Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mini-Review: I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1

To give you an idea of the tone of this book, the comic was originally called F*ck Fairyland.  So don't expect unicorns and rainbows.  Well, I mean, there are rainbows and fairies and stuff, but there's also decapitation, evisceration, and buckets o'blood.  Fluffernutting fairy rules.


One day while playing in her room, Gert wishes she could go to fairyland, as many children probably do.

Well, I mean, honestly, I don't ever remember wanting to be with fairies.  Under the sea with Ariel?  Yes.  At the Beast's castle with Belle?  Sure!  But I really hate Tinkerbell, so fairies were never my thing.  But this isn't about me, so...

Anyway, someone is listening when Gert makes her wish and sucks her through the floor into Fairyland.  Upon her bone-shattering arrival, Queen Cloudia presents her with a quest.  Upon completion of the quest to find the key back home, Gert may return to the human world.  Until that time, she is a guest of Fairyland and may not be harmed.  Gertie even gets a weird bug guide, Larrington Wentworth III (Larry), to aide her on her quest.

Over three decades later, Gertie's still at it.  When it comes to solving quest riddles, she takes the approach of the bull in the china shop, except instead of breaking china she's hacking off creatures' heads and eating them and spraying brains everywhere.  Maybe she would have actually completed her quest a lot sooner had she asked questions first and gotten the ax out later.  But, you know.  Details.  Can't be bothered.  Cloudia gets fluffernutting fed UP with Gertie's rampaging, and puts a hit out on her.  But as a tiny, green-haired unholy fool, Gertie manages to come out on top every single time through pure luck.  Also, it's pretty hard to miss when your battle ax is that fluffing gigantic.

Skottie Young's mad rampage through a totally psychedelic version of fairyland is one of the goriest things I've ever read, and it works brilliantly.  The juxtaposition of cutesy pie fairy creatures and guts 'n blood makes this comic standout, and Young's frenetic style works perfectly.  Beaulieu's slightly 90's, acid-trip colors add the needed touch of wildness to the art.

And then we have the dialogue.  Gertie is a foul-mouthed little you-know-what, but because she is in the land of cookies and fauns and rainbows, Gertie cannot swear.  Instead, it's fluffernutting this and fluff you and fluff that, which is fluffing hysterical.

A must-read for those of you with a dark sense of humor, a strong stomach, and a desire to see sugar, spice, and everything nice spattered with gore.

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