Review: Farlaine The Goblin #4

ftgFarlaine The Goblin #4, published by Studio Farlaine, is an all ages fairy tale comic that follows a goblin tree shaman by the name of Farlaine (pronounced Far-lin) and his companions, a robot named Tink and Farlaines’ friend Ehrenwort the tree as they travel the lands looking for a forest to call home, and after years of searching, there is only seven lands left for them to find a forest.

If they finish exploring the world without finding a forest, poor Ehrenwort will wither and die, and the loveable goblin Farlaine will wander the lands alone, forever.

Once you’ve read Farlaine, you’ll understand why that would be heartbreaking.

The fifty plus page comic is written and drawn by the same person who remains anonymous in order to keep the focus on the comic itself. Farlaine The Goblin #4 may be the fourth entry into the series, but as each entry thus far has been a self contained story, unless you want to read them all in order, there’s no need to start from the beginning in order to fall in love with the hapless goblin – I didn’t. If you do want to start from the beginning, though, there is a free pdf of the first issue available at Farlaine‘s website, here.

As has already been mentioned, Farlaine The Goblin is is an all ages comic book. But don’t be mistaken by assuming that means it is a comic primarily for younger readers; it’s not, Farlaine The Goblin is a comic that’s all ages because it can be enjoyed by anybody. The anonymous creator injects the story with humour and an excitingly fun and refreshing sense of adventure that includes riding mini-twisters like a skateboard or unicycle. Likewise, the quality of the dialogue between the characters took me back; I didn’t expect to be able to identify with, and understand the characters as quickly as I did. The character development here, especially with Farlaine is really quite something.

In conjunction with the writing, the artwork is a key component to both the superb characterization, and to the story; although the cover is in colour, the main comic is black and white. The art style is easily readable, and yet it’s far from simple. Our anonymous creator has a fantastic ability to render facial expression on the characters, indeed the close up shots of Farlaine‘s face in three panels on pages 10 and 11 of the comic are a personal highlight for me because of the emotion conveyed on the little fellow’s face.

Farlaine The Goblin #4 is, in all honesty, and without any exaggeration, probably the best comic I’ve read all week. The issue will be released to the racks on the 30th of September, and you can also order the previous issues online, here.

This was a joy to read, and I hope you check it out upon release. In the mean time, go read the free copy of issue #1.

Writer: Anonymous Artist: Anonymous
Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Studio Farlaine provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review.