I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What this graphic novel is about:
Gertrude is a normal 8-year-old girl who wants – like all 8-year-old girls – to spend her days filled with magic creatures, candy and fairy tales. When she is sent to Fairyland she is not too happy to be there but in order to get back home, she needs to find the magic key. But Gertrude is having a considerable amount of trouble finding this damn key. Twenty seven yearls later and she is still looking for it. An almost fourty year old woman in the body of a young girl and her tour guide Larry are searching far and wide in a very…brutal adventure. When the Queen of Fairyland gets tired of Gertrude’s shit she decides to take matters into her own hands. And things start to get even messier than before..
Well, this was quite a fun ride! First of all, this is one of the few graphic novels that I have personally found in which the outside art of the cover matches the inside artof the story. So what you see on the cover is what you will see for the rest of the 100 or so pages more. These lively, colourful illustrations are exactly my type of art that I like to see in a graphic novel and TV shows. Moreover, the illustrations not only added but multiplied the effect of the humour in this graphic novel – and they gave me a few chuckles along the way. One thing to keep in mind though is that, although this might seem and sound like a child-like comic book, I would not recommend it for young readers. It contains multiple gorry scenes throughout the volume and although never explicit, there is strong language involved.
The story is a classic type of adventure with an objective in mind for our beloved protagonists but in our case, our protagonist is a psychopath. Gertrude along with her sidekick Larry (like seriously, Larry is just such fitting name because it’s so absurdly plain) fight their way through different kinds of dangers which remind the reader of many children’s fairy tales. I have to admit, Gertrude was not my favourite character and I think she would be nothing without Larry or the Queen of Fairyland who was also an amusing presence in the story.
I don’t have a lot so say in this review other than the fact that I really liked this comic book and I’d love to get my hands on the second volume (in a physical copy this time hopefully!). If you enjoy graphic novels with a lot of action and fighting mixed with some humorous lines from a flying snail (?) named Larry and an 8-year-old with a name that I find funny, then this is something you should check out.
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