Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Skottie Young
Artwork: Skottie Young, Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Release Date: 16th December, 2015
[CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS]
Firstly, I have to say that the quality of this book has not dropped one jot over the course of the first 3 issues. It is still unrelentingly anarchic and irreverent. You can tell that Skottie Young is having an absolute blast throwing everything at the page. Even when Skottie has Gertrude doing nothing but lying on the turf unconscious, you’re still going to find the panels a hoot. Poor Larry, is all I can say.
This issue starts with Gertrude wiping out yet another storyteller, this time mistaking him for a zombie (I think I’m beginning to see a theme here). Meanwhile, Queen Cloudia is desperate to end the menace that is Gert, and thinks that she has found a sure fire way that she can get rid of our “heroi”… protagonist (I couldn’t bring myself to finish the word heroine) once and for all. So Cloudia brings in a new kid Happy to fulfil the prophecy that should have only taken Gertrude one day to complete – rather than the 27 years she’s been “funning it up in” Fairyland. Happy is as happy does as Happy is her name-o, and in no time at all Happy shows Gertrude that the new kid on the block should not be messed with.
Has Gertrude met her match? It certainly seems so. Just wait until you see the final panel… ooofft!
As I said at the beginning, I Hate Fairyland has been a quality book so far, and one of its strengths has been that there have been the plethora of new yet familiar things that Skottie Young has thrown at us. To be honest, there are so many fairy tales out there that can be subverted in I Hate Fairyland that I think we’re all going to be entertained for some time to come.
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The writer of this piece was: John Wallace
John Tweets from @jmwdaredevil.