17th Apr2016

‘I Hate Fairyland Vol.1: Madly Ever After’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Written by Skottie Young | Art by Skottie Young | Published by Image Comics | Format: Trade Paperback

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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.

I remember hearing about I Hate Fairyland on a pull-list video on YouTube (Shout-out to Nerdburgerj) and loving how it looked. It sounded like a cross between Alice in Wonderland and a game I remember playing on the Xbox 360 called Fairytale Fights. It looked gory, funny and like it would be a blast to read. Fast-forward a few months and the wonderful people at Image and Netgalley allowed me the chance to check it out before its upcoming release.

Brought to the page by artist and writer Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon), this first volume is a blend of in-your-face colourful hack and slash gore and humorous adventure. It’s chaotic and wild, and takes the cutesy idea of a magical kingdom and throws it into a blender. The story follows Gert. Gert has been stuck in Fairyland for almost thirty years but she doesn’t resemble the thirty-plus-year-old woman she should, but instead looks like the six year old version of herself. We join Gert on her quest to escape the place that has tormented her for so long, an adventure that sees her brandishing a battle-axe and massacring her way to a way out of Fairyland.

Collecting issues #1-5 into a trade, I Hate Fairyland Vol.1 was just what I wanted it to be. The humour worked most of the time, the bad attitude and sociopathic tendencies of Gert made her a fun bubble of chaos to follow, and the artwork is beautiful. It’s like someone emptied a ketchup bottle onto the Candyland board-game.

I expect this to be a book that becomes pretty popular. I’d be surprised if it didn’t.

I Hate Fairyland: Volume 1 – I Hate Fairyland is out April 26th from Image Comics

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