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In Which I Read "I Hate Fairyland" #1 by Skottie Young

STK685907Superstar SKOTTIE YOUNG (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of Oz) makes his Image debut with an ALL-NEW SERIES! The Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes its cute little face against Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness has arrived. In an adventure that ain’t for the little kiddies, (unless you have super cool parents, then whatever), you’ll meet Gert—a six year old girl who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for thirty years and will hack and slash her way through anything to find her way back home. Join Gert and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND. – See more at:

Where do I start with this one? Skottie Young, for a long time, has been one of my favourite all-time artists in the comic book industry. You may know his work from Marvel Comics, where he does the “baby variants” which depict baby versions of all the Marvel characters onto variant edition covers of their respective titles. I can’t remember exactly when I first came across Skottie’s work, but I do know that I fell in love with it instantaneously, and always go for his variant cover of a comic wherever possible.

Skottie Young has never disappointed me, and once again, he hasn’t failed in delivering something that just tickled my fancy. What’s not to like? Gore, Comedy, Fairyland creatures, more gore, and a cute little girl that’s every parents’ worst nightmare! Upon opening I Hate Fairyland, we are met with bright pink colours, giving the impression of a cute little comic that you might hand to the neighbour’s kid once you’re finished reading it, but hoo-boy, turn that page there and this comic book takes a drastic turn which means you’ll be placing this on the top shelf of your bookcase where little prying eyes can’t get their hands on it.

This is just 3 pages from the comic. There are 22 in total!
This is just 3 pages from the comic. There are 22 in total!

I would definitely recommend this comic book to anyone who has a sense of humour, and anyone who loves gore. Or both. I have to agree with the above blurb, that the gore in this is very Deadpool-esque, with almost a hint of Mark Millar’s Hit Girl thrown in there for good measure. Having never read Tank Girl, I can’t say whether or not that comparison is accurate. Having also recently binge-watched Once Upon A Time, the tv series, this will probably appeal to anyone who enjoys this show, but again, be warned, there’s plenty of gore. Basically, if you don’t mind the blood and gore, you’ll probably enjoy this comic book.

What I loved about this was that I started reading it expecting Gert to be the cute and innocent one in the story, when in fact it’s all the other characters that are the innocent ones. Gert on the other hand, Gert is a different kettle of fish… she’s a crazy, sociopathic thirty-something year old, stuck in a six-year-old body that’s taking it out on everyone just because she can’t find her way out of Fairyland. Brilliant!

The fact that I thoroughly enjoyed this, and the fact that I am a huge Deadpool fan also, is starting to make me worry. It has only dawned on me as I am writing this that I must have some sort of sick sense of humour if I enjoy comics like I Hate Fairyland and Deadpool. Normally this is the paragraph where I write something I dislike about the thing I’m reviewing, but as such a huge Skottie Young fan, I have to say I was pretty biased about this comic before I even read it. In all honesty though, I really couldn’t fault this comic, and if there was anything wrong, it was that it wasn’t long enough, and why the hell do I have to wait another whole month before I get to read the next issue?!?!

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