Released this week from BOOM! Studios is the fourth issue of The Storyteller series. The nice thing about this title is that each issue stands alone. If this is the first time you have seen this comic, anyone can pick it up at any time. This issue is one of the best stories I’ve read in awhile. This week we review The Storyteller 4: Ghosts.
The Storyteller 4: A Tale Begins
One of my favorite movies of this show when it aired was always the introduction. It always starts with the storyteller and his dog. The late John Hurt played the narrator, and as I begin reading this issue I cannot help but hear his unique voice when I read the opening pages. His unique voice and inflections lend such a power to the storyteller, and the art team here captures it wonderfully.
Of course a tale entitled ‘Ghosts’ will involve ghosts, and as this issue delves into the story, we follow an old lady in the middle of nowhere with only a lantern. demons and darkness stalk her, but as long as she has the light of her lamp she remains safe.
The Storyteller 4: The Artwork Tells the Story
The cover of this issue comes off creepy enough. A dead, demonic being stands behind and old woman who also looks aged and weary.The design of the demon looks spooky and at the same time radiates power. There is a relationship between the woman and the demon, so I hope that alone intrigues readers to pick up the issue.
Once inside the pages, the artwork does an amazing job continuing and telling the story. There is little dialog in the beginning other than the Narrator’s voice over, but even that is not needed. This story could very easily dumped all its dialog and used the artwork to tell the story. Very little would be lost because the artwork is that good.
A Storyteller 4: A Tale For the Ages
The old woman wanders the vast hills alone, save the ghosts and spirits that track her just outside of light’s touch. we do not know where she needs to go until we see a house on a far hill. It is here that the story becomes timeless. I will not spoil what happens next, but the tale takes a turn I did not expect. In the process it tells an absolutely wonderful tale.
You know those events early on in books and movies where something meaningless happens and you think little of it, but then by the end of the story that irrelevant happening becomes a central key to the story’s ending? The ending brings the tale full circle back to the Storyteller when he began it. This truly is a Henson worthy tale everyone should read.