So here we are for another installment of I Hate Fairyland. This book has been one of my runaway favorites of the year, just getting better as we go down the rabbit hole. With Skottie Young’s pencils, we get a super cutesy and adorable book, with lots of gore and violence to tag along. Not to mention he is also writing the story to go with his own art, which helps moving it all along in a very fluid way.
In this arc titled “How to Drain Your Dragon” we are tagging along with Gertrude, yet again trying to figure out how she can get out of Fairyland once and for all. We are introduced to a new character here Duncan, who is dressed up like a Dragon because every day is Halloween! Duncan ends up drinking way too many Fairy-Freezy’s and has to go pee like one would. I will leave his part in the story at that so you have a reason to go read this one and you should. No seriously, go read it, you’ll thank me later.
The meat of this issue focuses on Larry and Gert doing their usual terrible things in Fairyland. As always their dialog is the highlight here throughout the book. This relationship is what makes this so good, the quips back and forth are just picture perfect. Young is so tuned into Gert as a character and makes her feel alive, real, and delusional. Everything from the almost curses like “Muffin Fluffing” to how she dispatches those around her with such swiftness and violence. Even throwing some meta-comments in as we go along, picking on his own story devices.
Again going back to art, Jean-Francois Beaulieu on colors makes every page pop and getting that Fairytale vibe just right. I Hate Fairyland is always a great laugh and has some great dark but no so dark moments in it. Young continues to find ways to make this comedy book continuously good and clever, so long as that keeps up I’ll be looking forward to the next issue of I Hate Fairyland.
9 / 10
Reviewed by Tim Montoya I Hate Fairyland #7 Written by Skottie Young Art by Skottie Young, Jean-Francois Beaulieu Published by Image Release Date: July 20th, 2016