What’s up out there comic fans? This is Aaron with another weekly comic book review. This week we have a new title out of BOOM! Studios called Folklords. I was initially drawn to this book because I thought it was gonna be an “Isekai” type comic book. For those that don’t read a lot of manga the “Isekai” genre usually involves a character being transported or reincarnated in another world. After reading the book though, this was not the case, but what the story is actually about is interesting even without the “other world” mechanic. Let’s talk about it in the review. Ready? Go!
Folklords follows the quest of the character Ansel. In Ansel’s village, when you reach 18 years old, you are expected to go out on a quest of your choosing. Most will come up with a focus of their quest on their own, but there have been exceptions of “forced quests” in the past. Ansel has decided that he wants to find the “Folklords” as his quest. The problem is, the Folklords don’t exist, and anyone who brings them up are arrested or killed. Still Ansel is determined. He has been receiving visions and dreams about another world, filled with giant towns and horseless carriages. He believes that Folklords will have the answer to his questions. Well that’s it. I just told you basically the entire plot of the first book. There are some other tiny details, but this was pretty much it. So what did it all mean?
I feel very neutral about this book. I’m not sure how long this series will be, but this issue was the setup for the whole story. The story itself is a bit cliche, but the book did a good job of not giving you to much. I really don’t have a clue about what adventures await our characters and that gets me anticipating the next issue. There wasn’t a great deal of character development in this issue, so I can’t talk about that. I can’t talk about the world to much because they didn’t get into that. Can you see why I feel very neutral about this? The art itself isn’t particularly spectacular. It looks similar to a lot of the books I’ve been reading lately. Maybe it’s a BOOM! thing?
Unfortunately for all the readers out there, I don’t have much to say about this book. It was a good setup for what could be a fun story. Hopefully that art gets a bit more vibrant as the story progresses. I will probably continue this book myself for the next couple issues to see where things go. If you’re a fan of dwarves, trolls, elves, or any of the old folktales, you’ll like this one. But, the story might be a little slow going based on this book. If you are interested in this title, or any of the other books that came out this week, stop by your local comic shop and check them out. Peace!