I Hate Fairyland #14
Story and Art: Skottie Young
It seems like it has been increasingly few and far between when an issue of I Hate Fairyland offers up both humor and plot advancement. However, I Hate Fairyland #14 finally delivers on both promises with a clever twist at the end and ingenious spoofs of a classic fairy tale trope.
After numerous filler issue, writer and artist Skottie Young finally got back to the core principles of his original series. Gert is a horrible person and all the fairy tale lands aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. The issue with fairy tale lands that Young takes up in this issue is how everyone wants to marry the young princess/lady in distress. Young isn’t shy about his complaints depicting the main antagonist of this issue, Loveth Lovelord, with an electric and bulging… bulge (really). Having his treasure be floating balls that redeem their wielder of all wrong doings only heightens this creepy theme. Luckily Young doesn’t linger long on the joke of Lovelord’s bulging package, and briskly ushers Gert on her mission through the maze.
As Gert goes through the maze, all of the maze inhabitants offer Gert a way out in exchange for her hand in marriage. It serves as a humorous subplot as Gert becomes increasingly annoyed with the numerous proposals, often accepting them in only for Lovelord to kill the suitor to prevent them poaching his hopeful wife. The dragon at the end of the maze being Duncan is a nice callback to a former plotline that I feared would be forgotten. Hopefully this is a sign that Young is hoping to build a universe in this messed up fairyland that he invented that begs for exploration.
The twist at the end was very clever and unexpected as well. When Lovelord said that whoever possesses his balls is forgiven and redeemed for all of their wrongdoings, I thought the change would be external in that all the inhabitants of Fairyland would be in love with Gert again, a clean slate if you will. However having her be transformed into a presumably innocent young girl again should be even funnier. The citizens who once feared her will be very confused when they meet this happy Gert. This character change is inevitably going to be temporary as a main drive of the series is how terrible Gert is. So hopefully we get to see her devolution into the Gert we’re more used to.
I Hate Fairyland #14 is one of the funniest and most plot substantial issues of the series in a long time. Skottie Young continues to be the perfect artist for his script although I fear it may be getting stale soon. But it has not happened yet and issue #14 is funny and offers up intrigue for future issues.