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Underrated: Folklords

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet-pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Folklords.


I had been meaning to read Folklords when it first came out for two reasons; the cover looked really interesting, and it was written by Matt Kindt, but I was never able to find the first issue in shops. By the time the third issue hit the shelves, I knew that it would be easier to just wait until the trade hit the shelves, which is exactly what I did. Of course, the pandemic kinda delayed that plan a little (maybe – it certainly feels like everything has been delayed because of the months-that-felt-like-years).

Folklords was originally published by Boom Studios from November until March 2020, with Kindt being joined by artist Matt Smith, colourist Chris O’Halloran and letterer Jim Campbell. The follows Ansel on his quest for the eponymous Folklords. He’s an outsider in his village because of his visions of a world with buildings as tall as mountains, flying ships and horseless carriages. His visions have inspired him to recreate the objects he’s seen such as fire lighters and a time telling device worn on his wrist, and his questing outfit is inspired by the clothing he sees the residents of these magical places wear.

Yup, Ansel is having visions of our world.

On it’s surface, this is a story about discovering who you are, which is literally the motivation for the young people in the village to undertake their quests around their 18th birthday. Writing that shortly after watching Frozen 2 again has now firmly put Show Yourself into my internal record player, but that’s not the end of the world (for me, anyway). But I digress; just because the surface level of the story is about finding who you are (and it’s a good tale, too), doesn’t mean that Kindt hasn’t peppered the five issues in the Folklords collection with more subtle questions and answers around the suppression of information and the willingness to give in to personal bias.

Folklords is a book that’s easy to read and, pardon the cliche, hard to put down.

The imagery is gorgeous, colourful and very fitting for the fantasy world that has been created in this book. Smith and O’Halloran also inject more than a little physical comedy into the proceedings, complimenting Kindt’s more humorous moments within the script.

Despite this being a relatively recent release, I wanted to feature it this week because with the series coming out so close to the day North America shut down, I figured that a lot of people had missed talking about the series in their shops or hadn’t seen the covers on the shelf, making it easy to overlook. Folklords is a fun story with a lot of depth – and it’s certainly an underrated gem of a book that you need on your shelf.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Folklords

Folklords

(W) Matt Kindt (A) Matt Kindt (CA) Matt Smith
In Shops: Jul 22, 2020
SRP: $17.99

Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt (Grass Kings, Black Badge) teams with acclaimed artist Matt Smith (Barbarian Lord, Hellboy & The BPRD) for an adventure that blurs the line between fantasy and reality. In a world of magic and monsters, Ansel is an outsider haunted by visions of well-pressed suits and modern technology. When it comes time for him to declare his Quest, Ansel decides to seek out the mysterious Folklords, hoping they can explain his visions…but looking for the Folklords is strictly forbidden, punishable by death. How much is Ansel willing to risk to find out about the world he has never truly belonged in?

Collects Folklords #1-5.

Folklords

Preview: Folklords

Folklords

(W) Matt Kindt (A) Matt Kindt (CA) Matt Smith
In Shops: Jul 22, 2020
SRP: $17.99

Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt (Grass Kings, Black Badge) teams with acclaimed artist Matt Smith (Barbarian Lord, Hellboy & The BPRD) for an adventure that blurs the line between fantasy and reality. In a world of magic and monsters, Ansel is an outsider haunted by visions of well-pressed suits and modern technology. When it comes time for him to declare his Quest, Ansel decides to seek out the mysterious Folklords, hoping they can explain his visions…but looking for the Folklords is strictly forbidden, punishable by death. How much is Ansel willing to risk to find out about the world he has never truly belonged in?

Collects Folklords #1-5.

Folklords

Preview: Folklords #5

Folklords #5

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Matt Smith
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
    Main Cover: Matt Smith
    Unlocked Retailer Variant: Jeff Smith
Price: $3.99

Ansel and his motley crew converge on the Library of Banned Books, and finally come face to face with a Folklord—but are any of them ready for this encounter, and what it will mean for their entire world?

Folklords #5

Your First Look at Matt Kindt and Matt Smith’s Folklords #5

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Folklords #5, the final issue of an all-new original five-issue series from Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt, acclaimed artist Matt Smith, colorist Chris O’Halloran, and letterer Jim Campbell, about a young man whose forbidden quest reveals the shocking truth about his world and turns everything he ever knew upside down, available on March 25, 2020.

Ansel and his motley crew converge on the Library of Banned Books, and finally come face to face with a Folklord—but are any of them ready for this encounter, and what it will mean for the future of their entire world?

Folklords #5 features main cover art by series artist Smith as well as variant cover art by Jeff Smith, creator of the bestselling worldwide phenomenon, Bone.

Folklords #5

Preview: Folklords #4

Folklords #4

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Matt Smith
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Matt Smith
Price: $3.99

Ansel and his new ally Ugly begin to make their way to the Library Branch of Banned Books—and one step closer to the Folklords. But the Library is full of twists and turns they’ll never expect…and the closer they get, the harder it is for them to pin down where Ansel’s story is going to end…

Folklords #4

Your First Look at Matt Kindt and Matt Smith’s Folklords #4

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Folklords #4, the latest issue of an all-new original five-issue series from Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt, acclaimed artist Matt Smith, colorist Chris O’Halloran, and letterer Jim Campbell, about a young man whose forbidden quest reveals the shocking truth about his world and turns everything he ever knew upside down, available in February 26, 2020.

Ansel and his new ally Ugly begin to make their way to the Branch Library of Banned Books—and one step closer to the Folklords. But the Library is full of twists and turns they’ll never expect… and the closer they get, the harder it is for them to pin down where Ansel’s story is going to end…

Folklords #4 features main cover art by Matt Smith and a variant cover art by David Rubín.

Folklords #4

Preview: Folklords #3

Folklords #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Matt Smith
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: 
      Main Cover: Matt Smith
      Unlocked Retailer Variant Cover: Dustin Nguyen
Price: $3.99

Outside of the village, life is no fairy tale—and Ansel has learned this the hard way. Betrayed by one of his traveling companions, Ansel finds himself at the mercy of Hanz and Greta. He needs to escape before the worst happens, but the siblings have a story for him, and the truth is more gruesome than he could have imagined.

Folklords #3

Your First Look at Matt Kindt and Matt Smith’s Folklords #3

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Folklords #3, the latest issue of an all-new original five-issue series from Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt, acclaimed artist Matt Smith, colorist Chris O’Halloran, and letterer Jim Campbell about a young man whose forbidden quest reveals the shocking truth about his world and turns everything he ever knew upside down, available in January 22, 2020.

Outside of the village, life is no fairy tale—and Ansel has learned this the hard way. When  his traveling companions disappear into thin air, Ansel finds himself at the mercy of Hanz and Greta. He needs to escape before the worst happens, but the siblings have a story for him, and the truth is more gruesome than he could ever have imagined. 

Folklords #3 features main cover art by Matt Smith and variant cover art by Dustin Nguyen.

Folklords #3

Preview: Folklords #2

Folklords #2

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Matt Smith
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:  Matt Smith
Price: $3.99

Against the order of his village, Ansel strikes out to find the Folklords, the only beings that can explain his visions of another world. But the forest is even more dark and terrible than he was told, and Ansel meets two very different women who will change his life—one way or another—forever.

Folklords #2
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