I Hate Fairlyland 3
The faun of the dead are soon returned to just being dead, but just to make sure they don't undead again, the village is set on fire.
Just to be sure, not to look cool or anything.
Cloudia, takes this quite well, with incredulous murderous intention that is and she decides to go to extreme measures. Invoke the council !
Said council agrees to do the unthinkable !!
No, not that !
Invite another child in to Fairyland !
Which will lift the invocation that makes Gertrude invincible and turns her in to a resident.
And residents can be hurt and killed.
Meanwhile Gertrude falls down a ravine, lies in a coma for a year. While Larry builds a house, raises a family and gets divorced before Gertrude wakes up in time to come face to face with the new child !
Things go downhill from there.
Artist\writer : Skottie Young
Colors : Jean Francious Beaulieu
Letters : Nate Piekos
Notes : I have the Fuck Fairyland cover again.
Oh, fluffing hell, look who is back Gertrude and Larry !
Issue 3 is here !
And as usual, I have the Fuck Fairyland, variation cover.
I might as well call this series, Fuck Fairyland, now. ( Apparently the series was supposed to be called Fuck Fairyland. But that might have been a bit too crude, ..then again knowing this series. )
We begin as we usually do with this series, with scenes of unimaginable violence off screen and a narrator getting killed in the conflagration.
Unfortunately, this is the third time we only get to see the fallout of a huge fight with everything being dead
The cliffhanger of issue 2 lied to us !
But after that and the maiming and killing of yet another innocent narrator, the story actually gets moving again !
Even Cloudia can't really believe Gertrude got away ...again.
So higher powers are invoked.
A convergence of the council !!!!!
Which take place in a talking tree, with a rather uppity and high opinion of it self who only allows Cloudia to meet the council, whence the password has been spaketh !
It's pizza btw.
The tree it self, can't help but remind me of the great Deku tree, from The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time. Which is probably what Young was going for anyway.
Anyway, after entering the great and bombastic Barque, we see the council !
Who are a bunch of weirdo's and losers and the flying pig or maybe a brother from the one whom we saw earlier in issue 1.
We also get an explanation why Gertrude is invicbrue ! ..err invincible.
She is a guest.
And no guest shall be harmed, ( outright ) in Fairyland.
So Cloudia proposes to do something about this, by inviting another child in to Fairyland.
What's really amazing is that it took them TWENTY SEVEN YEARS !!! to think this up.
But then again, it is taking Gertrude, TWENTY SEVEN YEARS as well to find the damn key, so it all balances out.
This may explain what happens after this sequence, where Gertrude falls of a tree bridge and lies there for upward of a year !
The sequence that follows is either brilliant or lazy padding.
8 pages of two vertical panels, which show the same image of Gertrude lying out cold, possibly even more brain damaged.
While the passage of time is shown with Larry building a house in the background, raising a family.
Getting divorced, setting fire tot he house and getting righteously drunk.
Before Gertrude wakes up when she hears obnoxious saccharine singing.
Gertrude also for some reason grows a fetching green beard.
Nor am I sure if this is a brilliant way to show that at least a whole year has passed and to show Larry's laiz a faiz attitude towards Gertrude.
IE, he cares about her to a degree, but not too much.
Or if its just laziness by Skottie Young and just there to set up a lame punch line, when Gertrude wakes up.
The passage does eat up 8 pages of the generous 28 page count.
And then we get a new character
Happy the new child and she waltzes right in to Gertrude !
It's been just a day and she is already on her way to finding the key.
...Gertrude responds to this as well as can be expected and gets a rainbow beam of death to the face.
I already want to strangle Happy. She is overly happy, bubbly and annoying. I am sure that was the point and that she is meant to be overly annoying .
( Her design is also vaguely rabbit like and I don't like rabbits, cartoon or otherwise. )
As such she fits PERFECTLY in Fairyland.
Unlike Gertrude, who was the odd one out from the word go.
It's a bit suspect that Happy has so little difficulty in finding the key.
Either Gertrude is really bad at map reading.
She had gotten almost zero help.
Or Fairyland is conspiring against her and giving Happy a bit too much help in locating the key.
I think that is much more likely.
The ending is .....oh.
Well I didn't see that one coming.
Gertrude looks very, very, very much dead (SPOILERS !!! ) and quite mangled too.
And that's how issue 3 ends !
So will Gertrude come out of this uhm ...alive ?
Will she get out of it at all ?
Well she better bloody do so, this mini is 5 issues long and I want to see Happy getting an axe to the face !
I hope Young will provide.
The ending is interesting, not just because Gertrude seemingly snuffs it.
But also the implications, does this mean that the enchantment that protected her from harm is lifted already ?
Or can one visitor harm another visitor ?
It will be interesting to see how Gertrude gets out of this one.
Hopefully she wont just show up alive and well at the start of issue 4
But we'll see when I get my hands on 4.
Issue 3 is more of the same of what we got so far in this series.
Delirious fun with a manic pace, as Gertrude runs roughshod through Wonderland again.
However this time around the story is actually advanced beyond general fairytale character mutilation. ( Which is still great fun, because most people will get fed up with the overly saccharine sensibilities of Wonderland analogues ) and we get some awnsers.
And well Gertrude apparently dies, so there is that.
How well will this series cope with a dead protagonist ?
I'm sure we will find out.