Updated on 16 October, 2021
Sweet Tooth is an American comic series written and illustrated by Canadian Jeff Lemire and introduced by DC comics' Vertigo imprint. Dubbed by some critics as "mad max meets bambi" it takes place in an mainly rural post-apocalyptic world where some weird animals are animal/human hybrids. A massive attack by creatures called the Scrake and the Tusk leads to the death of an entire family. survivor-turned-hostage Sweet Tooth volunteers at a local shelter run by a sadistic veterinarian, Cyrus. She intends to use her experience to help the other survivors and escape the Crazy Water Facility. However, things take an unexpected turn when she runs out of the facility and is hunted by Scrake.
Like most comics devoted to the wild west, this one blends science fiction with a dose of fantasy. The story revolves around a town called Sweet Tooth, which like many other frontier towns has its own share of strange denizens. Among them is a father who experiments with cross-bred animals and makes hybrid children with different characteristics. As these children grow, they also undergo transformations that take them from their human forms to that of their strange new forms. Some of these creatures become so powerful that they are able to take on the strength of a monster.
The comic's premise is certainly weird and I have always found this kind of storytelling more fun and thrilling than the norm. The way in which the characters' personalities are fleshed out makes them more interesting. The way in which they interact with each other is what makes this title truly memorable. Even though the first few comics were less popular than the later ones, Sweet Tooth still managed to gain steady popularity. Part of the reason for this was the ongoing presence of animal children in the comic's supporting cast.
The comic's lead character, Bob, is a professor emeritus at a prestigious college. He experiments with crossbreeding animals in order to create new super powers. One of his creations is Sweet Tooth, an android who possesses both the strength and the memories of a normal dog. However, this android's memory is actually of a group of warrior-like post-apocalyptic creatures he encountered while investigating a possible outbreak of a deadly virus.
In this post-apocalyptic world, people live in caves. They survived thanks to the underground tunnels they built to escape the nuclear holocaust that devastated the globe a few decades ago. Now they live in these caves, which have been unearthed by archaeologists. They are living proof that despite how the world looks today, it wasn't all that long ago when life was relatively simple. This is how Dr. Lemire came to find himself in the sweet spot of Sweet Tooth. He was searching for a way to create a serum that would help humans cope with the trauma of their current lifestyle.
As a result, Dr. Leisure finally decided to create Sweet Tooth, but he needed help in creating this serum from a rich philanthropist called Dr. J.G. Jones, who had received a grant for his research into a possible biological cure for global pandemic. Although he and Jones had come up with similar ideas before, they felt like they had gone too far with regards to each other and didn't want to risk losing the money. As such, they decided to team up and go on a mission to find and recruit a number of different alien beings whom they felt could be a valuable addition to their team.
After spending the better part of eight months writing and drawing the comic book, illustrator Mark Waid stepped onto the project as the main writer. He was able to bring Sweet Tooth into the limelight, where it has truly been received. Waid has also spent quite a bit of time creating various characters for the TV show adaptation, including enlisting Hollywood celebrities such as Will Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio to voice Buzz Lightyear. Smith plays Chuck, a young cancer patient who is portrayed as a kind and gentle soul who tries to help others in his life.
The animation company that produced the TV show, DreamWorks, has also picked up where Waid left off. Dan Scanlon and Peter Chan are the executive producers of the hit webseries. The company plans on adapting both the comic books and the animated films into a feature length animated feature film for television by the end of 2021. While there is no word on whether or not the concept will receive a green light from Disney, I wouldn't be surprised if it did. I am expecting to see a lot of My Little Pony fan art on MySpace right now.