I Hate Fairyland #19 has arrived, and the stakes are higher than ever before. All of Fairyland is under attack, with only Gert’s tenuous abilities and motivation to save them. This also crossed my mind in the last volume, but I’m wondering if the series might be coming to an end. After all, if Gert stops Dark Cloudia, she can go home. What else is there to accomplish after that? Then again, I did think that during the build-up to the end of the last volume, and it did end with a definite hook for the future. I need to stop worrying and just enjoy the comic. If and when I Hate Fairyland does come to a close, I’m sure that it will be announced beforehand.
In terms of the story, I also appreciate the brief smattering of philosophy injected into the story. Gert has a very cynical view of the world, partially justified based on her awful life. It’s easy to forget that Gert has feelings other than rage and annoyance. I feel genuinely sorry for her and I do want her to go home, even if that would mean the end of the story. Skottie Young isn’t just good at humor, he can also put in some poignant emotional scenes.
On the lighter side, the resets finally come back to haunt everyone as Larry meets his alternate self. I do wish that the issue had more shenanigans with two versions of the same character interacting, but you only have so much time in a comic. The issue did feel a mite overstuffed, but that rarely happens with the comic, so it wasn’t too terribly distracting.
I Hate Fairyland #19 is currently available from Image Comics, written and drawn by Skottie Young, colored by Jean-Francois Beaulieu, and lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot®.