Gertrude isn't dead !
Huge surprise I know.
Gertrude is having none of this second guest nonsense, and pulls the Queen of Fairyland herself through a mirror, to have a little friendly talk.
This goes as well as expected.
And after the little tete a tete, Gertrude puts two and two together.
And again, she will have none of that.
As Happy goes on with her quest to find the key of Fairyland, Gertrude set off to find one of the evil doom's of Fairyland.
And naturally she finds him, with a minimum off fuss.
Assuming you call trekking through the doomed forests,
Survive the bawling fields,
Scale the peaks of the snoring snotties
and out run the Boggle breath, to reach The Skull Island Of Mountain Doom Island* !
It's all very skully.
Inside Gertrude appears ever so humbly ..ahem before one of the evil dooms and asks him to grant her his power.
The dark lord ( no, not Sauron) agrees, but only if she proves her self.
To be continued.
Writer\artist : Skottie Young.
Colors : Jean Francois Beaulieu.
Letters : Nate Piekos.
Notes : * The island isn't actually named that, it's not named at all. I just thought it was fitting.
I hate fairyland is back ! Oh yes !
And it's a bloody ongoing ( or maxi series ) now !
That's a neat trick when the main character is dead isn't it ?
Oh, off course Gertrude isn't dead !
Let's find out how she undeads her self in I Hate Fairyland 4 shall we ?
Get back here !
As it turns out, she isn't really dead at all, just looking a tad scruffy.
Part of the fairyland spell that protects guests.
Normally I would find this a rip off and cop out, but for this series I don't mind too much, even if Young is pulling that trick a bit to often in these pages.
And Gertrude is getting healed a bit too easily.
Hopefully after the first arc is over, this will be changed up but we will have to adopt a wait and see approach for that.
Mostly because I don't have any of the new issues as of yet.
The majority of issue 4 is recapping the plot and the Queens eeeeeevil plot,
such as it is.
In the case of two guests, who ever reaches the key first will be returned to their world, while the other guest becomes a resident of Fairyland.
And, we all know where this is going don't we ?
Loses the protection spell.
Which is what Queenie is banking on, so she can finally kill Gertrude.
With extreme prejudice.
And extreme slowness no doubt.
Gertrude has her own ideas about this situation, most of which are probably unprintable.
Anyway as Happy is going on her quest of questness, which is going disconcertingly easy for her. ( Hmmm, is it rigged ? Probably ! )
Gertrude goes on a quest of her own.
To become the apprentice of Darekth Deaddeath ! The esident eeeeeeeeeeeeeevil, ..ahem of Fairyland.
We end with lord Deaddeath agreeing to lend his powers to Gertrude,
but only AFTER she proves her self.
Because isn't that the way it always goes ?
Well as far as, I Hate Fairyland goes, issue 4 is a bit off a disappointment.
Off course after the cliffhanger of 3 and the major tease of the cover i have, it cant be anything BUT disappointing.
It also is a bit of a holding pattern, telling us things we already know or repeating things.
As such it's a bit of a good mid way point or jumping on point.
But as part 4 of a 5 part storyline, it is somewhat disappointing.
The manic energy seems to be gone a bit.
Thats not to say its not a perfectly criomulent issue.
It is that, but there is nothing in issue 4 that couldn't be covered in issue 3, save for that cliffhanger and tease of a cover.
As it is, issues 3 and 4 could have been combined in to one issue.
And I Hate Fairyland would have been quite a taut little four parter.
There is stil the fairly amusing juxtaposition of Happy's rather easy going quest, through a wonderland proxy and all the twisted little parodies that come with wringing out fairy tale clichés.
And Gertrude's dark blood soaked fable parallels, or disgusting in the case of the snotties.
And lord Darkdeath is a fairly amusing parody of all the Dark Lords, equally amusing is how easily he is willing to listen to Gertrude.
But issue 4 is still very much a holding pattern.
But not too worry there will be MORE fairlyand shenanigans soon !
Lets hope issue 5 will do better.