Gail Williams rumbles her way through Fairyland.
Issue #8 of I Hate Fairyland sees Gertrude rumble her way through a Fairyland fighting tournament to get what she’s looking for.
We open with Gertrude and Duncan (the dragon) getting advice from the Candies. Oh, gotta love a tooth decayed soothsayer. Gertie then pays him with a new pair of eyes - eek.
Still they get the one up coin and head off through Grumpy Gusts, the Soda Sea, The Happy Dip Dunes and then they find the Tower of Battle - it’s a very Nineties arcade game. Then they go all Tron-ny and turn into little boxes to get into the game.
Re-materialising inside the box, Gertie goes manga-style. She’s actually oddly beautiful. If she’s to get out of Fairyland this way, she needs to get The Code from the fat cat big boss, who bets her battle wins against his getting the dragon.
The battles are brilliant! Just brilliant. Gertie beats all comers, then she has to face one last challenger, she arrives in a pumpkin coach - Purty Pretty Princess.
This issue was a real treat to read. Very much back to the vein of storytelling that got Gertie under our skin in the first place. Glam Bam is an absolute treat to behold, just the right level of vacuous stare. Their page of fist fighting for some reason reminded me of Battle of the Planets, but I loved that too, so all is fine there.
Last word on it - Poor Duncan.
Four out of five for this issue.
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!