Alex Ross' 'Tooth & Claw' #2 variant brings animals home to roost

With Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey's Tooth & Claw set to launch in November, Image Comics has debuted variant cover by fan-favorite artist Alex Ross for the series' second issue, which details a full menagerie for the fantasy series.

"The world in Tooth & Claw is kind of a quasi-medieval fantasy, joined with classical designs,” Ross said in a statement. “That made me think of paintings like The Raft of the Medusa, and I wanted to capture that feeling, with the characters and situations from the series. Although really, the only reference I had was the Pogues album, Rum, Sodomy & The Lash, so in a way, that was my reference and my inspiration."

Ross and Busiek, of course, have worked together extensively on Astro City, with the artist providing covers for the long-running superhero epic. Ross also pointed out the high-caliber work by Dewey, saying the work is "some of the most impressive and elaborate illustration you can find in comics. How often do you see a world of animal protagonists in a comic story related with such realism and pathos? This book looks damn unique to me, and isn’t that what we should all be looking for?"

Tooth & Claw #1 hit stores Nov. 5. Ross' variant for Tooth & Claw #2 will be available Dec. 3.

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