Comic book adaptations to the screen—both big and small—are largely dominated by tales of superhero bombast, with only a few exceptions smattered about here and there. And while those stories are all kinds of entertaining, there’s a whole world of comic book yarns that going beyond costumed characters duking it out.

Case in point: Sweet Tooth, the DC Comics/Vertigo comic book by Jeff Lemire. On June 4th, Netflix will debut a series based on the beautiful, moving story Lemire has created. Sweet Tooth focuses on Gus (portrayed by Christian Convery), a deer-human hybrid boy who attempts to navigate the world after a virus has ravage much of humanity. Mostly isolated much of his life, Gus must now attempt to survive a world that fears and hates him and other animal-human hybrids after “The Great Crumble,” which ushered in, in part, the hybrids in the first place. In order to survive, Gus travels with Tommy Jepperd (Nonso Anozie), who provides the young boy protection. Take a look at the trailer that just dropped:

Sweet Tooth will be a bit different than most post-apocalyptic fare, according to executive producer, writer, director, and co-showrunner Jim Mickle:

“We wanted to make a show that offers escape and adventure, where nature is reclaiming the world and in many ways it feels like a fairytale. SWEET TOOTH is a new kind of dystopian story, it’s very lush and hopeful. We want people to come into this world where there’s beauty and hope and adventure. This is a sweeping story — we ride on trains, climb mountaintops, run through forests. This is a show about what makes a family, what home really means, and why it’s important to keep faith in humanity.”

Sweet Tooth, which also has Susan Downey and Robert Downey, Jr. as executive producers and also stars Will Forte, debuts June 4th on Netflix. Also be sure to take a gander at these pics that from the series that the streaming service just dropped!

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Jed W. Keith is managing editor for FreakSugar and has been a writer with the site since its start in 2014. He’s a pop culture writer, social media coordinator, PR writer, and technical and educational writer for a variety of companies and organizations. Currently, Jed writes for FreakSugar, coordinates social media for Rocketship Entertainment and GT Races, and writes press copy and pop culture articles for a variety of companies and outlets. His work was featured in the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con convention book for his interview with comic creator Mike Mignola about the 25th anniversary of the first appearance of Hellboy. He also serves as Head Ref for Somer City Roller Derby, the women’s roller derby league in his hometown in Kentucky, and contributes writing to various local organizations. Jed also does his best to educate the next generation of pop culture enthusiasts, teaching social studies classes--including History Through Film--to high school students.