Comic Book Review: The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claws #1 (The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claws #1) by Simon Spurrier

The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claws #1 (The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claws #1) by Kurt Busiek (story), and Benjamin Dewey (art),

Publisher: Image Comics

Publication Date: November 5, 2014

Edition: Paperback, 45 pages

Genre: Comic, Epic Fantasy

Rating: 4.5/5 Rating


The comic book series I’ve been looking for

Backcover:

MARVELS and ASTRO CITY writer KURT BUSIEK returns to Image Comics with rising-star artist BEN DEWEY for an all-new ONGOING SERIES! Conan meets Game of Thrones meets Kamandi in an original high-fantasy epic for mature readers, as a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary champion back through time to save the world, with disastrous consequences. The action begins in a spectacular DOUBLE-SIZED FIRST ISSUE, with forty-four pages of story with no ads!

I am a novel first reader; always have been and always will be. My favorite genre is epic fantasy; hasn’t always been, but I’m confident that it always will be. When I decided to get back into reading comics last year, what I was looking for was that sprawling, epic fantasy story – but in comic form. I have found a lot of good stories told in comics, and a couple good fantasy stories too. I was yet to find that epic fantasy story though. That was until I picked up The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claws #1.

The Seventeen Cities Above the Plain are all run on magic, however the magic has slowly been fading for past few centuries, and the Gods have yet to talk to the wizards in over two-hundred. During the Colloquy, one wizard, Gharta of Daiir, has a plan to solve this: her plan is to bring back the Great Champion. Unfortunately, while the majority of wizards there are excited and eager for her plan, First-in-Council Tallon is not one of them. Fallon claims Gharta is speaking blasphemy against the Gods; that if the Gods had wanted them to reach the time before magic, then they would have already allowed it. Fallon strictly forbids its. This does not deter Gharta or those who would want to support her.

On Keneil, one of Seventeen Cities Above the Plain, on what would later be called “That Day,” wizards from all over are flying to the city to help Gharta to summon a spell to bring back the Great Champion, and restore the filing magic of the world.

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Everything about this comic speaks epic fantasy to me: the animal-people, the gods, the magic, the failing magic, the legendary hero; the names of the characters and places; the drawing of the characters themselves, their clothes, and settings. It almost as if one of the epic fantasy stories I’d read in one of my novels is coming to life on the pages!

I only picked up this first issue because I wanted to see if I’d like it or not and to decide wether or not I should go pick up the first volume (which I obviously will be now!), so you’ll get a full, more in depth review of the series then. For now: the world’s magic is failing, and animals-wizards want to bring back their Great Champion, a being whose race is unknown and is a constant argument, to save the magic; the series seems like it will be starting Dustan, a dog, whose father is a wizard and trader; and on the ground there are buffalo-beings that are none to happy with the being of the flying cities.

I think I am going to love this series; I really think this is the exact comic series I have been looking for.

4.5/5 Rating

-DJ

Date Read: 04/15/2016
Review Written: 04/16/2016
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16 thoughts on “Comic Book Review: The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claws #1 (The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claws #1) by Simon Spurrier

  1. Ashley M. says:

    I read this awhile ago and loved it! I can’t wait to read the next volume! The art is just fantastic!

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  2. Tammy says:

    I love the sound of this. Especially the animal charaters! I’ll look forward to your reviewsite as the story goes along:-D

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  3. Just finished volume one a few months ago and loved it, looking forward to volume two!

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    • That is so great to hear! Because I had literally heard nothing about this series before, I was afraid it was going to fall off in the later issues. It seems like it would be the PERFECT comic for fantasy fans. Doesn’t matter though. Stoked to pick up volume 1 and get started on it!!!! 🙂

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  4. Zezee says:

    I’ve been considering to pick this up but I always think I won’t like it. I love the art work, which is what pulls my interest, but I am not sure about the story. I like what you say about it though.

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  5. Okay, first I’ve heard of this and it sounds amazing! The art is gah! You have to stop adding to my comics/graphic novels wishlist, you’re totally going to make me go over budget 🙂

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  6. I’ve loved every issue published thus far. I was getting ready to do a review of the series myself, soon. Epic Fantasy at it’s finest.

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  7. jddunsany says:

    Great review! Busiek’s world-building here is absolutely brilliant. He really draws you in with the various factions, as well as a very sympathetic viewpoint character. And Dewey’s art is very good – his animal facial expressions are astounding!

    I’ve read volume 1. I *think* volume 2 is out or about to be released. Hope you enjoyed the other issues as the story unfolded.

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    • I am sad to say that I have not read anymore issues!!! 😦

      I read this issues a few months before I left for medical school, but I had too many other books and graphic novel on the TBR to get to before I felt, so I never got around to picking up Vol. 1.

      I am pretty sure that Vol. 2. is out though, and this is on my TBR to read over winter break!

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      • jddunsany says:

        Oh, I hear you about not having the time. I really wish I had the time to blog about The Autumnlands properly – it’s a very skillful and rich piece of storytelling. But, as a teacher, my time is always limited during term time. I can only imagine that it must be even worse being a medical student! 🙂

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