This is the issue that fans have been waiting for eagerly and dreading all in the same breath. Sweet Tooth #40 puts the last nail in the coffin on the Vertigo series and my, what an amazing ride it has been.
The events in the previous issue were somewhat predictable but that didn’t stop them from delivering an emotional punch. Fans have been nursing over the last, what feels like an eternity, for this final issue to land in our hands. The issue opens up with what readers may first interpret as a rehash of the past events, but we’re all given a little bit of a twist, and the cover of this issue delivers what is promised, a jump into the future. We’re treated to an older Gus and we see the fallout of everything that’s happened in the series thus far through flashbacks and stories. Even some things that weren’t explained very well are clarified here.
The storytelling here is top-notch and Lemire uses his narrative to hammer home the point of this book. “This is a story…” is the recurring theme in the way Gus tells stories to his friends and family. But while the story telling is some of the best I’ve ever seen, it still comes with some faults. There were two instances in this book where some of the plot seemed a bit rushed, but even with that being said, it still doesn’t steal from the beauty of this book.
The art is still penciled by Lemire, but the way the book is colored is predominantly through watercolor, giving it a sort of dreamy feeling and playing on the use of flashbacks. One of the greatest panels I’ve ever seen in comics comes straight from this issue.
Forty issues isn’t a lot for a series, considering The Amazing Spider-Man just concluded with #700. But this Sweet Tooth does in 40 issues what most series can’t do in a hundred. Fans have invested four years of their lives to Gus and Jeppard and their friends and enemies and the payoff is more than anyone could have imagined. As you reach the last pages, you’ll feel a lump well up in your throat and a smile spread across your face.