I HATE FAIRYLAND #5 Review - Warped Factor - Words in the Key of Geek.

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Gail Williams is happy...

So, Happy, Happy, Happy…

And if the capitals don’t explain it, issue 5 of I Hate Fairyland sees us jump into Fairyland to encounter the sweet, darling, so-cute-you-just-wish-someone-would-eat-her, Happy as she continues her quest to find the key to the door that lets her back out of Fairyland. I have to say, I’m with Gert on this one, someone kill the kid before we all end up with sugar overdose.

However, Happy has done what Gertrude never could - she has found The Key!

Oh Happy day. Queen Cloudia and all the dignitaries are gathered under the bright grinning sun to see Happy open the door and return home. And of course none of that is anything to do with the fact that the second Happy opens that door, Gertrude becomes a resident of Fairyland and fair game for slaying. The narrator - that unhappy lot in this series - is the golden sun this time and when he dissembles from the Happy tale, Queen Cloudia, crackling with anger (and lightning) orders him to get on with the required Happy ending.

Then there is a rumble beneath their feet and up pops a fire-breathing dragon (all purple and green and angry eyes - so cute!). Oh and its goodbye narrator time again. Happy’s not so happy to be covered in gross red gore and Cloudia is teeth-grittingly angry.

And on the back of the purple dragon rides Gertrude. “What’s up, Muffin Fluffers?!” (And yes, for anyone I’ve ever edited, typing two sentence stoppers was painful, but it’s a direct quote)

Finally we have a showdown between Happy and Gertrude. Only good Queen Cloudia is there demanding to know how Gertrude got her new (and rather awesome) powers, so she tells her and we get a flash back to where we left Gertrude last issue, in the Dungeon of Darketh Deaddeath. And what a whomping great time of a flashback it is too. Gertrude has to fight all the bosses and “Each boss was more evil and more bossier than the last”. And apparently Gertrude killed the ‘plush’ out of each and every one. Finally she faces Darketh Deaddeath who finds her to be “Like the daughter I never had”.

But Gertie isn’t getting it all her own way, Happy fights back, with sunflowers, teddy bears and unicorns. [Spew!] Gertie eats them all up, cracks open the ground and Happy falls to her doom. Overwhelmed with joy, Gertrude clutches the key and opens the door, but Queen Cloudia just has to get that last quip in (stupid woman). Larry, poor Larry, he tries his best, but Gertrude is in a snit and she’s got all of Darketh Deaddeath’s powers. Cloudia says she wanted more death in Gertrude’s departure, so against Larry’s advice, Gertrude turns and vaporises Queen Cloudia. Gertrude turns to the door and SLAM it closes in her face, the key gone.

See there are rules even in Fairyland, so whoever kills the King or Queen, must take up the crown and so…

Gertrude is now Queen of Fluffing Fairyland.

I was grinning through the read of this whole issue. I LOVED IT! And I wasn’t expecting the ending, sorry for giving it away here, but the comics been out long enough for most people to have known the ending - except me I never read reviews of comic series I’m actually reading. The good news is that while this is the end of this story arc, it seems Skottie Young (the writer and artist) has more ideas and hopefully Fairyland and the Queen of Loathing will be back to tickle our funny-bones again in the (hopefully) not too distant future. Four out of five.

Gail Williams lives in her own private dungeon populated with all the weird and the wonderful she can imagine. Some of it’s very weird, and the odd bits and pieces are a bit wonderful. Well okay, she lives in Swansea with her husband and daughter. And the world’s most demanding cat. To find out more about Gail, check out www.gailbwilliams.co.uk - Dare you!

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