I Hate Fairyland #8

I Hate Fairyland #8

Writer/Artist/Cover Artist: Skottie Young
Guest Artist: Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz
Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letterer: Nate Piekos

I Hate Fairyland #8 changes things up with a guest artist and some Street Fighter action. Gert takes the battle to the virtual world as Fairyland ponies up a gigantic arcade machine. Inside lies a challenge that could lead Gert to her freedom. Yet to gain that freedom, she must fight her way through a myriad host of combatants. It’s a bloody battle royale.

First off, though, Gert must get a token to begin this little adventure. Like past trials, it’s a trade between magical items all leading from one quest to another. But in this case, it quite literally is a trade for a giant token. What else would you need to enter a giant arcade machine?

The gimmick is that once Gert enters the Tower of Battle, the art style of the issue changes. Now this makes sense as it helps cement the feel of a different world. The reader goes from Fairyland to the world of video games. Old school gamers will catch quite a few nods to classic characters. The story propels Gert into a tournament where she fights her way up the ladder to the big, bad boss. The final boss is pretty funny. As you can expect, there’s lots of carnage in all the battles. The one drawback is that it’s handled by Jeffrey Cruz. Now if you’re a fan of his work, you’re in for a treat. But personally I really like Skottie’s style a whole lot better. If you’re in my boat, the good news is that the issue opens and closes with Skottie’s artwork. Cruz isn’t bad, but it is different, and it does help make the story feel like it’s moving into a different world.

While Cruz’s artwork brings in a Street Fighter vibe, Skottie’s artwork, combine with Jean-Francois’ coloring, continues to shine. There’s some great panels of candyland and the blind soothsayer. Some nice shots of Duncan the dragon and Gert as they wander across Fairyland. Plus a really cool shot of the Tower of Battle. Cruz’s artwork is kind of neat in that it really does have that Street Fighter/anime vibe to it. The actions scenes weave together to cram in maximum imagery. All in all it does a good job of feeling like a video game.

Alas the issue ends with a bit of a surprise and not much of a clue of where Gert will be heading next. Hopefully Duncan will be around some more, and his character is kind of interesting. Either way, this was another fun issue and I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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