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Tooth & Claw, Django/Zorro, and Thor: Comics Collection Nov. 13

Marla Desat | 13 Nov 2014 21:00
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Tooth & Claw #1

This new high fantasy series from writer Kurt Busiek and artist Ben Dewey does everything right in the oversized first issue. Unlike some other high fantasy comic series I've tried recently, it doesn't talk down to you. It lets the art be as much a part of the story as the words, and both contribute to building its strange and fantastic world of animal-like wizards. The Seventeen Cities are already well imagined, and instead of prodding the reader with inscrutable references or obfuscating secrets with unfathomable nouns, Tooth & Claw gives you all the information you need to follow its story while leaving you curious to discover more about the wider setting.

The art in this issue is beautiful. Dewey's anthropomorphized animals, ranging from bats and raccoons to chameleons and goats, are fascinating to study. The roles of the main characters are made clear through their clothing, and the sheer detail given to background characters is staggering. Jordie Bellaire's colors give depth to the magic of the Seventeen Cities, creating powerful spells in stark white that blossom into a rainbow, like light through a prism. It's one of the best illustrations of magic I've ever seen. I can't wait to pick up the next issue of this series.

Favorite Moment: "My lady- and gentle-wizards of the Seventeen Cities, we are going to repair all."

- Marla

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