I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 4
What started as a normal, everyday, child-sucked-into-a-magical-land-to-fulfill-an-inane-quest has changed Fairyland forever. In the continuation of SKOTTIE YOUNG'S saccharine fantasy-satire, Gertrude hands over the spotlight to Larry, Duncan Dragon, and some of Fairyland's other supporting cast, misfits, and forgotten threats.Collects issues 16 through 20.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 4 Details

TitleI Hate Fairyland, Vol. 4
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 4th, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534306806
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Graphic Novels Comics, Fantasy

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 4 Review

  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    Once upon a time… … a mad little girl tried to destroy the wondrous Fairyland! But she failed and was banished to where all naughty children go: HELL! Except now that Fairyland faces destruction once more at the hands of something else, Gertie must somehow escape the Devil’s tortures and return to her most hated place to become its saviour. How will the story end? Sadly never after… So after four books we’ve come to the end of Skottie Young’s subversive comic on children’s fairytales. And, like Once upon a time… … a mad little girl tried to destroy the wondrous Fairyland! But she failed and was banished to where all naughty children go: HELL! Except now that Fairyland faces destruction once more at the hands of something else, Gertie must somehow escape the Devil’s tortures and return to her most hated place to become its saviour. How will the story end? Sadly never after… So after four books we’ve come to the end of Skottie Young’s subversive comic on children’s fairytales. And, like most of this series, Volume 4: Sadly Never After is just ok. The art is, as always, the main attraction. Young’s art style is glorious and beautifully complemented by colourist Jean-Francois Beaulieu - as a huge fan of Young’s art, I was transfixed by the visuals the whole time. The story though… eh. It was interesting to see Gertie’s parents at last as well as what Gertie would look like if she were her actual age of thirtysomething. I also liked Duncan Dragon as a Fairyland Postal Service worker and that the final words of the book were the series’ original title. But Young chose to drearily fall back on superhero tropes for the main story. The Big Bad is a dark version of a once-good character while anti-hero Gert is forced into the role of hero, given temporary superpowers by a council of elders and fights the baddie in a stereotypically OTT loud bit of nonsense. It’s cliched, uninspired and boring. I’m glad Young’s putting Fairyland on ice for the moment. It’s a fun concept that worked really well for the first book because it was fresh and new but became very clear almost immediately that the simplistic story couldn’t sustain an ongoing monthly. Not that the series is bad but it’s not been great either. Still, it is a rich world so I look forward to whenever Young decides to revisit it, as he’s said he will, for one-off done-in-one stories sometime in the future, hopefully with new characters and stories, though it might also be amusing to see how Gertie adapts to life post-Fairyland (“I Hated Fairyland”?). ‘Til next time, Gertie, you fluffin’ crazy muffin hugger!
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Omg, that cover! Poor Larry. I can't wait until this is released, I am living for this series.July 6th- I see the cover has been changed but it still looks great! (Even better) Also September can't come fast enough!
  • Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
    January 1, 1970
    What a bittersweet ending. My fluffin’ heart..
  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    It is a good end to a series I don't want to end. Still, nothing beats the third volume.
  • Juan
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love this series and it was with a heavy heart to learn in Issue 20 that this was the end of it all. I dont think anyone will have been prepared for it. Taking into consideration that a previous issue showed us a potential end at the hands of Duncan, no one really could have seen this. In fact, I sort of felt maybe we were actually building up to that potential end.This volume is so fun with a focus on Larry and Duncan Dragon himself. He is so fucking funny. Anyways I keep thinking I absolutely love this series and it was with a heavy heart to learn in Issue 20 that this was the end of it all. I dont think anyone will have been prepared for it. Taking into consideration that a previous issue showed us a potential end at the hands of Duncan, no one really could have seen this. In fact, I sort of felt maybe we were actually building up to that potential end.This volume is so fun with a focus on Larry and Duncan Dragon himself. He is so fucking funny. Anyways I keep thinking to myself just how hysterical this entire series has been and I really would have loved for some more story. Is it better to go out when you are ahead or to fade away into oblivion? According to Young, we have hope for occasional surprises in one-shots and specials. Thank you, Mr. Young.
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  • Drew
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! A very quick and easy read. So happy I got to read this a little bit early!(:
  • Alissa
    January 1, 1970
    I want to see a crossover between I Hate Fairyland and Every Heart a Doorway(the Wayward Children series)
  • Gemma
    January 1, 1970
    If this is the end of Fairyland I'm happy with the conclusion of a series I loved straight through. I even teared up a bit with one Gert/Larry scene. It was fun to see the Fairyland devil at work and the art work as always was gorgeous! The last bit especially- my favorite little psycho wound up exactly where I thought she would.
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  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    January 1, 1970
    · Volume 1: Madly Ever After ★★★★★· Volume 2: Fluff My Life ★★★★· Volume 3: Good Girl - to be read
  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know if I just wasn't in the right mood or what, but I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as the other volumes in this series. The whole thing felt really disjointed to me and then it just ended! I almost feel like it would have been better to end the series with volume 3 because this one doesn't really bring a lot to the table. Oh well, it was still fun while it lasted.
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  • Derryn
    January 1, 1970
    Wow that was a wild ride! Goodbye for now but not forever!
  • Joshua
    January 1, 1970
    A bitter-sweet but fitting wrap up to a series I shall forever hold dear.
  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    Thin Line Between Love and HateIf you were to just pick up a single issue of this series at random, well, it might not grab you. It's loud and frantic. The colors are loud, the characters are loud, the lettering is loud. It just punches you in your muffin fluffing face, and doesn't seem to have much of a plot or point.But that's not fair. Try a TP and it all starts to come together. You get a feel for the characters, you get on the right humor wavelength, you pick up the plot thread, and you sta Thin Line Between Love and HateIf you were to just pick up a single issue of this series at random, well, it might not grab you. It's loud and frantic. The colors are loud, the characters are loud, the lettering is loud. It just punches you in your muffin fluffing face, and doesn't seem to have much of a plot or point.But that's not fair. Try a TP and it all starts to come together. You get a feel for the characters, you get on the right humor wavelength, you pick up the plot thread, and you start to enjoy and appreciate the project. And this TP is a fine place to start, even though it's TP Volume 4 and may mark the end of the series, (you can never be entirely sure about things like that).The idea is that Gertrude was kidnapped into Fairyland. It should be, you know, a fairyland of fun. But Gert doesn't like being told when and how to have fun. And it turns out that Fairyland has some weird, violent, and crazy stuff going on behind the scenes. The rest of the series covers Gert's attempts to get home, and since her plans always fail, she really, really starts to hate Fairyland.This time around Gert is dead and is in Fairyland Hell. Fairyland Satan, by the way, is a very deadpan funny guy. Evil Queen Cloudia, who Gert finished off in an earlier issue, is back, so Gert has to come back to Fairyland from Hell in order to duke it out with her again. As a reward/incentive, she'll be sent back to her real home if she succeeds. While that's the story arc there is, as you might imagine, a lot of other stuff going on, and most of the fun here is in the little bits and throwaways that get tucked into the narrative. Larry the alcoholic bug is back, as is Duncan Dragon, and they each get featured treatment, which is a nice touch.As I say, everything here is colorful and sort of frantic, but that is nicely balanced by some deadpan humor and clever asides and by the fairytale parody vibe. All in all I got a kick out of this candy colored TP and enjoyed my trip to Fairyland. Certainly more fun than Dorothy in Oz.(Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Oscar Leal
    January 1, 1970
    3 Estrellas ☆☆☆Decepcionante . No hay otra manera de decirlo. La serie en si estaba sufriendo un bajón en cuanto a calidad bastante notable, se estaban agotando las ideas y no había más subtramas para estirar la historia un poco más haciéndola interesante. Abuso de ello totalmente en el volumen 3 . Si necesitara calificarlas:- Vol. 1 : ☆☆☆☆☆ Fresco, buen humor, excelente arte, originalidad, espontaneo, coherente y lleno de sorpresas acompañadas siempre de un satira y humor oscuro. - Vol. 2 : ☆☆☆ 3 Estrellas ☆☆☆Decepcionante . No hay otra manera de decirlo. La serie en si estaba sufriendo un bajón en cuanto a calidad bastante notable, se estaban agotando las ideas y no había más subtramas para estirar la historia un poco más haciéndola interesante. Abuso de ello totalmente en el volumen 3 . Si necesitara calificarlas:- Vol. 1 : ☆☆☆☆☆ Fresco, buen humor, excelente arte, originalidad, espontaneo, coherente y lleno de sorpresas acompañadas siempre de un satira y humor oscuro. - Vol. 2 : ☆☆☆☆ Sigue en la misma linea, solamente que ahora con más problemas que antes y una reducción de posibilidades cada vez más lejanas, la historia tiene un giro impresionante del que nos va a entrar muchas ganas saber cómo llegar allí. - Vol. 3 : ☆☆ Bastante flojo, mucha repetición , relleno a más no poder, sub tramas que no llegan a nada ni expanden el universo. Abuso de hangercliffs absurdos que resuelven aún peor. Se sintió como un volumen rancio. En cuanto a este volumen 4, carece de coherencia , como si olvidara lo antes escrito, las fallas argumentales se notan a primera vista y un gran error que cometió el autor, es que el final ya estaba escrito incluso antes de comenzar la historia. Se nota fácilmente. Es previsible , poco original, bastante cortante y ahoga el clímax que abrió en el segundo tomo . Se olvidó de todo lo que él mismo incluyó y así, cogió el camino más fácil. La historia no se podía estirar más , Image comics no lo permitiría y es uno de los peores finales que recuerdo de una historia que prometía mucho. Seguramente habrá one- shots en un futuro, pero eso nunca quitará el sabor agridulce en la franquicia. Un final feliz, uno triste, uno gris, cualquier cosa pudo ser mejor que lo que el lector piensa. Fue bastante la construcción como para el final dejarla inconclusa.
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  • محمود راضي
    January 1, 1970
    على قدر حزني على وصول هذه السلسلة إلى خاتمتها واﻷمل في استمرارها لمدة أطول، إلا أنني سعيد بالتجربة كليًا، تجربة لم أجد مثيلًا في خليط جنونها المطبق الذي لن تدري من أين ستأتيك ضربته القادمة. وداعًا جيرترود.
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  • Chloe (QuothTheBookLover)
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE this graphic novel series so much.The art is amazing and it’s so funny. I love Gert and Larry and each volume gets funnier. I really enjoyed this one, although I wish Dark Cloudia had been a bigger part of it. ALSO THE ENDING HAS ME SHOOK.I just want this series to continue forever
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  • Melinda
    January 1, 1970
    The series never fails to make me laugh out loud and try new curse words.
  • Mr Osowski
    January 1, 1970
    A fitting end. Young never lets me down.
  • Amrryn
    January 1, 1970
    Waiting on #19 and #20!
  • Steven Barrie
    January 1, 1970
    I really like this series overall, but I was disappointed by this final volume. It felt rushed and left plotlines hanging from the previous volumes.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    (view spoiler)[ *sings* it was only a dreaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam *sings* (hide spoiler)]
  • Imogene
    January 1, 1970
    If this series ever had to end, holy hannah that was the perfect ending.One of my all time favourites
  • Eric
    January 1, 1970
    A great ending to a great series that didn't outstay its welcome and was consistently funny
  • laura (bookies & cookies)
    January 1, 1970
    Not quite as elaborate a conclusion as I would've hoped for.
  • Kristi
    January 1, 1970
    but. is this really over?
  • Ninoshka
    January 1, 1970
    Both heartbroken yet happy about the way this series ended. It honestly was a great fun ride and I love this series. Its definitely one of my favorite series.
  • Cori Ilardi
    January 1, 1970
    Issue 16 - Read 2/27/18 - I love every issue of I Hate Fairyland. This one made me reeeeeeeeally sad though.Issue 17 - Read 4/19/18 - Gert wasn't in this issue and I don't know how I feel about that. Dat ending tho.Issue 18 - Read 4/19/18 - Still no Gert. But I love Duncan Dragon. Also THAT END AGAIN!!!Issue 19 - Read 6/21/18 - Not the most exciting issue, but I will always love every issue. Still love me some Duncan Dragon and I'm excited for the epic battle.Issue 20 - Read 7/31/18 - The ending Issue 16 - Read 2/27/18 - I love every issue of I Hate Fairyland. This one made me reeeeeeeeally sad though.Issue 17 - Read 4/19/18 - Gert wasn't in this issue and I don't know how I feel about that. Dat ending tho.Issue 18 - Read 4/19/18 - Still no Gert. But I love Duncan Dragon. Also THAT END AGAIN!!!Issue 19 - Read 6/21/18 - Not the most exciting issue, but I will always love every issue. Still love me some Duncan Dragon and I'm excited for the epic battle.Issue 20 - Read 7/31/18 - The ending did feel a little rushed, but I'm glad at least it all wrapped up! I have loooooved this series so much. I've loved the art, the story, the characters. I do think it could have gotten old after a while, so I do like the idea of quitting while you're ahead. This has been such a fun and awesome series, and I'm really glad I read it! Will definitely be looking out for more from Skottie Young in the future.
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  • Greyson (Grey) Edwards [Use Your Words]
    January 1, 1970
    Fairyland Series Ratings: I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After: ★★★★I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 2: Fluff My Life: ★★★★I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 3: Good Girl: TBRI Hate Fairyland, Vol. 4: TBR— ___│Blog│Instagram│Twitter│Tumblr│
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