Everybody loves Skottie Young’s covers. His little kid depictions of superheroes are offbeat, loony, and a lot of fun. His comic book adaptations of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books were critically acclaimed. So we’ve come to expect a certain level of work from him. Skottie Young’s I Hate Fairyland? Yea this ramps it up to 11, it hits you like a punch in the face, and the funny-bone.
It opens rather disturbingly with the main character, a little girl named Gertude, being sucked into a hole in the floor of her room. She wished to go to Fairyland and she’s going, like it or not. But that’s not as disturbing as it gets. Her landing in Fairyland is so far from any tale we’ve previously read you immediately know this book is going to be sick. And it never lets up. Situation after situation is met like Micheal Douglas in Falling Down, this little lady is done with this candy coated little world, she’s going home or tearing the place down around her.
Sick, wrong, and oh so funny. For a parent of two young kids a book like this is a must. It attacks the fairy tale trope head on, skewering every character, every assumption. All through the eyes of a long trapped little psychotic young lady.
Will Gert get home? Will anyone in Fairyland survive her “visit”? That’s anyone’s guess but I’ll be adding this to my pulls so I can find out!
I Hate Fairyland gets 4.5 out of 5!
I Hate Fairyland #1
Story By: Skottie Young
Art By: Skottie Young
Art By: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Cover By: Skottie Young
Cover By: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Variant Cover By: Skottie Young
Variant Cover By: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Published: October 14, 2015
Diamond ID: AUG150474
Digital : $2.99