When my almost three-year old son is not running around the house yelling, “I’m pooping, I’m pooping!” (why my son has to run to poop is a true mystery), he wants me to read him a fairytale story. I usually end up reading him the same four books throughout the week; The Runaway Bunny, Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. From time to time, I will try to swap out Goodnight Moon with something else to keep my sanity, but my son will have none of that. So there I am reading the same stories over and over again. After two years of reading the same books, I have developed a hatred for the bunny, the moon, Max, and that damn caterpillar.
Scottie Young, writer/artist/father must have experienced the same situation I’m currently going through when he created I Hate Fairyland. I Hate Fairyland is a warped take on children stories with moments of dark humor – imagine if Alice in Wonderland was written by Wes Craven and directed by Quentin Tarantino and you’d be close to the twisted, horrific story Scottie Young concocted.
So far, five issues have hit the stands and they all have been crazier than the idea of deep fried Oreos, but just as good as deep fried Oreos. I don’t want to get too descriptive because I don’t want to ruin your experience of enjoying it for the first time. Know this: there is absolutely nothing like this comic on the market right now, and that’s what makes it a refreshing read.
The story starts off with a little girl, Gertrude, getting sucked into Fairyland. There she is tasked with the mission to find a key. If she is successful, she will be released from Fairyland. The story then fast-forwards thirty years later and we discover that Gertrude has yet to find the key. Over the years Gertrude has matured mentally but not physically. Needless to say, Gertrude is a bit pissed off that she hasn’t found that key, and has developed some violent tendencies during her journey.
Gertrude’s Michael Myers hack-and-slash style to find the key has upset the Princess of Fairyland resulting in the Princess hiring Conan-like assassins, witches, and others to find a way to kill Gertrude, but none have come close. Therefore, the Princess decided to suck another little girl into Fairyland to find the key hoping that if the new guest obtains the key before Gertrude that Gertrude would no longer be needed within Fairyland and could be…disposed of.
Scottie Young’s art is perfect for this kind of story and I can’t say enough about how well the issues are colored by Jean-Francois Beaulieu. Issue #5 just hit the stands so journey on down to your local comic book shop and pick it up. Consume Review Repeat gives I Hate Fairyland 8 out of 10 battle axes.