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Folklords #4

Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Matt Smith
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: February 26th, 2020

Folklords #4 turns subtext into text, all while questioning the rules of Ansel’s world, and of fairytales themselves.

 

Folklords #4 Revisits Once Upon a Time

Folklords is a series that has been storming its way through classic fairytales and twisting them at each and every turn. Now it is time to address the whole concept of “once upon a time” in Folklords #4.

Ansel has set out on a quest. That, actually, is pretty normal for the kids in his village. The difference for him is that the quest he’s chosen is forbidden…but it compels him beyond the point of caring. So he’s determined to find the truth of his visions, regardless of the danger or the cost.

Folklords #4 (BOOM! Studios) cover by Matt Smith
Folklords #4 (BOOM! Studios) cover by Matt Smith

This quest has been a revelation, both literally and figuratively. The outcome and journey, thus far, have not been at all what Ansel expected. Or the readers, for that matter. But that just makes it all the more interesting.

Writing

Matt Kindt has laid out a fascinating story over the course of Folklords. That being said, Folklords #4 is arguably the most interesting of the series. It blends so many elements together into something intriguing and thought-provoking.

Honestly, there are so many elements included in this one issue, both in terms of visuals and writing. That makes it an issue worth reading several times, as you’re likely to pick up something new each time around. I know that it was the case for me.

Where the last few issues tackled one fairytale theme or specific story, it felt more like the fourth issue was trying to get to the core of the legends themselves. It’s a fascinating take on the matter, and one that will really make you stop and think.

As with the previous issues, Folklords #4 has a very strong visual element. By that, I mean that much of the story is actually told through the artwork itself. It just shows how well this creative team worked together, in order to weave so much together.

Art

Folklords #4 features some stunning and strikingly complex artwork. Given everything I said above, that probably isn’t too much of a surprise. It is, however, still quite impressive. The whole issue is a feast for the eyes, with plenty of little details to be noticed. There’s one set of scenes, in particular, that is really noteworthy. Each one really only lasts between a panel and a page, but the variety and subtlety are quite impressive, as is how easy it is to identify the influences—despite all of the changes thrown into the mix.

Matt Smith was the lead artist for this project, so you can thank him for the inclusion of all those fine details and so much more. His portrayal of Ugly’s story, in particular, was well done, but perhaps not for the reason you might expect.

Chris O’Halloran is the colorist, and he also did a phenomenal job. His use of colors really set the tone, evoking not just emotions but a sense of time. It’s through the color palette, more than anything, that you can immediately tell that this is a different world.

Finally, Jim Campbell was the letterer, and you’ll not be surprised to hear his work was brilliant. I wasn’t surprised, at any rate. There was perhaps more text in this issue, and he did an excellent job laying out the story for us readers.

Conclusion

Folklords #4 continues the trend of twisting and warping fairytales. Yet it’s still a surprising read, one that merges well with the core of the plot. This issue is arguably the most thought-provoking issue of the series thus far, and that will certainly make it a memorable one.

It’s hard to believe that this series has only one issue left. Yet, at the same time, that feels right. We’ve come such a long way in such a short time, and I have no doubt that Ansel’s quest will result in knowledge for all.


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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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