Mind Capsules – The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #2 and Earth 2 World’s End #9

The Autumnlands Tooth & Claw #2
The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #2

Writer – Kurt Busiek
Artist – Benjamin Dewey
Colours – Jordie Bellaire

The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw, formerly just called Tooth & Claw, is one of the most magical books coming out right now and that is due in large part to the amazing pencils of Benjamin Dewey.  It is highly doubtful that this title would have been as successful as it is without Dewey adding his beautiful illustrations to Busiek’s story.  The book is a work of art from every aspect and features a genre, namely fantasy, which is not used too often in the comic world anymore.  So maybe they were taking a risk in creating one, but thanks to Busiek and company for doing so as this story only two issues in, has been a lot of fun not to mention incredibly compelling.  The mages who gathered together last issue to enact a plan to save what was left of the magic in the world has succeeded, or so they thought.  Turns out that who they thought they had pulled forward from the past might not be the saviour they were expecting.  What is wonderful about this particular revelation shows that Busiek is not wasting any time in moving the plot forward which is a good thing for a new book.  To be inside Busiek’s mind as he is writing this title must be fascinating as he comes up with the various stories involving these anthropomorphic characters.  They seem so fully realized upon the page and coupled with Dewey’s character designs it almost feels like you have been reading them for ages when the reality is the exact opposite.  The book is left on an ominous tone and a bit of a cliff-hanger and it could not be more exciting.

4.5 out of 5

Earth 2 World's End #9
Earth 2 World’s End #9

Writer – Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson
Artist – Scott McDaniel, Tyler Kirkham, John Livesay, Stephen Segovia, Jason Paz, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, Eduardo Pansica, Walden Wong
Colors – John Rauch

Powergirl, Batman and their team find someone they never expected to see alive after they had pretty much given up all hope, but they still have to find Huntress, or at least what is left of her.  Meanwhile, the world is still going crazy and Mister Miracle is not having an easy go of it.  This title is still featuring a mish-mash of artists and it is not doing the book any favours.  Some segments look good and others look terrible.  It is understandable that DC wants to get this book out on time, but they could follow suit with what their other two weeklies are doing and just rotate artists around.  It would definitely create a little more consistency on the book other than that of artistic chaos.  Aside from the art though, the story is still fairly good and is at least consistent in that department.  The New Gods stuff is getting exciting, the discovery of ‘you know who’ has finally happened and we might be getting closer to finding out why Apokolips is here to consume the Earth.  The weakest part of this issue dealt with the Avatars of the Earth, though with the arrival of the Avatar of the Blue, this plot line might finally start to pick up.  It was also great to see Doctor Fate come in to save the day for once, and all in all, it was a decent issue, but not one of the series’ best.

3 out of 5

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