Rating if the Book Were a Movie: PG-13
Writers: Skottie Young and Dean Rankine
Artists: Aaron Conley and Dean Rankine
Colors: Aaron Conley, Sarah Stern, and Dean Rankine
Letters: Nate Piekos
Cover: Mike Del Mundo
Editor: Joel Enos
Publisher: Image Comics
Story: 2.8 Stars
Artwork: 3.0 Stars
Cover Artwork: 3.8 Stars
Dialogue: 3.7 Stars
Mechanics: 3.5 Stars
Editing: 3.8 Stars
About the Book:
Untold Tales of I Hate Fairyland #1 gives us two short stories from Gertrude’s adventures in Fairyland. In the first story Gertie encounters Brus the Brutal, a barbarian in need of manners, that the Queen has sent to dispatch our emerald haired heroine. In the second story the three little pigs have made the agregious mistake of offending Gertie. Now they must pay.
I Hate Fairyland has been one of my favorite titles for some time now. I love the dialogue and hilarious situations that Gertrude seems to find herself in. Gertrude is the character that we all wish we could be sometimes. She doesn’t pull punches. She calls it as she sees it. If it comes down to it she is quite willing to choose violence.
Untold Tales of I Hate Fairyland #1 continues this fun tradition with these stories. Gertrude’s running commentary during her battle with Bruud was one for the ages. The jokes don’t stop in “Don’t Trust the P.I.G. in Apartment 23. The joke about the elements is well played.
The artwork on this cover is remarkable. I enjoyed seeing the characters in a different artistic style than what we usually get. I liked how every character we see is relevant to the stories within.
As always, the artwork on the interior pages is fun and whimsical. You’d expect nothing less from a story set in Fairyland. The way Gertrude dealt with “baby bottle nipples” was particularly amusing.
As a geek on a budget I believe Untold Tales of I Hate Fairyland #1 is a must read for anyone who is a fan of franchise that can’t get enough content starring Gertie. For others it may fall a little short as the stories don’t have as much depth as a full issue would have. For those individuals I would recommend reading the series and then come back to this one.