Disclaimer: The comic is NOT appropriate for minors under 18 and is only intended for mature readers.
Looking at the cover of I Hate Fairyland, it’s obviously not meant for younger readers. With the graphic depiction of the curly, green-haired protagonist, Gertrude, wielding a blood-soaked axe, while standing on top of a dead cartoony-looking mushroom, how does this sugarcoated, profane, blood-spattering, and hilarious story begin? With a straight to the point and no holds bar approach, of course. For those old enough to remember Conker’s Bad Fur Day for the N64 (or Conker Live and Reloaded on the original Xbox), the art and story are sure to remind you of the game’s approach to story-telling. Which to me was a more than willing invitation.
The story starts off with little Gertrude playing in her room wishing that she could play in a real Fairyland… until the floor swallows her in a black passage way to the REAL Fairyland. After she arrives in Fairyland, like all children, she wants to go home. She’s greeted by the Queen of Fairyland along with a crowd of citizens. Queen Cloudia tells young Gertrude that the only way to get back home is to find the key to a back door hidden somewhere in Fairyland. She’s given a map and a fly named Larry to aid her. Twenty-seven years later (you read that correctly), she’s still searching for the “fluffing” key. Gertrude is a violent and foul-mouthed thirty-three year old stuck in her six year old body. This key plot point sets the rest of the story up. Throughout the rest of her encounters in Fairyland, Gertrude is so fed up with being in Fairyland that she basically goes homicidal. Rather than peacefully travel through Fairyland, she violently rampages her way in search for that elusive key. Every chapter starts out with a Fairyland narrator beginning the story all over again, only to be slaughtered or maimed by either Gertrude or Larry. This adds another level to the existing sick and twisted humor that keeps your attention. Now by about halfway through the book, Cloudia is so fed up with Gertrude being in Fairyland that she devises a plan to make Gertrude a permanent citizen of Fairyland…only so she can kill her. While I won’t spoil the hilarious outcome of this plan, I will say that Gertrude’s decisions along the way make the ending not only hilarious but also ironic.
Author and artist, Skottie Young, does a fantastic job at creating an extremely trippy world and vulgar inhabitants. While the art reminds you of the cartoons that you watched on Saturday morning (if you were born in 1980 or later), the story, humor, and dialog will have you shock laughing all the way to the last page with its unapologetic and violent pacing. If you’re the type that isn’t easily offended and enjoys a level of sick and twisted humor, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this book.
Written by Nick Linger