Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Review: I Hate Fairyland, Volume 1 by Skottie Young

Title: I Hate Fairyland, Volume 1: Madly Ever After
Series: I Hate Fairyland (Collected Editions) #1
Written By: Skottie Young
Art by: Skottie Young
Publisher: Image
Pages: 128
Genres: Comics, Fantasy

From superstar writer and artist SKOTTIE YOUNG (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of Oz, Fortunately, The Milk), comes the first volume of an allnew series of adventure and mayhem. An Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes its cute little face against grown-up Tank Girl/ Deadpool-esque violent madness. Follow Gert, a forty-year-old woman in a sixyear- old’s body, who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battleaxe on a delightfully bloodsoaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND. Collects I HATE FAIRYLAND #1-5.
A darkly humorous comic series, I Hate Fairyland follows Gertrude who was sucked into Fairyland one day. In order to escape she has to complete a quest to find a key which will unlock a door that will allow her to return home. The problem is, its been twenty-seven years and Gertrude still hasn't managed to find it and despite the help from her despondent and sarcastic guide, Larrigon, she's been driven slightly mad. Gert is just at her wits end and unluckily for her, so is Queen Cloudia who is sick of her and just wants her gone. Lots of gory violence and hilarity ensue.

I really enjoyed this story, it was funny and quite silly. I think I would have to be in the right mood for it though, as all the violence can get a bit repetitive after a while. The art style is perfect and I loved the bright colour palette. It's very colourful and there are so many little details in every frame. The lettering was also quite creative in parts and it was just a joy to read.

Admittedly, the violence and gore was overwhelming at times as nearly everything is hacked to bits or blown apart by Gertrude. It was really funny in the first issue but began to wear thin by the fifth. I can completely understand why Gert has gone a little crazy as the rainbow colours and flamboyance of Fairyland begins to feel like a smack in the face after a while. I really liked how when Gert tries to swear, the words are converted into 'fluffing' or 'fudge' which still gives a lot of humour without resorting to overusing real curse words for shock value.

Overall, I really enjoyed I Hate Fairyland, its perfect for those who want a bright comic and is full of comedy and gore. Kind of like Alice in Wonderland gone very, very wrong. Highly recommended.

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