With detailed art, surprising character growth, and a set up for bigger revelations, The Autumnlands #9 is a satisfying entry in the new smash hit fantasy series. If you’re a dedicated fan, there is no reason you shouldn’t pick up this issue.
Kurt Busiek is probably one of the biggest name in American comics. He started off doing freelance work for both DC and Marvel on titles like Iron Man, Avengers, and The Untold Tales of Spider-Man. In 1993, Busiek joined with superstar artist Alex Ross co-created the classic Marvels mini-series that showed the major events of the Marvel Universe from the perspective of photojournalist Phil Sheldon. From there, he created the long-running, award-winning Astro City series. Kurt Busiek is most notable for his humane approach to superheroes, making characters feel relatable despite their fantastical powers.
Autumnlands #5 is another great chapter in this high fantasy epic as Busiek balances political tension, character relationships, and even throws some well-timed, funny dialogue from fish out of water Learoyd to make sure the story isn’t overtly tragic. Combined with the beautiful storytelling of Dewey and Bellaire, Autumnlands #5 continues to show why it’s the best fantasy comic currently on sale.
The expedition into Kurt Busiek’s Autumnlands continues and as expected, it’s a wonderful piece of work. One of Tooth & Claw’s strengths has been its limited exposition. The world the characters inhabit is explained through the story, trusting the audience to fill in the gaps. Aspects, like insectoid beasts of burden and wicker-built cities, come naturally as part of the series’ excellent world building and this issue continues the trend.