Netflix gave us our first taste of its upcoming Sweet Tooth series today, shedding some light on what we can expect from the dystopian sci-fi adventure. Based on the Jeff Lemire comic of the same name, Sweet Tooth was originally published by Vertigo and ran for forty issues from 2009 through 2013. (A sequel miniseries published under DC Black Label, Sweet Tooth: The Return, recently concluded its six-issue run and will eventually be available as a collected edition as well.)
Set in a world where a virus wipes out most of humanity at the same time an unexplained wave of human/animal hybrid children begin emerging, the story largely focuses on one of these hybrids—a deer-boy named Gus—and his relationship with a grizzled former hockey player named Jepperd as they attempt to find a rumored sanctuary for hybrid children. The search takes them across a dangerously transformed rural America as they must battle and escape gangs of thieves and mercenaries, along with an insidious group of former soldiers determined to unlock the cure for the virus by killing and studying hybrids like Gus.
The series stars Christian Convery and Nonso Anozie as Gus and Jepperd respectively and is executive produced by none other than Robert Downey Jr. along with Susan Downey, Amanda Burrell and Linda Moran.
Netflix has released a trailer and a series of initial photos, which give us our first look at some of the story’s key characters.