Gail Williams loves fairyland!
Once upon a time there was a little girl who spent too much time and money in comic shops. Last Saturday this little girl went to the comic shop and spent too much once again, and among the other purchases were two first issues, Switch and I Hate Fairyland.
Well how do you ignore a title like that?
And how do you ignore a cover that features a little girl gritting her teeth whilst stood on a magic mushroom she’s just brained with a big and bloody axe? Not to mention the bomb held behind her.
So, children, oh you wonderfully sick and twisted individuals you, are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. Gertrude is a happy little girl, the pink fluffy bunny prince with a magic wand, kind of girl. And she wished that she could be taken away to an amazing world filled with wonder, and magic and laughter and joy. Well we all know to be careful what you wish for:
Unlike Dorothy, Gertrude doesn’t land in Wonderland miraculously uninjured and all sweetness and light. All she wants, understandably, is to go home. So Queen Cloudia (who has hair to match the description) says that there’s a back door for Gertrude to go home, as long as she finds the key, which should take a couple of days. So off Gertrude trots with Larrigon Wentsworth III, a buzzing little fly with a map of fairyland in his hat.
Turn the page and … it’s twenty-seven years later.
Twenty-seven minutes of watching kids TV makes me want to kill someone, so I totally get how Gerty feels after twenty-seven years. She quickly gets sick of the moon narrating so shoots him down, and all the witness stars too.
Queen Cloudia sees the falling stars and soon admiration turns to revulsion. Seeing red, she want rid of Gerty. But this is Fairyland, and there are rules. Rules that she, with a knowing grin, just has to find a way around…
Now there is one thing every good fairytale needs, and that’s a great villain. A hero is nothing if he or she hasn’t got a villain to fight. Surprisingly, Gertrude isn’t exactly a villain, but she’s great fun.
When you have kids, you will know that they can find some inventive ways of “cussing out”, Gertrude is no different. It never occurred to me that “Fluff” could be used as a swear word, but by God does it get used to great aplomb in this one. “Muffing hugging” is another she comes up with.
Do I like this? Oh yeah! This is so not for kids, but if you like Norman, you’ll like this one. I give it a good four (nearly five) out of five (lost one because I didn’t give out a laugh out loud, and this is the kind of funny that should have tickled my twisted sense of humour). But this is great, give it a go.
Gail lives in her own private dungeon populated with all the weird and
the wonderful she can imagine. Some of it’s very weird, and the odd bits
and pieces are a bit wonderful. Well okay, she lives in Swansea with
her husband and daughter. And the world’s most demanding cat. To find
out more about Gail, check out www.gailbwilliams.co.uk - Dare you!