Rating if the Book Were a Movie: PG-13
Writer: Skottie Young
Artist: Brett Bean
Colors: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letters: Nate Piekos
Cover: Skottie Young
Publisher: Image Comics
Story: 3.4 Stars
Artwork: 3.7 Stars
Cover Artwork: 4.3 Stars
Dialogue: 3.4 Stars
Mechanics: 3.7 Stars
Editing: 3.6 Stars
About the Book:
Gertie is one of the few individuals that has ever managed to escape Fairyland. It took her almost 40 years; but she did it. Upon returning to our realm she found it difficult to adjust, both mentally and professionally. After bouncing from job to job, Gertie is hired by a billionaire to go back into Fairyland to retrieve his son. It’s been a long and difficult row to hoe; but Gertrude has done it. She’s back in Fairyland, just in time to find out the terms of her employment have changed.
When I was reading volume one of I Hate Fairyland I always considered it to be the title I read as a “guilty pleasure”. As time has gone by I’ve come to realize there’s no Muffin Fluffing reason to do so. Too many people spend all of their time at work, driving to work, raising kids, or running errands. There isn’t much time left for what makes you happy. If you like something (that is legal) it should be a guilt free pleasure.
There are no words for the first part of this book. I found it very interesting having a song synced to a comic book. Just scan the QR code on the inside of the front cover and go to it. “This World” by Jack the Radio meshed perfectly.
I feel for Gertrude. I’ve been in her shoes with a job. There’s nothing like completing a grueling project for your boss and being rewarded by being given the shaft. In retrospect, I regret not being more like Gertie in that situation. What’s worse is now Gertrude is trapped in Fairyland. She broke in. She’s not a guest. Getting back out isn’t going to be easy.
Skottie Young’s covers are always fun. The cover for I Hate Fairyland #5 is no exception. Gertie looking like she belongs on the album cover for an 80’s metal band is quite striking.
The artwork on the interior pages is terrific. I love how it meshes with the story and pulls the reader into it. I enjoyed the nod to Mad Max when Gertie was on the motorcycle. I really liked how we got a teaser from Gertie’s past.
As a geek on a budget I am all in on I Hate Fairyland #5. We get to experience a comic that has a soundtrack. We get some action. We also get some laughs. Enjoy!