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REVIEW: Untold Tales of I Hate Fairyland #3

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REVIEW: Untold Tales of I Hate Fairyland #3

3.67/5.0 Stars
Rating if the Book Were a Movie: PG-13

Creative Team:

Writers: Skottie Young, Dean Rankine, Fabio Moon, and Gabriel Ba
Artists: Rachel Aragno, Dean Rankine, Fabio Moon, and Gabriel Ba
Letters: Nate Piekos
Cover: Mike Del Mundo
Editor: Joel Enos
Publisher: Image Comics 

Ratings:

Story: 3.6 Stars
Artwork: 3.5 Stars
Cover Artwork: 3.8 Stars
Dialogue: 3.7 Stars
Mechanics: 3.8 Stars
Editing: 3.6 Stars 

About the Book

Untold Tales of I Hate Fairyland is back with a third installment. Like the previous two issues, we get three fun short stories. We see a glimpse of Gert’s life as a married woman in “Til Death Do Us Part”. In “The Ballad of Sir Hanselot” we see what happens when the bravest and most dashing of night crosses paths with Gertrude and angers her. In “I Hate Gert” we see how even trying to help our antihero can lead to dire consequences.

Reviewers Notes:

I’m a fan of I Hate Fairyland, Volumes One and Two. These past few months with Untold Tales of I Hate Fairyland have been bliss for me. It’s meant that I have not had to go more than two weeks without getting new content with Gertrude. I will be disappointed when reality sets back in and I have to wait a month (or more) between installments.

Before reading this issue it was hard to picture Gertrude having a love life. Emotionally she’s in her late 30’s. Physically, I’d imagine most of the suitors she’d have would come complete with their own fetishes. I don’t picture things ending well for them when those proclivities come to light.

It makes sense that she’d end up with a vampire. Emotionally they are far older than they appear, just like her. It also makes sense that a relationship of that nature would be short lived. It wouldn’t take long to get tired of only having your spouse up and about for a handful of hours, especially when that handful of hours is constantly consumed by their friends. Fortunately for Gertrude the sun will come up tomorrow.

“The Ballad of Sir Hanselot” impressed me. It’s difficult enough to write a song, which usually has a chorus (that is repeated several times) as a filler. This entire story is done in verse and it doesn’t miss a beat. It’s not just the narrative. Even the spoken dialogue stays in time. 

“I Hate Gert” was different from what I am used to in stories involving Fairyland. When you have part of the creative team that gave us Umbrella Academy involved in a project that’s to be expected. Like Umbrella Academy, it’s when you have that lightbulb moment and realize everything that has transpired led to this.

I love the homage to The Shining that we get with this cover. It’s very fitting. Gertrude can be even more frightening than Jack Torrence. Torrence is a homicidal maniac in a downward spiral. Gertrude is a volatile little ball of psychotic rage that has the ability to be nice. However, she’s usually treated like weapons grade plutonium because even a perceived slight can set her off.

You never forget your first. Be it a car, a Doctor Who companion, or anything in between. Skottie Young’s rendition of Gertrude and everything else from Fairyland was my first encounter with this franchise. It has been fun seeing what other interpretations of characters that we know and love would look like.

As a geek on a budget I would highly recommend checking out Untold Tales of I Hate Fairyland. However, I would do so after reading the first volume of I Hate Fairyland. Otherwise there’s a chance that you may not be able to appreciate all of the nuances that come with these short stories.

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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