Published on August 25th, 2014 | by Richard Boom
Review: Disenchanted TPB
Writer Si Spurrier´s project “Disenchanted,” is a webcomic about folklore, society, pixies, goblins, culture, tradition and magic. Published by Avatar, the series is distributed online for free, with collected editions in print.
Disenchanted is the story of Vermintown, the place owned by goblins and where faeries went into hiding. It is a complete huge city built in an abandoned tube station. A city with dozen races, magics and mentalities. A city of crimes (small and big), gang wars, police brutalities, old traditions, new traditions. A city where there are law-keepers and addicts, traditionalists and liberals, faeries content to work with goblins in charge, faeries that feel the need to revolt… it is a city like any other, perhaps.
Spurrier describes a metropolis in all its gritty glory, lost glory, dirty glory. He wants to show small dreams, big wonders, new transitions… and it works.
In reading the first story-arc collected in this TPB you will notice this might be more a crime noire then anything else. Do NOT compare this with Vertigo’s Fables (too big) or Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales (much more good vs evil) as every fable-inspired comparison falls short.
Spurrier’s new universe is huge, with many characters that have many layers and sentiments. It will take some getting used to before it will settle in, but if you like Crime Noir with a twist then this is surely something you will like.
Be warned there are NO cute pixies here, no adorable goblins. There is no time for cuddles here.
This is ‘real’…
Published June 2014 by Avatar.
Written by Simon Spurrier. Art and cover by German Erramouspe.
Softcover, 160 pages, full color. Mature Readers Cover price $19.99.