Once upon a time, a little girl named Gertrude found herself sucked into a magical world full of talking animals, mysterious creatures and buildings made of sugar. Cloudia, the Queen of Fairy tells Gertrude that in order to return home she must complete a quest and find the key that unlocks the door back to the real world. Twenty-seven years later, Gertrude has been unable to complete the quest and remains trapped in Fairyland. Her body doesn't age, so outwardly she remains her eight year old self. Her mind is a different matter.
I Hate Fairyland is a fun, irreverent comic that is definitely not for children. It's kind of a cross between Tank Girl and Alice in Wonderland. I Hate Fairyland Volume 1: Madly Ever After compiles the first four issues of the comic, created by artist and writer Skottie Young (of Rocket Racoon, The Wizard of Oz and Fortunately the Milk). I love the art, which is reminiscent of Jamie Hewlett's work on Tank Girl. If you read the digital comic in guided view some of the jokes unfold a bit at a time as you pan out from the dialogue to the full scene of destruction. It contains a lot of violence , as well as some drug use and adult humour. The violence is cartoonish but graphic with lots of blood, guts and eyeballs all over the place. There is no swearing, as various childish pretend swearwords are used instead for comic effect, eg. "muffin-fluffer".
The story is fun and full of puns. In the course of this volume, Queen Cloudia tires of the trail of destruction Gertrude leaves through Fairyland and seeks to eliminate her. As a guest of Fairyland the queen is not allowed to harm her so she tries outsourcing, but hired assassins are no match for the fierce Gertrude. Instead she comes up with a plan to let another child in to Fairyland to find the key, which would technically make Gertrude a resident of Fairyland rather than a guest, and therefore subject to whatever punishment the Queen chooses to mete out. Gertrude has a few tricks up her sleeve, so it won't be quite that easy.
I Hate Fairyland is a fun, irreverent comic about a fairy tale gone horribly wrong. It has colourful, quality art and some very dark humour.
Published: April 2016 by Image Comics.
The second volume, I Hate Fairyland Volume 2: Fluff my Life deals with the aftermath of Gertrude's confrontation with the queen. There is also an I Hate Fairyland adult colouring book.