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I Hate Fairyland #1

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Sometimes characters don't live happily ever after, but you'll be happy you picked up this book.

Note: Originally reviewed on August 20, 2015.

When it comes to the mind of Skottie Young, you have to wonder if he's just brilliant or perhaps a little...something else. If you're familiar with Skottie's art or writing you have an idea what to expect. You could say his art style is a little on the cutesy side but he takes the cutesy and crams it in your face. This may be a story taking place in 'Fairyland' but it's unlike any fairytales you may have read in your youth.

The story focuses on a young girl namedGertrude. Like many young children, she dreamed of visiting magical places. Skottie gives her that wish with an extremely violent journey. Scared and alone, she wishes to make her way back home. She is told how and given a companion but cut to twenty-seven years later--she's still there. She's aged but her body hasn't. She isn't too happy.

There's so much that is just right about this book and a lot that is so wrong (in a good way). Young doesn't shy away from taking things to extreme places. There is plenty of violence along with some language and gestures unbefitting of a little girl. That's what makes this book so delightful. Just when you think you know how far Young will go, he takes it a little further.

Young's story is compelling. We've seen numerous stories with the lead character going to a fantastical land. It's not often we see the land isn't as magical as you would think. There is a pretty hardcore vibe that is absurd in some ways but it's also what hooks you onto it all. Because it's Fairyland, it feels like the skies the limit. There could be countless areas and regions for Gertrude to explore. The idea of that is a little cringeworthy after seeing what Gertrude is capable of yet you're going to want to see more.

Young's art is amazing. Being a creator-owned book with slightly mature themes, he's allowed to cut loose a little more. While the violence isn't over the top, we do see some brutal scenes and damage being done to characters, Gertrude included. It all has a nice vibrant feel courtesy of Jean-Francois Beaulieu's colors.

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.

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BR_Havoc

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I thought I was being to hard on this boom with my pre release judgement but after reading the issue I will say I was spot on. The book is really dumb, I feel it will have trouble catching on with Young's normal fan base.

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Cannot wait to pick this up today. So excited. My shop is also auto pulling the alternate F**k Fairyland covers for me.

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@br_havoc: your right.what the world really needs is more Avengers!or maybe The Superior Avengers.Avenger Adventures?

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@ob1on3r: Did not say that in the slightest, what I did say is my prejudgement of reading this issue was spot on and for the people that buy Young's work who come into the store ( I work at a comic shop) they have turned this book down. It's an odd choice for someone who is known as the cutesy artist to go ultra violent when its A not what his fan base expected and B is not really a fun book, It tries so hard and its eye rolling at times.

I commend Young for trying something new but this book will be a love it or hate it book and that was not what Image wanted since they printed a ton of them, hoping this would be a huge hit.

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@br_havoc: no offense man but I think it's supposed to be over the top tongue in cheek and how as a Scottie young fan would you not enjoy this his style is cutesy, but isn't that why people enjoy his style plus he gets to use his own style on his own story and not the normal DC Marvel crap that everybody else has been cramming down our eye holes. I think it's a great premise for a story and I think he was just the one to do it.

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@ob1on3r: I understand its supposed to be tongue in cheek but in what I have scene today at work many people have come in picked the book up flipped through it and put it back. That is never a good thing, so I think this tongue and cheek idea is lost on the fan base he is trying to appeal to. It's kind of like when Millar made the Unfunnies it was supposed to be tongue and cheek yet the audience did not respond well to it at all ( Didn't help it was total garbage).

So with amount of hype this book has got from every comic book site and all these glowing reviews month and months before it came out, Image wanted this to be big like Saga big and I simply don't think this book has what it takes to appeal to that broad of an audience.

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@br_havoc: unless image straight said we expect this to sell like saga I doubt they were expecting it to. Very few books are Saga popular anyway. They did however put a strong marketing campaign behind a book from a well know creator. My shop sold a lot of copies. Your shops is only one data point. I bet this book does very well for at least a few months and maintains high enough sales for Skottie to do dozens of issues should he want to.

I don't think he is trying to appeal to any fan base either. Like many image creators he is probably creating something "he would want to read". At image expo creators frequently reiterate this and it seems to really work for many people at the company.

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@themantisshrimp: Image gave this book so much press with glowing reviews from other creators sent out advanced copies and then paid sites to write fluff pieces telling people to pre order there issues now. It was terribly obvious they where trying to make a break out hit and there is nothing wrong with that other then the fact hits just happen, you can not manufacturer them on the indie scene.

Your right that my shop is only one data point but I do see the book being easily found in a few years due to the larger print run and a story line that has a niche audience, sales will be fine for the first 3 issues but I think you will see a sharp decline like most image titles ( other then Vaughn's stuff) . I have nothing against Young for trying to make this book my issue here is that a company is trying to manufacture a hit and setting it up to fail in the long run.

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only heard about this title a couple days ago so had low-to-mild expectations, and picked up the F*** Fairyland variant. loved the book, and of course, loved Skottie's artwork. great, great surprise.

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@br_havoc i have to agree - i pre-ordered it (i don't just read dc/marvel; i thought the premise was interesting; but once i saw some previews i got cold feet) and picked it up from my shop (i always feel bad leaving behind something i've had them pull) ... it just felt like it was trying too hard. i support the idea of creators doing what they want, and suspect that @themantisshrimp is right (based both of reading it and listening to some interviews young has one) that this is something that felt right for young, but felt (and looked) totally flat to me.

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Just read it and I have to say...good fluffing luck not enjoying this one!the art is excellent the colour is spot on(no pun intended)and there's so many little innuendos its hard to stop reading.the setup is insane!sorry BR but I disagree with you fully.this story is gobbledy gold!

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And I'd rather try to fail....than fail to try?Do your thing skottie?

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WOW!! finally a comic book for me!

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@br_havoc: Your comic store sounds better than mine, if you even open a comic up to look at it the guy yells at you to stop. Glad I started buying comics digitally now.

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Fluffing adorable!

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@currentthor2015: I have seen stores like that before, Never made sense to me. People should be allowed to flip threw a title check out the art and see a bit of the story with no context to see if they are even interested.

Stan Lee used to say its the art that sells the book and the story that brings people back for more. How can people judge something literally off its cover?