I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young. Colored by Jean-Francois Beaulieu and lettered by Nate Piekos. I Hate Fairyland, #1.
My copy: Image Comics, April 26th, 2016. Egalley (review copy), 134 pages.
Source: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Image Comics and Diamond Book Distributors!
From superstar writer and artist Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of OZ, Fortunately, The Milk), comes the first volume of an all-new series of adventure and mayhem. An Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes it’s cute little face against grown-up, Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness. Follow Gert, a forty year old woman stuck in a six year olds body who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND. Issues #1-5.
Thoughts upon finishing I Hate Fairyland:
- This. Was. Amazing.
- Definitely Wonderland inspired, but it goes so much further with fairy tale ideas. I got hints of Disney, too.
- Gertrude was an utter terror. This little girl/grown woman was an insane little sadist, killing anyone who got in her way or who annoyed her with guns, axes, and dragons. But I loved her. Holy ravioli, Gertrude was a riot.
- Gertrude’s little fly Guide, Larry, was my favorite, though. I want a Larry in my life.
- I loved that swear words were replaced with rhyming alternatives, all of which were amusing. “Get your SASS out the door.” “FLUFF you.” “Shut the HUG up.”
- All the puns in general were great. Best one concerning some zombie satyrs: “Faun of the Dead.” I got a good laugh out of that one.
- The illustrations could be charming one moment and absolutely horrifying and gross the next. I loved it!
- That being said, this book is beautiful. The artwork is amazing! It’s definitely cartoony, especially with the candy-like colors, though the over-the-top violence and barely-disguised swearing makes it a graphic novel for teens on up.
- The colors were amazing. Vibrant and perfect for every scene. Applause to Jean-Francois Beaulieu, because coloring such a complicated story seems like an incredible feat.
- I didn’t foresee that ending! (Though it totally was evilly awesome.) WHAT an ending! Gimme volume 2 NOW. I needs.
I highly recommend I Hate Fairyland if you like absolutely nuts, off-the-wall, and over-the-top humor. This book is violent and graphic but it’s absolutely hilarious. Never have I been so entertained at a little girl trying to leave Fairyland for twenty-seven years, failing spectacularly, and taking out her rage on the various fantasy inhabitants. This book is terrific! ♦
Have you read I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1?
If you haven’t, would you be interested to?
What’s a wacky fairy tale-inspired book you’ve read and loved?
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And, as always, happy reading!