scientist at The Farm thinks he may have discovered something interesting about Gus's condition.

Yet another interesting and rather twisted collection.


Darren Rea

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