I Hate Fairyland 1
Writer\artist Skottie Young
Colors : Jean Francois Beaulieu
Letterer : Nate Piekos
There once was a precocious 10 year old girl, who wished she could be taken away to a magical fairy land where she could be a princess and stay forever.
Be carefull what you wish for, because some times wishes come true, even the bad ones and Gertrude finds her self in Fairyland. And finding her self there she would rather go home,
which is easy ( so they say ) All she had to do was to find a key to unlock the door back to her own world.
That was 27 years ago though and Gertrude has been looking ever since or so the moon tells us, just before Gertrude argues with him over narrating over her life and shoots him in the face.
Thing's kinda go downhill from there.
It's like Alice In Wonderland on acid.
There is at least one variant cover version of I Hate Fairy Land, entitled Fuck Fairy Land,
have a wild guess which one I have.
Gertrude is approximately 37, green hair and all.
Apparently you can trip out on shrooms, even if they are living humanoid shrooms, in Fairy Land.
Oh fluff, what is this ?
As if I haven't gotten enough to do in between my schedule being tossed and a hiatus and wanting to review 3 ongoing series. Each with more then 200 issues, totalling 600 comics. And i haven't even scratched the surface of any of them, I'm not tackling a fourth series.
What the fluff is wrong with me ?!
Thankfully, I Hate Fairyland is a 5 issue mini series. ( I should bloody well hope so, if it becomes an ongoing series I may have a problem. ) So I can easily slot it in.
I am sure that just from the synopsis alone and the notes, not too mention the cover and the panels strewn around, you can figure out that this is a bit of an unusual comic.
Now, are you familiar with Alice In Wonderland ? Course you are !
Who isn't ?
Now have you ever wondered what would happen if Alice, never made her way out of wonderland, became a violent sociopath and never physically got a day older ?
Well you should have, because that's where I Hate Fairyland comes in, the Wonderland analogue and Gertrude becomes our Alice Liddel analogue.
That is pretty much where the similarities end.
Because Skottie ( Skott ?) Young's antics immediately get to the point, that this is a riotous rollicking send up of Alice In Wonderland and everything there in and a bit more too.
Because every fairy tale stereotype and cliché will get a sound trashing.
This includes the omniscient narrator, to which Gertrude takes exception on him narrating her life and blows him away.
Quite literally and the stars too, as they are witnesses.
Considering they are living creatures in true Disney and Nintendo style, things get a bit messy and they only proceed to get worse from here.
Like an insane cartoon from the 50's or 60's in overdrive or Ren and Stimpy with better art,
it straddles the line between whimsy and jet black humor.
Skottie young has a whimsical cartoony art style that first perfectly with a whimsical setting like Fairyland and then continues to go huggin fluffin insane with all the over the top cartoony violence.
The issue it self is so riddled with in jokes, cameo's and little references, that I am sure I missed a few while picking up on others.
Gertrude may look like a horrible sociopathtic 10 year old, but she is really a horrible sociopathtic 30 year old.
Despite this, Young's art gives her so much charm and character you cant help but like the puke green haired brat.
If only because Fairyland is so nauseatingly upbeat, you want to carpet bomb it in to oblivion, before it gives you type 2 diabetes.
Few unlikable protagonists are still so insanely likable.
Her long suffering companion Larry, is the voice of acerbic reason.
Skottie young's art is vibrant and cartoony and the enthusiasm drips of the page.
In some cases quite literally.
And the Fairylanders or at least Gertrude have a peculiar, if amusing way of swearing. I'm sure you can figure it out.
The issue ends on a cliffhanger of sorts, but do we really believe that anything will happen to Gertrude ?
It's the first issue for fluff's sake ...ahem, we still have 3 issues to go, I'm certain nothing will happen to Gertrude, before issue 4 at the very least.
Well I assume anyway, assuming this is a mini series the after word of issue 2 seems to indicate Gertrude might be around for longer then 5 issues.....
I Hate Fairyland is a ridiculous ride that will tackle any sort of fantasy stereotype and shoot it gleefully, with living bullets until it explodes in to a meat geyser.
It's bloody good ridiculous fun if you idea of fun is dark humour and mine is.
Just don't expect anything deep. *
(*This is not entirely true, I Hate Fairyland can be seen as be wary of having your wishes fullfilled, having to reconcile youthfull exuberance with adult cynicism or lashing out at a world that forces Gertrude to be something she isn't and doesn't want to be. But if you go down that road, Everything has some hidden meaning.
I Hate Fairyland is just a deranged piece of high octane cartoony fun. Take away from that what you will and read the fluffing thing. )