Last issue, Gert and Larry took a break from finding their way home to go to Dungeon Festexpocon. There, she met her hero, Gwag. He didn’t like Gert, but Gert the cosplayer did. But she died, as is the fate of many in this series…
So Gert has gone good. Embracing her ninja (no, samurai!) ways, she and Larry go on a quest to save a baby from the city of Shiitake, from some mushrooms. She does so with ease and murder, but the going good isn’t easy, when Gert finds out that technically the mushrooms were saving the baby, and its mother just ate it alive. Now what?
For anyone that doesn’t know, I Hate Fairyland is Skottie Young’s first creator-owned series. He does a fantastic job of keeping this story entertaining—and ridiculously so. Young’s commentary at the beginning and end of each issue adds a unique and personable aspect to the story, like Young himself is reading it with us.
Other than that, the writing is flawless. If you’ve read this series, you know it’s not for kids. There is a lot of innuendo going on in this issue, all of the sexual nature. For people who are old enough to appreciate such humor, this issue is hilarious. Otherwise, sex and murder aren’t the greatest topics to joke about. If you’re easily offended, this probably isn’t the best series for you. If you can appreciate a good joke, this series was made for you.
Gert’s personality has shifted quite a bit as she has been trying to “go good,” but we can clearly tell that she needs to try way too hard for this; she wasn’t meant to be good. It’s Gert, come on. Young knows, too, since at the end of this issue, Gert removes her ninja (SAMURAI!) gear and walks along with Larry at her side.
Speaking of Larry, he and Gert have an amazing relationship. They are opposites, so they perfectly balance each other out. It’s really great to see that Larry is still with her, or else we probably wouldn’t get nearly as much commentary from Gert as we do, and that’s half the humor in this series!
I have no idea where this series is going to lead us, but I’m stoked to find out!
Young’s Chibi art style works perfectly with the plotline. With such an over-the-top script, Young has to have a versatile, unrealistic art style. I mean, this series is as fantasy as it gets. The highly-animated nature of his illustrations help a lot with emphasizing emotions and intentions—especially in close-ups (in this issue, they were of Gert and a Shiitake mushroom).
Jean-Francois Beaulieu’s colors also help with the overall tone of the story. Yeah, it’s about adventure, intrigue, murder, fantasy, and really heavy themes, but the lighthearted artwork counters that perfectly. We see a lot of pastels, bright, bold hues, and light shadows that make sure things don’t look too dramatic. Even the artwork seems to poke fun at the subject matter, and I couldn’t have picked a better team for such an amazing series.
If you haven’t read any of this series yet, you’re missing out. We’re at issue #12, so there’s a bit to catch up on. Make sure to head out to your local comic shop and pick up this series! If you have been keeping up with I Hate Fairyland, make sure to let us know what you think! What do you think is waiting for Gert and Larry next?
Written & Illustrated by: Skottie Young
ComicWow! Rating 7 out of 10