The second issue of a series is largely uneventful when compared to the first issue or maybe even the 100th. Sure, it continues the story and generally brings some balance to whatever crazy events unfolded in the first issue, but other than that there's really not much more of note that stands out. When a series changes its name entirely with the second issue, well, then you'll pay attention. Image Comics has announce that starting with the second issue, Tooth and Claw will now be named The Autumnlands. Nothing else to worry about in regards to the creative team, as writer Kurt Busiek, illustrator Benjamin Dewey, colorist Jordie Bellaire and letterer John Roshell are sticking around.
"The launch of our new series has gone beautifully," said Busiek. "We couldn't be happier. Well, maybe just a little happier. I'm still not sure how we managed to screw up the trademark search. But as it turns out, the title we thought was clear for use is in fact registered to someone else, which is embarrassing as all hell. Oops. So as of #2, the book will be titled The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw," he went on, "and we'll do our best to make sure people won't miss it on the racks, or think it's some wholly-different series. As you'll see, we did make sure the logo will still be recognizable to the readers who snapped up #1."
"We're also thrilled that #1 sold through as fast as it did, because that means a new printing," said Busiek. "Retailers have been asking me since #1 sold out how soon a new printing would be available, and I'm very pleased to be able to say it's on the way. Plus, it'll have the new logo on it, so that gets us the right title on the book, even on a printing of #1.
"Plus," Busiek added, "the idea of the 'autumnlands' is central to how the series works and is going to progress. Now readers can get a jump on figuring out just what that means..."
In The Autumnlands, a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary champion forward through time from the forgotten past to save the world—with disastrous consequences. The story features swords, sorcery, beast-wizards, gods, sprawling animal empires, golems of radioactive decay, crystalline badlands, con women, ancient armories, young love, mystery, blood and death and treachery and destiny.
The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw #2 is available now (and can be ordered with Diamond Code OCT140609, cover B by Alex Ross is available with Diamond Code OCT140610). The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw #3 will introduce readers to Goodfoot the Sly. And The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw #1 second printing will be available on January 7 as a double-sized 44-page issue with no ads for only $2.99.
Full press release below.