Matt Smith (Lake of Fire, Barbarian Lord) reimagines the ‘The Elf Queen and the Shepherd,’ a tale of elven fairies in Iceland. When a Fairy Princess is cursed to the human realm and cursed to bring death with her, Grettir the Strong must discover the source of the trouble and break her curse.
What I First Thought:
So I wasn’t the one to pick this comic out. Actually, my sweet and loving boyfriend bought it for me when he went to the comic book store. I couldn’t go because I wasn’t feeling up to it, so he surprised me by bringing this one home with him. He said that he thought that I might like it and that I should give it a try, so I did!
I really enjoyed the art for this issue because it really went well with the story and the region it hails from. The coloring in this story is what I think I liked the best. The shades and hues matched the various moods of the story was it was told. The human lands where a bit dull and muted for the most part, while the faerie lands had more variety of color and richness. Basically, the coloring really helped to create the mood, feel, and magic for the story as it was told.
For a story being told in a single issue, I feel like Matt Smith did a wonderful job of shaping his characters in so few pages. Each character was unique in design and personality, so even if you had a hard time with the names you wouldn’t mix them up anyways! The narration was fantastic; it had a personality that really helped with getting acquainted with the storyteller without taking away from the tale. The ending is a little open, but not as much as other stories that I’ve read. By the end, you know how each of the characters fair without feeling cheated, at least I didn’t.
If you’re a fan of retold stories from around the world you might really enjoy this one, especially if you have a love of faeries! I can’t wait to see what other stories will be told in the coming issues.
Title: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Fairies
Creator: Jim Henson
Writer: Matt Smith
Illustrator: Matt Smith
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Jim Campbell
Released Date: December 20th, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Fairytale retelling