I Hate Fairyland #1

Writer: Skottie Young Artist: Skottie Young Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 14, 2015 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 26
8.6Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Superstar SKOTTIE YOUNG (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of Oz) makes his Image debut with an ALL-NEW SERIES! The Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes it's cute little face against Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness has arrived. In an adventure that ain't for the little kiddies, (unless you have super cool parents, then whatever), you'll meet Gert-a six year old girl who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for thirty years and will hack and slash her way through anything to find her way back home. Join Gert and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HA more

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Oct 4, 2015

    I Hate Fairyland is like Candyland seen through the prism of John Kricfalusi.  It's filled with the dark humor that we've come to love and expect from the likes of Lenore and Invader Zim.  It takes the tropes from classic children's tales and kicks them right in the balls before ripping their hearts right out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Oct 14, 2015

    I Hate Fairyland isthe book meant to fill the void for something you didn't even know you needed. This is equal parts fun, dramatic, and action-filled, offering a one-of-a-kind story. While it might seem like a book suitable for kids, this is the best adult-oriented fairytale out there. Much like my favorite not-children's storyGo the F*** to Sleep(by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes),I Hate Fairyland hits all the right childhood memories with the perfect amount of dark humor, weird cursing, and no-holds-barred fun. This book is unlike anything on the stands. Do yourself a solid and make this your new favorite bedtime story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Al Sparrow Nov 8, 2015

    Young's artwork is perfect for this humorous deconstruction of this genre of storytelling, and I get the impression he has always wanted to cut loose like he's doing in these pages. Gertrude is Public Enemy No. 1, has had just about enough of living in Fairyland, and will stop at nothing"and I mean nothing"to escape. I only wonder how far Young is willing to take it, and I'm certainly on board to find out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Inter-Comics Podcast - writingtwentytwopages Oct 15, 2015

    This is a twisted fairy tale with a great central character. The dark humour hits the mark on every page. It is a feast for the eyes and will have you wanting more. Enter Youngs Fairyland and enjoy the ride. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh Sep 4, 2015

    I Hate Fairyland #1 is the comic book equivalent of snorting a whole packet of Pixie Stix, or mainlining a bushel of Sour Patch Kids. It's weaponized sugar, and barring any unexpected crash, we can all look forward to reveling hard in its high every month. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Oct 16, 2015

    I am so, SO impressed with this issue. It’s filthy, it’s funny, and it’s beautiful. If you’re into fantastical and satirical stories, you can’t miss this issue. Skottie Young has really outdone himself here, and I couldn’t be happier for him. Not to mention, we get an AWESOME new series. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Oct 15, 2015

    Ill be heading down to my local comic book store to buy this one. I need it. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Dean Varga Oct 23, 2015

    I Hate Fairyland #1 is a hilariously depraved riff on fairy tale tropes, and a fantastic example of comic books. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopOptiq - Matthew Petras Oct 17, 2015

    Although I do remember saying something about independent creators like Young constantly putting this fear of mine to bed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Levi Hunt Oct 15, 2015

    This book is cute, funny, gruesome and maybe the best Young's art has looked. Again, go buy this comic! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Scott Southard Oct 16, 2015

    The back pages give us a little autobiographical glimpse at Skottie Young's childhood dream to write for Image, which makes this book all the more magical. Besides being a super enjoyable goof-off, we can see the culmination of years of writing and an entire career in comics. I Hate Fairyland is a hell of a first issue, stripping down the exposition to the necessary components and backloading the rest of the issue with ridiculous situations and a quantity of ultra-violence that would make any good horror fan cringe. Every panel is inventive and every line of dialog is biting. If there was ever an embodiment of delight, Skottie Young has found it with his first creator owned comic. At the risk of sounding redundant, I love I Hate Fairyland. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Sep 14, 2015

    I Hate Fairyland #1 doesn't always crank its volume to 11, but when it does, it is a laugh riot. For all of the promise held in this simple premise, it's only through Skottie Young's brain that it truly comes to life. His imagination, attention to detail, and refined ear for crude humor combine to make something a humor comic that's still funny even upon a third and fourth reading. Watching childhood dreams brutally slaughtered has never been more enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Oct 13, 2015

    There's almost too much of a good thing in this first outing, with Gertrude's post-mushroom "puking rally" potentially where readers will be at by the time they hit the last few pages of this debut. Being this unrestrained is a double-edged sword: on the one hand there's never any sense that Young has compromised his vision, but we do get a lot of that vision all at once. Nevertheless, there's a lot to love in I Hate Fairyland, and with the world now set up with a healthy sense of "anything goes," Young has the makings of a cult favourite on his hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Alan Oct 16, 2015

    I Hate Fairyland #1 is an ambitious new entry into the world of creator owned comics. It's refreshing to see a creator try something new like Skottie Young has done here. I recommend buying the book for the art alone, however, I caution this book is not for kids. Don't let the cute characters and bright colors trick you into letting your little girl get her hands on this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 14, 2015

    It's not often books like I HATE FAIRYLAND come along. You'll be both disturbed and entertained at the same time. Skottie Young comes up with some creative and crazy situations for the lead character. The idea of mixing violence with a fairytale vibe may not be new but you likely haven't seen anything like this. Jean-Francois Beaulieu's colors feel brighter than ever and adds a brilliant shine to some occasionally darker moments. With all the set up complete in this issue, the story is just going to get bigger. There's no telling where the series will go from here. This is definitely a book you'll want to fasten your seat belts while reading. The crazy antics Young comes up with will likely knock you off your chair. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Paul Ramos Dec 9, 2015

    I HATE FAIRYLAND #1 can be definitely viewed as iconoclastic, if not entirely sacrilegious. This issue may be as such, but on the broader perspective, I simply just love how Skottie Young flexes his true artistic taste to the next level" LET'S ROCK!!! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Aug 19, 2015

    The first issue does a great job of conveying the potential of the series, giving readers a reason to continue following Gertrude. The splash page of her arrival -- broken and bloody after falling from the sky while both creatures and environment smile dumbly at her in greeting -- is a great single-image summation of the issue. The book makes Gertrude feel like she is put-upon while she lashes out at the world around her for not being what she wants it to be. It's a tale of an adult getting their childhood wishes fulfilled and struggling to reconcile that youthful desire with growth and the inability to leave the past behind. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Oct 14, 2015

    I Hate Fairyland #1 has all the makings of a wonderful comedy. It doesn't try to be anything that it isn't. It's charming, has an insane protagonist, and is a joy to look at. It isn't the smartest title on the stands, and it will turn away a lot of people, but it's hilarious. Skottie's first creator-owned book is definitely one to check out. Just don't give it to your kids. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Aug 24, 2015

    Despite these dangers, I do think it's a solid book. Skottie Young's cartooning is always great to look and his excitement about the locations and actions is contagious. "I Hate Fairyland" is big and funny and broad, surprising because who knows what bananas thing Young's going to throw at us next, occasionally filled with some genuinely clever moments, and packed with great sight-gags. Honestly, the background details are often more entertaining and hysterical than the main plot. Again, watch the moon throughout this issue. I think when Young figures out what he wants out of this, the book will work all the much better and become something you look forward to every month rather than something in the middle of your pull stack that you read, say, "Well, that was fun," before moving on to the next thing. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    AIPT - AiPT! Sep 17, 2015

    Judging by the tepid responses above, this narrowly misses the mark of 'Good' (by .1 in fact!), giving it an average score. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComiConverse - Cody Tromler Oct 20, 2015

    Skottie Young has always brought vibrancy and energy to the comics he works on, whether it be babies fighting other babies or a little girls journey through Oz. I Hate Fairyland has the same amazing art you can come to expect but the writing is lacking in a lot of key areas. Read Full Review

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