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Folklords #2

Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Matt Smith
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: December 18th, 2019

Folklords #2 continues the quest of Ansel, a boy who sees a magical world full of technology, suits, and cars. And he’s determined to prove his visions right.

 

Twisted Fairy Tales to Be Found in Folklords #2

Ansel has always had these strange visions of a world full of technology and other wonders. In Folklords #2, he’s moving forward in his quest to prove those visions right. But before he can do that, he must survive the trials of his own world.

Folklords is a delightful series that flips all of the tropes and expectations that come with a magical realm upon their heads. Here we have a teenager who sees visions of another world. But rather than seeing into a magical world, it’s the other way around. And all of the magical creatures think he’s a bit mad for going off on this quest.

Folklords #2 (BOOM Studios) cover A by Matt Smith
Folklords #2 (BOOM! Studios) cover A by Matt Smith

Thankfully, Ansel is not alone. Another villager, Archer, has decided to take up this very same quest. But the jury is still out on whether he’s going to end up being more of a help or a hindrance. But at least Ansel has some company?

Writing

Folklords #2 was a fascinating continuation of this tale. Ansel’s quest is a unique one, in that most of us have surely not seen this flipped perspective. It’s been interesting to see how the details are handled, and how far the boundaries of this concept can be pushed.

Matt Kindt has woven us a complex tale in this issue. On the one hand is Ansel’s quest, complicated by his companion, Archer. The backstory on this character (revealed in this issue) is alarming disturbing, and yet it also fits the fantasy theme quite beautifully.

Then there are the dangers that our characters come across here. If the series continues to twist all of these tales, it’s safe to say that this story will stay delightfully intriguing. The twists so far have been clever. Kindt has managed to successfully subvert expectations on more than one occasion, all while setting up for something larger.

Art

Folklords #2 is full of dark and foreboding artwork—the type of scenery you’d expect to find in a dark and magical forest. It was the perfect setting for this issue, for more than one reason. And the artistic team nailed the overall tone and feeling of it all.

Matt Smith was the lead artist for this issue, and thus all credit for the characters, their expressions, and much of their surroundings should go to him. Then there’s the coloring, which was the ideal mixture of dark and murky. Those colors were provided by Chris O’Halloran. Finally, Jim Campbell was the letterer. His work was pleasing, as always. Together, these three were the ideal support for this winding plot, one that is taking us on the most unexpected of journeys.

Conclusion

Folklords #2 had a lot of disturbing—yet fascinating—undertones. And it’s impossible not to be intrigued by what is unfolding right in front of us. Ansel’s quest was one that sounded interesting right from the start. But it’s the twists and turns that are keeping this tale interesting. And I, for one, am looking forward to seeing how this latest twist concludes.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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