Book Reviews · Graphic Novels

The Autumnlands Vol 1 Tooth and Claw

Author: Kurt Busiek

Artist: Benjamin Dewey

Genre: Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery

Age: Adult

Summary:  When the wizards of the Autumnlands reach through time to bring back a legendary hero, they don’t get the savior they expected. But in a shattered, besieged city, he’s their only hope of survival and possibly their entire world as well.

Review: Don’t let the talking animals fool you into thinking this is a graphic novel for kids. There is plenty of cussing and a scene of human nudity.

This is a really interesting world where anthropomorphic animals used magic in place of technology. Which brings to the question; if magic is dying from the world, why not change your ways of living?

The art has this rustic design to it. Every little detail is shown, giving it this gritty appearance of the world. An Earth color pallet is used. This all goes well together to help create this world of talking animals that used magic.

I will say it is a bit of a fantasy trope where magic is dying from the world and needs a hero to bring it back. Somehow it works. If it were humans living in a medieval-like world where magic is dying, then it is the same old tiresome trope. The Autumnlands give it a new set of paint by making this world interesting.

The hero is not even from our world. He from the deep past giving hints that there were humans. From the glances that we get if he comes from; it looks like it is technologically advanced. What happen to all that? It is not shown in this volume but, I going to guess they’re going to be a clash of magic vs. technology later in the series.

This is a good start to a fantasy series that I may or may not be continuing. My library only has the first two books in the series. One thing for sure I am not buying a graphic brand new graphic novel. I learn that the hard way from paying twenty dollars each for the first two volumes in the Sandman series.

3 thoughts on “The Autumnlands Vol 1 Tooth and Claw

  1. This sounds pretty fun, Marianna. I haven’t seen it around myself but I have heard of Busiek before and have probably read some stuff by him (nothing that stuck in my memory though). Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. I just wanted to let you know that I have begun my own blogging journey and moved onto my website ( If you’d like us to remain connected, you can find me there going forward! You don’t have to, of course. Take care! 🙂

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