Eisner-nominated writer Matt Kindt (Grass Kings, Black Badge) and acclaimed artist Matt Smith (Hellboy & the BPRD: Long Night at Goloski) will team up for a five issue series launching in November. Folklords follows a young man on a forbidden quest through a world of magic and monsters.
According to the press release from BOOM! Studios, Folklords follows Ansel, “an outsider haunted by visions of well-pressed suits and modern technology. When it comes time for him to declare his Quest on his 16th birthday, Ansel decides to seek out a legend that is only spoken in hushed whispers—the Folklords—hoping they can explain his visions…but looking for the Folklords is expressly forbidden and going on a rogue quest is punishable by death. What will Ansel risk to find out about the world he has never truly belonged in?”
Kindt said in a statement, “Ideas usually sneak up on you. But this one came in a flash. As soon as my plucky editor, Eric, said the word ‘FOLKLORDS’, I had an image of this teenage kid in a black suit and tie…walking through a small folk tale-style village full of gnomes, witches, and trolls. It looked jarring, seeing that kid there. He was completely out of place. What’s this kid wearing a suit for? Is he living in a fairy tale? Why is he there?”
“I’m not sure why the word triggered that image in my head but I didn’t question it,” he continued. “The question I did have? Who the heck are the FOLKLORDS? This kid…in this suit and tie…who doesn’t seem to belong? He’s going to find out.”
Smith added, “Getting to work with Matt Kindt again was something I couldn’t pass up. He brings a depth and thoughtfulness to the characters that makes me want to invest in them. That’s what I look for in a script. Well, that and a great story to put those characters in. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that there are armored librarians, psychotic killers, angry gnomes, and a big ol’ troll, too. Ok, forget all that stuff about depth and whatever, it’s about the troll.”
Folklords debuts November 13, 2019. Check out cover art and character designs below.