Rating if the Book Were a Movie: PG-13
Writer: Skottie Young
Artist: Brett Bean
Colors: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letters: Nate Piekos
Cover: Brett Bean
Editor: Marla Elzik
Publisher: Image Comics
Story: 3.7 Stars
Artwork: 3.7 Stars
Cover Artwork: 3.9 Stars
Dialogue: 3.8 Stars
Mechanics: 3.8 Stars
Editing: 3.8 Stars
About the Book:
Gertrude has done what King Cloudeus asked of her. She has killed all of the other Gertrude’s from other dimensions, thus ensuring that when she leaves she’ll never return to Fairyland. Here’s the rub. Cloudeus did not communicate the part of the plan where Gertrude was supposed to walk through the portal WITH Thomas, whom she just shoved through the portal. Now Gertrude is once again trapped in Fairyland, and not pleased.
The further I get into Gertrude’s adventures the more I can relate to her. She’s doing whatever she can to leave Fairyland. Even when she does everything she was supposed to she finds a way to fluff it up and her hellish existence continues. It’s a lot like my 9-5. The key difference being Gertrude has the ability to tell the powers that be to “Fluff Off” with minimal repercussions.
Gertrude’s personality is what makes I Hate Fairyland so great. No matter what emotion she is experiencing she goes at 100 MPH. She is unapologetic and isn’t afraid to call it like it is. We need more Gertrudes in our life.
This cover is a bit on the gruesome side of things. This title isn’t marketed towards children so I’m okay with that. It shows just how desperate Gertie is to leave Fairyland. She’s ready to fight anyone to the death, including other versions of herself. I love the maniacal expression on her face.
For me a big part of what makes I Hate Fairyland so special is the interior artwork. It helps emphasize the perception that in this world anything is possible. That magical feeling meshes with the story to bring the entire book to another level.
There is gore in this issue. The artwork tones it down; but it’s still there. If that’s not your thing this may not be the book for you. If you’re okay with that this geek on a budget strongly urges you to check out I Hate Fairyland.