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Preview: Jim Henson’s Beneath the Dark Crystal #7

Jim Henson’s Beneath the Dark Crystal #7

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Adam Smith
Artist: Alexandria Huntington
Colorist: Laura Langston
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist:
    Main Cover: Benjamin Dewey
    Preorder Cover: David Petersen
Price: $3.99

Kensho and his companions must journey further into Thra, to a Valley that has not been inhabited in over a hundred years. Meanwhile, Thurma makes a crucial decision that alters her fate and that of the entire Fireling land forever.

Jim Henson's Beneath the Dark Crystal #7

Preview: Jim Henson’s Beneath the Dark Crystal #6

Jim Henson’s Beneath the Dark Crystal #6

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Adam Smith
Artist: Alexandria Huntington
Colorist: Laura Langston
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist:
    Main Cover: Benjamin Dewey
    Preorder Cover: David Petersen
Price: $3.99

Thurma tests her new Fireling abilities with dangerous results while Kensho and the others seal the fate of the town of Dagger Root… for better or worse.

Jim Henson's Beneath the Dark Crystal #6

Preview: Jim Henson’s Beneath the Dark Crystal #5

Jim Henson’s Beneath the Dark Crystal #5

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Adam Smith
Artist: Alexandria Huntington
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: Benjamin Dewey
Preorder Cover: David Petersen
Incentive Cover: Ramón K. Pérez
Price: $3.99

The challenge for the throne between Thurma and Nita begins in Mithra! Meanwhile, Kensho and his new companions visit a village with hopes of helping the locals…but things are not as they appear.

Preview: Rick and Morty Presents: Pickle Rick #1

Rick and Morty Presents: Pickle Rick #1

(W) Delilah Dawson, (A) CJ Cannon, (C) Brittany Peer, (CA) A: CJ Cannon with Joshua Perez, B: Benjamin Dewey
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor—Price: $4.99—Page Count: 40

The biggest pickle-sized character in pop culture comes to comics! In this reimagined version, written by Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars) and with art from series artists CJ Cannon and Brittany Peer, Rick gets out of some much-needed family therapy time by inventing a fruit gun, which he uses on himself, and things go…poorly. Yes, cucumbers are fruits! Plus, Jaguar’s back and he’s on a mission to save his daughter.

Underrated: Autumnlands: Woodland Creatures

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Autumnlands: Woodland Creatures



TheAutumnlands_vol02-1A few weeks ago I wrote about the first volume of The Autumnlands  in this column (which you can find in a horribly typo filled post here because apparently I forgot to spell check). I was quite taken with the book, and remarkably surprised that I’d never come across the story before, and as I’m sure you’ve figured out, I picked up the second trade. This time for full price.

The second trade, Woodland Creatures picks up, with the aftermath of the bridge battle sending Dusty and Learoyd left abandoned on the ground as the rest of the citizens are rehomed.

Whereas the first volume touched on the divide of rich and poor in a class-based society, the second really drives home the differences between the magic users and the rest of the woodland creatures, culminating in a shocking and remarkably relevant commentary on the imposition of one’s will over another.

Slavery, class divide, religion, environmental damage and technological abuses are all touched upon here in a way that doesn’t come off as Kurt Busiek standing on a soapbox, but rather encouraging us to think about the world around us. Maybe something that seems impossible has a rather obvious solution when approached from a different angle.

If you’re looking for a fun fantasy story, then you will find what you’re looking for with the second volume in the Autumnlands saga. Without question, this is a top notch comic book. But like any great science fiction or fantasy series, the messages barely beneath the surface are more powerful and relevant for their seemingly innocuous delivery and framing within the confines of the story.

As with all great works of fiction, Woodland Creatures asks exactly as much of the reader as it needs to in order to encourage you become a better person. Yup. But as deeply as I have read into this book, and possibly far deeper than I should have, you don’t need to do that. This is a book that can be enjoyed solely as a great story.

Image has a vast library of great books, and while we’re still waiting on the third volume of the series, this book is worth reading now. Yes, there’s a set up for the following issue, and yes there are unanswered questions, but nothing that will haunt you long into the night (though the wait for the next chapter  will suck).

As with most books covered in this column, it’s a book I don’t see getting the love it deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated. Go read it now. You won’t regret it.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Jim Henson’s Beneath The Dark Crystal #4

Jim Henson’s Beneath The Dark Crystal #4

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Adam Smith
Artist: Alexandria Huntington
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist:
    Main Cover: Benjamin Dewey
    Preorder Cover: David Petersen
    Incentive Cover: Michael Allred
Price: $3.99

Thurma and Nita must travel deep into Mithra to learn from a mysterious figure of their world’s past. Meanwhile, Kensho’s time in a local village opens his eyes to something that may change Thra forever.

Underrated: Autumn Lands: Tooth And Claw

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Autumn Lands: Tooth And Claw



The Autumn Lands Tooth And ClawIn another case of “Alex bought something for Underrated without knowing anything about it beforehand,” we have The Autumn Lands: Tooth And Claw by Kurt Busiek, Benjamin Dewey, Jordie Bellaire and John Roshell of Comicraft. I had never heard of this series before spotting it at my LCS last week as I restocked the trade shelves (I’m not a nice person, they pay me to do it). Then this week a used copy came in, and I couldn’t turn down a half priced trade.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that $5 was an utter steal for this book. Within four pages I had become absorbed into this wonderfull world of anthromorphic animals, magic and class based society.

Autumnlands is published by Image, with the first volume being released in 2015 that collects the six issues released from November 2014 to June 2015. There was a second volume released in 2017 that collects the eight issues released from November 2015 to January 2017. As a person who only recently discovered the series, I can imagine that the less than frequent release date didn’t help garner Autumnlands much buzz – but I could easily be wrong here as it is entirely possible I just missed it. Like I missed the comics.

Magic is failing in the world, and a group of sky-city dwelling wizards want to bring back the Great Champion so that he can show them how to return the world’s magic. Only… the wizards didn’t bring back a savior, they snagged themselves a soldier. An effective soldier, but a soldier nonetheless. From anther world, or time, or dimension. Into this new world, then, the soldier finds himself embroiled in the politics of a city (or he would if he seemed to care about such things), and it’s through the uses of the types of animals that we can see a class-based commentary begin to form.

Although this is more a rule of thumb than specifically stated, meat eaters, generally, seem to be at the top of the hierarchy, while herbivors are (quite literally) at the ground level. There are exceptions to this, including a wizarding giraffe, however. But put the politics and commentary aside, and you still have a solid fantasy story about a hero who finds himself alone in a strange world who must somehow protect and save those who need him. Busiek delivers on multiple levels with this book, and it’s easy to see why there’s a cover quote telling us it’s his best work in some time.

Likewise, there’s also a cver quote extolling Benjamin Dewey’s art work, and rightly so, as he and colourist Jordie Bellaire deliver the second punch with their all out visual assualt. Rarely have I been so surprised by a book’s visual impact as I was when reading this.

Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw is fatastic, and I’d have been supremely happy with this at twice the price – I’m pretty sure my LCS has volume two (or they did when I put it on the shelf), so I’ll be picking that up this weekend, too. Volume one is going to set you backaroud $10 new, which is an astounding deal for six issues, let alone six issues of this quality. Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw is a really good read, phenomenl, even.

But as with most books covered in this column, it’s a book I don’t see getting the love it deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated. Go read it now. You won’t regret it.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Jim Henson’s Beneath the Dark Crystal #3

Jim Henson’s Beneath the Dark Crystal #3

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Adam Smith
Artist: Alexandria Huntington
Cover Artist:
    Main Cover: Benjamin Dewey
    Preorder Cover: David Petersen
    Incentive Cover: Lee Garbett
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

The challenge for the throne between Thurma and Nita begins in Mithra! Meanwhile, Kensho and his new companions visit a village with hopes of helping the locals…but things are not as they appear.

Preview: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Artist Tribute HC

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Artist Tribute HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: N/A
Artists: Brian Froud, Jae Lee, David Petersen, Benjamin Dewey, Mark Buckingham, Sana Takeda, Jeff Stokely, and more
Cover Artist: Mike Huddleston
Price: $24.99

Since its original release in 1982, Jim Henson’s groundbreaking fantasy film The Dark Crystal has captured the minds and imaginations of authors, artists, filmmakers, and fans across the world with its ambitious worldbuilding and stunning visuals.

Now, return to the world of The Dark Crystal and see the vivid locations, lifelike creatures, and beloved heroes as realized by a collection of uniquely original artistic voices in celebration of one of Jim Henson’s most enduring creations.

The Dark Crystal Artist Tribute features illustrations from artist luminaries and newcomers alike, including Jae Lee, David Petersen, Mark Buckingham, Cory Godbey, Jeff Stokely, Benjamin Dewey, Sana Takeda, and the film’s original concept artist, Brian Froud.

Preview: Jim Henson’s Beneath the Dark Crystal #2

Jim Henson’s Beneath the Dark Crystal #2

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Adam Smith
Artist: Alexandria Huntington
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: Benjamin Dewey
Subscription Cover: David Petersen
Incentive Cover: Lee Garbett
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

Kensho is free from the pressures of the Crystal Castle and back out in world of Thra, a place far wilder and more dangerous than he remembers. Meanwhile in Mithra, the challenger to Thurma’s throne is forced to prove her heritage.

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