Writer: Skottie Young
Artists: Skottie Young & Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Before reading I Hate Fairyland #1, the only coverage of it I had seen was the original announcement at Image Expo. I saw some of the bloody art, and thought I had a good grasp on what to expect from the series. I was wrong. Not only has Skottie Young put together a shockingly violent “fairytale,” but he has also crafted one of the funniest debuts of the year.
Skottie Young’s writing appears to be innocent at first. A girl who loves her fairytale stories falls into Fairyland. The narration is cute and makes the series initially appears as if it is fit for children. It isn’t until the girl hits the ground of Fairyland that the reader realizes that this is a different kind of book. After she stands back up with a bloodied face and bones sticking out of her elbows, the book takes a dark turn full of angst characters and tons of gore. While the protagonist (Or maybe antagonist) appears to be a child, she has been in fairyland for a while and now has the mind and personality of a frustrated woman in her 30’s.
The story is laugh-out-loud funny throughout. The humor is irreverent and doesn’t hold back, but still manages to somehow hold on to the look and feel of child’s storybook. While the content is certainly outrageous, it doesn’t actually detract too much from the story. Quite a few actions almost seem like they were done simply for shock value, and while this will turn away some, it actually does a decent job at developing characters and progressing the story. This development can only go so far with the approach that Young took, but the book is still charming and entertaining, despite the lack of depth to it. Anyone looking for a massive story will definitely be disappointed.