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 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 is the perfect series for those looking for something creative and different. The twists in this series have been carefully thought out. They’re not simply the inverted versions of classic tropes. That makes this a series worth checking out in my book.
Folklords #3 was full of surprising twists. But given that’s what this whole series is about, perhaps that isn’t 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 was told in a visual format. I was tempted to address that in the artwork section (and I probably will a bit there as well), but 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 was nonverbal.
The writing for this issue was clever. The twists were surprising…yet they also made sense. There were hints along the way to lead us to this point. It was very well done, especially if we take the nonstandard storytelling style into account as well.
On the whole, I enjoyed this issue. It was delightfully dark while also continuing with Ansel’s quest. I will be curious to see how far he gets. And what the outcome will be regarding the other elements that Kindt has been building up.
The art in Folklords #3 is something to be appreciated. I mentioned above that a lot of the storytelling in this issue was 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 was 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 was 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 was less writing than normal in this issue, there’s no doubt that Campbell excelled in what was provided.
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 and darker elements, has made this a series to follow. And I, for one, am looking forward to seeing where it goes.
This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.
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