There is no comic series more fun than I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young right now. The misadventures of Gertrude as she kills every cute and cuddly thing in sight is a quality break from everything else I read. So, when Young announced he was doing an issue for Free Comic Book Day, I knew what I needed to grab most.
But, much to my surprise in October, another version of the free book was released with added content. At first, I scoffed at the idea of paying money for a comic I already read for free. However, I had learned that there were some very special cameos involved that I just could not pass up. We will get back to that. Anyways, I broke down and bought this book finally.
I hope everyone was lucky enough to grab a copy of I Hate Image during last year’s Free Comic Book Day. If you weren’t, or you totally forget what happened, let’s recap.
Gertrude continues her search for home. In this new adventure, she is on a hunt for “the partners.” She travels through many dimensions, which are recognisable Image comic series including Saga, Walking Dead, Black Science and Paper Girls. After making good friends with Spawn- because, she would- she makes it to Image headquarters. Without much conversation, she quickly massacres all of Image’s famous partners including Kirkman, McFarlane, and Silvestri.
It was beautiful; Young created one of the best fourth-wall breaking stories you could ever read, with references in spades from everything you love from Image.
So, what about this added content, you say?
The final pages of the special edition involve Young himself, in his beautiful self-portraits, working on further issues. He begins to receive calls from other creators in the industry including one Jeff Lemire- who I happen to be a bit of a fan of. Also included in the cameos are Rob Liefeld, a nude Chip Zdarsky, and Kirkman asking for a second cameo. Obviously, Gertrude makes short work of them all.
Additionally, the special release includes the full original script for the story, as well as some of Young’s process artwork. Which to me is always interesting.
Needless to say, I love this comic book. Anything that is not like everything else but manages to incorporate everything else is a brilliant piece of work. Young continues to shine, and they should consider making him the next Image partner because he needs to head more projects. Adding a Jeff Lemire cameo is one easy way to win me over.
One of the best single issues that a comic nerd could read, bottom line.