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"Hinterkind" (Vertigo) By Ian Edginton and Francesco Trifogli
For fans who love: "Fables," good urban fantasy, the novels of Charles DeLint
Any book that can successfully mash-up the dystopian future and contemporary urban fantasy genres is worthy of recognition, and while we're only a few issues in, "Hinterkind" is shaping up to be a fascinating exercise in expert world building. Writer Ian Edginton has created a reality where humanity struggles to eke out an existence in overgrown, ruined versions of modern cities while being hunted by mythological creatures come to life. The political dynamics between the tribes of creatures is fascinating, and the survival of the two main protagonists lost in the mythic wilderness is gripping, a testament to the creators' storytelling prowess. One would think the fairy tale genre would be getting tired, but the truth is, with totally original and exciting approaches like "Hinterkind," Vertigo continues to push the boundaries of graphic storytelling.