This month for the Galactic Comics and Collectibles Book Club we read I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1 published by Image Comics.
From superstar writer and artist Skottie Young (Twig, Strange Academy), comes the first volume of an all-new series of adventure and mayhem.
An Adventure Time / Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes it’s cute little face against grown-up, Tank Girl / Deadpool-esque violent madness. Follow Gert, a forty year old woman stuck in a six year olds body who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who hates Fairyland.
We should start this discussion with a disclaimer. Both myself and Galactic Comics store owner, Paul Eaton, are massive fans of Young’s artwork (each of us have many tattoos of his illustrations). However, many members of the book club had never read the story.
The overall consensus of I Hate Fairyland was positive with small exceptions with one or two group members either lukewarm or complete distain for the book.
Young’s crazy plot and story along with his unique style of art makes for a tremendous volume of comics. The off-the-wall antics of our main character, Gertrude, and her inability to make her way through Fairyland and back to the real world is so crazy it makes the book so much fun and a perfect palate cleanser from the darker and more serious books on the shelves.
The first volume ends in a way that those interested in picking up only book one will be satisfied, but also those who want to continue reading have the option to do so.
Overall, I Hate Fairyland is not your typical book and worth giving a shot. Young continues to amazes us!
Young along with Brett Bean released the first issue of the follow-up I Hate Fairyland series in November.
Join Us In The Book Club
Galactic Comics and Collectibles hosts a book club each month to read and discuss one trade paperback. Each month a group of individuals reads the same book and meets to discuss. Follow along as we discuss these books here as well. Next month we will read Thanos by Donny Cates.