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Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Matt Smith
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: November 13th, 2019
Folklords #1 introduces us to Ansel, a teenager in a magical world who dreams of a world full of skyscrapers and technology.
A Classic Reversal in Folklords #1
Folklords #1 is the start of a new miniseries from BOOM! Box. While the series is only five issues long, it clearly has some lofty goals to get through. It’s going to subvert all of the classic tropes involving fairy tale quests.
Ansel lives in a magical world, but he has visions of another world—one completely unlike his own. But, unlike the classical tales of a boy seeing another world, he dreams of a world full of suits and skyscrapers. This series is set to twist all of the expectations of fantasy worlds, magic, and the well-worn tale of a young man’s coming of age adventure, in what will soon become a complete reversal of it all.
Folklords looks like it’ll be a fun and amusing series for anybody looking for something different and somewhat whimsical. The flip is so obvious, and yet not something that has ever been done before.
The world Matt Kindt has built within Folklords #1 is one that is immediately familiar and yet very different from what we might expect. This is a world that we can imagine as the setting for an epic quest. And yet—it’s the world that Ansel is trying to get away from.
There was something oddly charming about the writing in this tale. Perhaps it’s because Ansel is yearning to prove the existence of a world full of technology. Or perhaps it’s because he’s fighting against the elders of his town. No matter the reason, there is something deeply resonating about this series.
For a series designed to be only five issues long, there was a delightful amount of plot and subplot to be found within the first issue. This world has already come alive, and it’s clear that there’s a lot going on in Ansel’s world.
What was perhaps the most satisfying part of this tale was Ansel’s determination despite it all. And admittedly the way he describes our world is oddly…charming. It’s a picturesque version, but that makes sense, given that he’s only been able to steal glances here and there.
Folklords #1 is both bright and whimsical. Ansel is an oddly normal character. Well, normal by our standards. Less so by the people in his world. Dressing him up in a suit was a clever touch—an obvious throwback to the idea of a child wearing a cloak or something similar. It made Ansel stick out like a sore thumb—in all the right ways.
The artists behind this issue did an excellent job of showing the magic in Ansel’s world as a background element. After all, none of this is new or different to Ansel, and thus didn’t hold any importance to him. It was a fascinating perspective, and one that they portrayed astonishingly well.
Folklords #1 was an interesting start to what is sure to be a fascinating and memorable miniseries. It has proven to be fast-paced and witty, pushing Ansel’s story to a nearly comical extreme. It will truly be interesting to see where this series goes, given how many issues it has left.
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