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Folklords #3

Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Matt Smith
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: January 22nd, 2020

Folklords #3 takes another classic fairy tale and flips it on its head, all in the name of Ansel’s journey.

 

A Twisted Tale To Be Discovered in Folklords #3

Folklords has been a fun and twisted version of classic fairy tales. And Folklords #3 pushes that even further, merging in classic childhood stories into something much darker and stranger. And to think, it all started with one boy’s quest.

Ansel has always had these visions of another world. The twist is that he is a boy living in what we would consider a fairyland. While seeing into a world full of technology and the mundane. Ansel hopes to prove that this world he sees exists. So this is not your ordinary quest, not by a long shot.

Folklords #3 (BOOM! Studios) main cover by Matt Smith
Folklords #3 (BOOM! Studios) main cover by Matt Smith

Folklords is the perfect series for those looking for something creative and different. The twists in the story have been carefully thought out. They’re not simply the inverted versions of classic tropes. That makes this a comic worth checking out, in my book.

Writing

Folklords #3 is full of surprising twists. But given that’s what this whole series is about, perhaps that isn’t actually all that surprising. It is an entertaining read, with Matt Kindt taking the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel and turning it into something much darker – which is saying something, given the original story.

A lot of this story is actually told in a visual format. I am tempted to address that in the artwork section (and I probably will a bit there as well), but really a lot of credit still has to go to Kindt for that. After all, he likely came up with how the story should be told, even if a lot of it is nonverbal.

The writing for this issue is clever. The twists are surprising… yet they also made sense. There are hints along the way to lead us to this point, breadcrumbs, if you will. It is very well done. Especially if we take the nonstandard storytelling style into account, as well.

On the whole, I really enjoyed this issue. It is delightfully dark, while also continuing on with Ansel’s quest. I will be curious to see how far he gets. And what the outcome will be in regards to the other elements that Kindt has been building up.

Art

The art in Folklords #3 is something to be appreciated. I mentioned above that a lot of the storytelling in this issue is visual, and I meant that. The artists certainly deserve a lot of credit for that, as they did a lot of the heavy lifting here.

There is this fine balance between subtle storytelling and intentionally graphic or disquieting imagery. I feel like the artistic team nailed that balance and ended up taking this plot to a whole new level because of it.

Matt Smith is the lead artist for this issue, with Chris O’Halloran providing the colors. Together they created something noteworthy here. Finally, there’s the letterer, Jim Campbell. While there is less writing than normal in this issue, there’s no doubt that Campbell excelled in what is provided.

Conclusion

Folklords #3 fully invested me back into this dark and twisted series. Where before I had merely been curious, now I sincerely can’t wait to see what happens next. The creative storytelling style alongside the darker elements has made this a series to follow. And I for one am looking forward to seeing where it goes.


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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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