Title: Farlaine In The Vaultlands
Written and Drawn by Pug Grumble
Publisher: Studio Farlaine
Release Date: 5/31/17
The land of Farlaine is an intriguing and whimsical place that is full of different lands from salt, twist, and tinks. Farlaine the Goblin accompanied by the Tink Drowsy and tree Ehrenwort. In Book 5, Farlaine In The Vaultlands, Farlaine enters the Vaultlands in the continued search of his forest. There is one problem does the land entirely made out of vaults have any?
As previously mentioned Farlaine and company enter the Vaultlands after a grueling trek through the Twistlands and Ehrenwort is looking worse for wear. Entering the next land the group uses their remaining salt to purchase a locker which is inhabited by Squatters. Meeting a locked out wanderer the group is guided further into the rest of the vault which gets more elaborate further in featuring notable residents of Ritchie Rich and Scrouge McDuck. They enter an old vault that contains the only grass in the Vaultlands and encounter a creature that is eons old fascinated by curiosity. In the end, Farlaine is able to escape from the monster and give the wanderer a master key to let her into her vault.
As a first time reader, I believe it is easy for new readers to jump aboard the series which is surprising being 4 pages in. That being said there are some parts that pointed to past books and the overlying plot leading for long time readers not to feel alienated. The pacing of Farlaine In The Vaultlands is its biggest strength as it easily flows from readers from page 1 to page 48. The humor is a nice surprise as it leads to an interesting dialogue between characters which helps ease the flow of pace.
The art is in black and white style in a fashion that is common of indie releases. However, Farlaine In The Vaultlands is nothing typical as it creates an intriguing fantasy landscape with each land being unique. The Vaultlands contains references that make the readers look into the background. Grumble uses thin lining that leads to intricate detailing which might be the greatest aspect on the art side.
After a long wait, Farlaine In The Vaultlands does not disappoint as it is a well-paced fantasy read. The art takes a step above the typical indie styling using intricate detail to showcase the world of Farlaine.