Written by Matt Kindt
Illustrated by Matt Smith
Colored by Chris O’Halloran
Lettered by Jim Campbell
“I’m a reflection of the world. The quest is the lie they tell you to keep you occupied.”
In This Issue: Ansel and Ugly make their way to the Branch Library of Banned Books, intending to break in. On their way, they meet a lone Librarian—one who seems to know Ansel and why he’s there. Ugly and the Librarian tussle until Ansel puts a stop to it (with a homemade air horn,) and remembers where he’s seen this Librarian before—in his visions. The Librarian claims he’s there to help, though Ugly is skeptical, especially at Ansel’s over-eagerness to believe their newfound companion.
Nevertheless, they follow the Librarian into an underground passage, presumably leading to the branch library itself. Ansel questions their companion—his name is Sal Paradise—about his role in Ansel’s quest, among other things, and Sal claims to know as little as they do insofar as visions are concerned, but he does know that fighting the Librarians will take more than him, or one kid on a quest. Sal tried once, and was exiled. He needs help.
At least, that’s what he says before he disappears, leaving Ansel and Ugly in the Librarynth, a maze of rooms, each room representing a book. The place is bizarre, full of prisoners appearing to be drugged, playing the roles of the book characters.
One of them is Archer.
Elsewhere, the Librarians have discovered the entrance to the secret passage has been left open, and swarm into the building, presumably on their way to find the invaders.
And then, and then…
My Two Cents: Issue #4 of Folklords has turned up the heat in the plot department—it’s just a shame they didn’t a bit earlier. This issue moved at a decent clip and developed a deeper level of storytelling, giving the reader a more fleshed-out idea of the world in which the story takes place—a more solid understanding of the players in the game, so to speak. As always, art and story worked together to make this issue cohesive. It almost felt as if there was more art than usual packed into this issue which, considering the amount of information we were presented with, was immensely helpful. The overall tone of this issue was rather dark, and the color scheme reflected that throughout, which lent a nice ambiance to the reading experience.