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The Autumnlands #1

Writer: Kurt Busiek Artist: Ben Dewey Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 5, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 16
8.7Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

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.

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Nov 5, 2014

    Tooth and Claw is a phenomenal piece of comic book storytelling. Busiek, Dewey, and Bellaire are at the top of their game to bring Tooth and Claw to life. It's got a fully realized world within one issue and that's a strong feat to behold. You're likely going to be hearing many raves about Tooth and Claw over the coming days and I'm glad to be part of that lovely group of people. Tooth and Claw is an excellent first issue and if you miss this then you're missing out. A fantastic new fantasy comic done by a team at the top of all of their games, Tooth and Claw is a must buy. Read Full Review

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Alexander Handziuk Nov 7, 2014

    The art by Ben Dewey is edgy yet crisp and he really captures the human side of these animals, while still retaining their animalistic ferocity.Seven Scars, a giant Bison like creature is masterfully drawn and the moment he appears on the page, he immediately draws the reader in through his intimidating and frightening appearance. All of the animal/humans look stunning and each one drawn is distinctly its own unique creature. There are as I said earlier an insane amount of animals featured throughout the forty pages and not once did I notice any that were misdrawn.As if the Deweys pencils weren't good enough, Jordie Bellaires inks are rich and blend especially well and her inks really meld well with the medieval world of Tooth and Claw. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Nov 5, 2014

    My biggest nit to pick here is that the back cover bills this as "48 pages, no ads," but the true "page" count is forty-four, since the front, back and interior covers are covers that don't carry the story, not pages. That, however, is easily overlooked, given the fact that the issue is still left with two-hundred-twenty percent of the page count of a standard $2.99 comic book. Incredibly, each panel is worth the cover price all by itself, but combined this is a comic book that simply can not be missed. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Nov 8, 2014

    Through the character Dunstan, we see just what type of world this is. Busiek is just scratching the surface of this world that that includes seventeen floating cities, gods, politics, magic and more. It's tough to mention everything that's introduced to the reader, but at no time do any of the concepts and ideas introduced feel cheap or rushed. I got a sense that this was inspired by Kamandi, Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, and that's a great thing. There's just so much here and the foundations to what should be an immense story are starting to be laid out. Magic is fading away, and the leaders of the seventeen cites come together in order to bring it back. With that simple concept we witness wonderful and easy to follow complexity. Image continues to publish some of the best comics in the industry and Tooth and Claw is yet another example of this, in what may be their best example this year and that's no small feat given the year Image has had! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Nov 4, 2014

    Tooth & Claw #1 is kicks off an ambitious and entertaining story in grand fashion. This issue is crafted by a trio of skilled comic-makers and is fantasy done right. The huge scope of this comic will suck readers in and not let them go and the oversized issue is a great value. I highly recommend giving this one a shot if fantasy tales are your jam and I can't wait to see what Busiek, Dewey and Bellaire have in store for this series going forward. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Travis Anderson Nov 9, 2014

    Fantasy lovers rejoice, for we can now add Tooth & Claw to our growing collection of comics in our favorite genre. Once this is collected I will be sure to set it immediately beside my Mouse Guard hardcovers, and Rat Queens paperbacks. At the moment, though, I will wait for the next issue as impatiently as a wolf lying in wait for its next meal. I too look forward to digging my teeth (and claws) into the rest of this feast of a series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 5, 2014

    The promotional materials for Tooth and Claw #1 described it as a combination of Conan, Game of Thrones and Kamandi – an eclectic mix, to be sure! But also an inaccurate one. If it must be compared to anything, best it be compared to another Image Comics series – Saga. It's nothing like Saga, of course, but like that beloved series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Tooth and Claw offers us something wholly new and unexpected. And if you are a fan of fantasy in any form, you would do well to give it a try. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Nov 6, 2014

    I use no hyperbole when I say this may be the comic of the year, and have no doubts about giving it a perfect score. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Christopher Bennett Dec 2, 2014

    This is an extremely solid beginning of what's looking to be a lengthy fantasy epic, and stylistically feels like a mixture of the historical and political complexity of Game of Thrones and the enticing magical systems of" something with lots of magic in it. I did mention that I don't read much fantasy, yes? Anyway, pick this one up. It's" magical. (Sorry.) Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 4, 2014

    I had no idea what I was in for, but quickly found something as magical as any Jim Henson nostalgia dream. The characters are vivid and real and the magical world they live in is truly captivating. If you like fantasy, magic or out-of-this-world worlds, check this comic out! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Multiversity Comics - Sam LeBas Nov 7, 2014

    This is the beauty of creativity and collaborative storytelling. This entire world started as idea. Maybe it was scribbled on a napkin, saved on a smartphone, jotted down in a margin or whispered to a friend. A quick and fleeting thing that could have been easily lost, this idea grew instead. It grew legs and gained voices. It found people to make it stronger, to make itself real. Then it was born climbing from one mind, like Athena, to the minds of many. This idea will spark more ideas, an entire generation of creative thought might come from this one ephemeral notion. This is the reason people write and draw and read and watch and try. We dream so that every once in a while we can catch one of those dreams and give it back to the world. I'm so thankful that there are those among us with the passion and the talent required to bring things like this to life. This is the beauty of creativity. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Geeked Out Nation - CJ Yudelson Nov 8, 2014

    I don't want to spoil this issue because it really has to be read. Coming in at a whopping 44 pages it is a dense book. Also 2.99! 3 bucks for this thing of beauty is really a steal. All in all Tooth & Claw was such a surprise to me. I should of known that with Kurt Busiek this debut would be a winner for me but what I wasn't counting on was how the art elicited a feeling of emotional wonder upon reading. I have no idea where this book is going but count me in. I highly recommend reading this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - louis whiteford Nov 7, 2014

    Tooth and Claw #1 was a quietly satisfying first issue. It didn't shock with revelatory plot twists or hook with a premise too good to be true. It's not trying too hard to be different. It's only trying to be great, and in that respect, it succeeds wonderfully. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Chase Magnett Nov 4, 2014

    Tooth and Claw is another incredible debut from Image Comics, a series that promises the world and then delivers. It is the first chapter of another saga filled with potential from a creative team that has proven they can deliver on high concepts and drama both. Theres a lot to love in this issue and its only the beginning. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Nov 7, 2014

    Tooth & Claw manages to replicate many of the best parts of reading a novel and watching an epic fantasy film, without losing sight of itself as a comic. There's no guarantee that future installments will match the vision presented here, but, for the moment, it ranks up there with books like Saga that can redefine what comic book fantasy looks like. Especially at 44 pages for $2.99, Tooth & Claw #1 is a phenomenal debut that you, almost literally, can't afford to miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Nov 5, 2014

    Tooth And Claw #1 feels like the beginning of something very unique and compelling, with some beautiful coloring, and a splash page (Page 35, if you're counting) that's worth the cost of admission all by itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Tres Dean Nov 6, 2014

    If you're willing to put the effort into breaching its dense universe, Tooth & Claw is absolutely worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Alan Nov 5, 2014

    Quality storytelling. Great art. Definitely give this one a try. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Bree Ogden Nov 5, 2014

    When magic begins to fail them, the wizards of the world gather in secrecy, using their combined powers bring forth he who unleashed magic in the beginning. The mysterious and legendary being has been long gone, and therefore the task of bringing him through space and time is a dangerous and difficul Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Gaumer Nov 7, 2014

    While it's difficult to tell where Tooth & Claw is going to go after this, ish #1 was an interesting, if not strange, entry into a wonderfully imaginative world of magic and odd characters. The story, however, left something to be desired. The lead character was less than appealing, many seemingly important aspects were only glanced over, and even more questions arise by the book's conclusion. Despite these problems, Tooth & Claw was a solid first issue that leaves a lot of potential for the series, and it's a book you should buy even if it's just to see that wonderful art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Nov 8, 2014

    Tooth & Claw #1 is a 48 page comic for $2.99. If you’re not already considering the purchase, then I can reassure you that this book is a great debut for an ambitious, layered and imaginative story that is bound to grow into a great one. It has its issues but they will most certainly be addressed in the coming month so go out and pick this one up if you haven’t already! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Nov 4, 2014

    This first issue of Tooth & Claw was nothing short of absolutely gorgeous. This was a great intro into the Tooth & Claw universe and after all 48 pages there still feels like there is plenty more room for the story. This is aimed to be one of the next big ongoing series from Image that people should start jumping on now. When you look at what Busiek has done with Astro City, you can only wonder what he has in store for Tooth & Claw. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - David Craig Nov 5, 2014

    To conclude, Tooth and Claw #1 is awesome. While the vast story that Busiek is telling at first seems a little too ambitious for its own good, the creases iron out by the end of the issue and what you're left with is a very promising new title. After just one issue I feel attached to these characters and eager to see where Busiek takes them next. And if the great story and beautiful art aren't enough to persuade you to pick this up, how about that it's 44 ad-free pages for just $2.99? You owe it to yourself to give this book a try. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Capeless Crusader - Cody Mudge Nov 6, 2014

    While Tooth & Claw #1 lacks in the character department, it does have an impressive vision with the scope and scale of the world Busiek and Dewey have created. Deweys art was splendid throughout this installment and has ensured that I will be back next month to see where the series goes. Busiek has written some brilliant and beautiful comics in his time and I hope that Tooth & Claw becomes one of them. Im just not ready to drink the Kool-Aid on this one just yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Kat Vendetti Nov 4, 2014

    It's clear that Kurt Busiek has poured his soul into Tooth & Claw. Though it's a bit of a slow start, it's a compelling one, and while its density might deter some readers, Tooth & Claw #1 gives enough of a taste of a world that is sure to reveal grander things as the story unravels and grows. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 8, 2014

    Tooth and Claw is a great first issue because of the price and the page count. It becomes a huge win with the stellar artwork within the book. The story is not going to be everyone's cup of tea. I wasn't sucked into story and I'm not sure if that is because I found the book to be overly wordy or if the subject matter just isn't something that I'm into. However, at this price you should pick the book up and take a chance on it. You might find out you love this book. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    BGCP - Erik Guenther Nov 2, 2014

    In Tooth & Claw #1, Kurt Busiek introduces readers to a fantasy world with walking and talking canines. There is not much to engage readers in this initial issue. Read Full Review

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