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Article by Gregg Katzman

There are a lot of great comic book series out there, and they all stick in your memory for totally different reasons. Some of them will make you think about important and topical issues, while others do a brilliant job with drama and emotion. Some comics, however, focus on keeping a smile on your face the entire time. Well, Skottie Young and Jean-Francois Beaulieu’s I Hate Fairyland is definitely one of those comics that aims to make you grin. This Image Comics title is so impressively fun that I can’t stop smiling and laughing whenever I read a new chapter. Every issue is overflowing with creativity and such enjoyable silliness. So, it should come as no surprise that the seventh issue – which, at the time of this writing, goes on sale tomorrow – continued to remind me why I love this beautiful, clever, and hilarious series so very much.


The goal here is to sell you – yes, you – on checking out I Hate Fairyland, so just to be safe, I’ll be as spoiler-free as possible because I’m sure some of you haven’t read the comic series yet. Hopefully that’ll change after reading this article, right? Anyway, I Hate Fairyland has a pretty straightforward premise: a young girl, Gert, randomly fell into Fairyland, which is a magical place that’s full of surreal creatures and locations. To get back home, Gert just had to find a key – simple as that. Unfortunately, decades passed and Gert – whose body didn’t age at all – was never able to find it. Spending so many years in Fairyland really got to her, and eventually, Gert turned into an adorable but also frightening killing machine. When she’s around, no one is safe – not even the moon! The story is purposely over-the-top and all kinds of absurd. If you can roll with the silliness, you’re going to have a blast. Otherwise, the comic obviously isn’t for you.


If you’re familiar with Skottie Young’s artwork (and you should be), then you know the dude is second to none when it comes to bringing cute characters and environments to life. In I Hate Fairyland, the guy goes all out and every page is an animated and immersive treat for your eyes. The characters are expressive, the world feels alive, and so much imagination goes into each of the designs. Throw in Jean-Francois Beaulieu’s gorgeous, attention-grabbing coloring and the end result is a story that looks downright amazing. Just look at the panel of the kid dressed as a dragon in the page above this paragraph. Go on, look at it. I don’t know about you, but the combination of the costume and his expression fills me with joy. And while many are familiar with Skottie’s cute covers, this comic proves he’s also capable of unleashing some very twisted humor. Whether it’s gruesome slapstick or sharp dialogue, this story always manages to make me laugh.


I Hate Fairyland #7 is all about Gert trying yet again to leave Fairyland. Will she succeed this time around? Odds are you’re confident the answer is “no”, but that’s not what matters. What matters is this issue’s pages are a total delight, the dialogue continues to be hysterical, and everything else – story progression, character designs, new locations – is incredibly entertaining. Embrace the ridiculousness that is I Hate Fairyland and I guarantee that most of you will absolutely love it.

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