Jeff Lemire is one of the most lauded names today in creator-owned comics. As a writer and artist, he's the mind behind multiple award-winning original titles such as Essex County, Descender, The Nobody, and his beloved Vertigo series from the 2000s, Sweet Tooth.
When cameras started rolling on the pilot of Sweet Tooth back in 2019, Jeff Lemire's Vertigo comic series had been fully wrapped up for at least seven years. As readers already know, the Eisner Award winning writer and artist went back to Sweet Tooth after almost ten years when he published Sweet Tooth: The Return as a six-issue miniseries through DC Black Label in November of 2020, and it was in part thanks to being on the set of the TV Series.
Speaking with ComicBook.com during a junket for the Netflix show, Lemire said that he never wanted to ruin the ending he wrote in the comics but seeing it come to life got his mind working in the world again.
He continued, "So, I didn't really have a good idea of how to get back in, but then when I got to go on set, and I was there and I saw the passion, and everything that Jim (Mickle, showrunner) and the cast and the crew were bringing to it, it reignited my love of the world again and reminded me of why I loved it so much when I started it, and it got my wheels turning for sure. It inspired me, the whole Return came from that experience of me really wanting to get back into the world. And then I came up with the idea of how to do that, without upending what I've done in the original series."
You can read all forty issues of Sweet Tooth on the DC Universe with Sweet Tooth: The Return arriving on the service in monthly installments.
Sweet Tooth stars Christian Convery as Gus, Nonso Anozie as Tommy Jepperd, Adeel Akhtar as Dr. Aditya Singh, Aliza Vellani as Rani Singh, Stefania LaVie Owen as Bear, Dania Ramirez as Aimee Eden, Neil Sandilands as General Abbot, Will Forte as Father, and James Brolin as Narrator.
The first season of Sweet Tooth is now streaming on Netflix.