I Hate Fairyland 2
Writer\artist Skottie Young
Colors : Jean Francois Beaulieu
Letterer : Nate Piekos
Gertrude has gotten away from the huntsman at the end of issue 1, ( I'm sure nobody is surprised there ) while trying to drown her sorrows and pickup frog princes and toting around a decapitated head.
Frog princes are apparently put off by decapitated heads.
Gertrude wishes she could be normal for one day and her wish is granted by wishing ale.
It's not what Gertrude had hoped for.
Cloudia takes the news that Gertrude has gotten away without a scratch and absconded with the huntman's head, as well as can be expected and decides to raise the stakes.
By employing her horrible sister, the horrible witch Horribella to kill Gertrude.
Horribella surmises that Gertrude's path, which takes her through the giggle giants and she will end up in faun valley.
Things as usual go downhill from there, as Gertrude and Larry are accosted by a horde of faun of the dead.
It's still Alice In Wonderland on acid.
Food in Fairyland is apparently sugar with sugar, and more sugar.
Diabetic tumors may occur
Decapitated huntsmen heads, can not be used to pick up frog princes.
Horribella is a witches witch, a proper mein eyes the goggles do nothing !!, witch.
And we continue to follow Gertrude and Larry on their merry maiming way.
Sadly we don't get to see how Gertrude deals with the huntsman, but it wasn't much of a cliffhanger to begin with, since it was the first fluffing issue and Gertrude is so far indestructible.
Now if this is because she is indestructible, because of plot contrivance, ( IE the protagonist always wins. ) If its a plot point or she is actually indestructible in Fairyland. I have no idea, but on the whole Gertrude seems to be able to take down impressive opponents with impunity.
Which the hilariously wrong spread in this issue shows including a clearly shell shocked rising sun, who has lost it's sunny disposition. ...wait.
Unfortunally so far we don't really get to see Gertrude taking these impossible antagonists, down unless chomping on shrooms counts.
While an indestructible protagonist can be boring, half if not most of the fun is seeing a foul mouthed angry, Alice Liddel analogue tear a bloody swath through a saccharine fairytale world.
We all get fed up with the over the top syrupy saccharine overtones of certain stories, at times.
I mean I'm not the only one that gets fed up with Disney or Nintendo antics, right ?
..Fluff my life.
By the way remember what I said that Fairyland induces diabetes ? Apparently Young was thinking along the same lines, because Gertrude briefly turns in to a gob dinged diabetes tumor monster that doesn't look like Tetsuo from Akira at all !!! * After drinking special wish beer, served by a polka dotted care bear of all things.
But she gets better.
Speaking of Carebears, Cloudia the disgruntled ruler of Fairyland per her name lives in something that looks like it belongs in the Carebears, but then again so does she.
Via her we are introduced to the evil with Horribella, who does look horrible and ticks all the prerequisites of evil witches.
And in true Wizard of Oz style, she is green.
And probably Cloudia's sister, because these kind of characters always are.
I have no idea what Horribella was about to drop in her cauldron, just as Cloudia called her.
But I want to see it get dropped in there.
Horribella sets in motion the faun of the dead part of the comic.
And another cliffhanger and this time, Gertrude might actually be in danger !
Might being keyword.
As she and Larry are about to be overrun by a veritable horde of faun of the dead.
It also shows just how damaged Gertrude is after 27 years of questing for her key. Because she appears to give no fluffing fluff about a brain lying in the road with a bite out of it. ( Don't worry in context of the comic it all makes sense. )
Issue 2 is still as deliriously funny as issue 1, especially because Gertrude is still as hostile violent and unlikable as before.
However there is a little niggle I am wondering about, especially when she goes on about what's so great about her world. IE the real world, in her quest for the key ! Yes, that key.
What exactly does she plan to do when she gets back home ?
She has aged 27 years, so it's reasonable to assume that 27 years have passed in the real world too, ..well as reasonable as anything in this comic.
And if so what exactly does she expect to do then ?
And if it hasn't, Gertrude has changed, she has mentally aged for 27 years.
This is off course assuming Gertrude ever gets back, which I don't expect her too.
And probably thinking a bit too deep about this comic, which really doesn't invite such ruminations.
Issue 2 also feels much like an issue of two halves and it seems to go by much faster, as it shifts gears several times.
It's a ridiculously funny gory destructive romp through fairytales, just as the previous issue.
And like the previous issue highly recommended.
In other words, read the fluffing thing.
Oh and hey, the narrator moon is back too but, he is only half the moon he used to be.