The curious Alice follows a flustered white rabbit to a magical land of talking animals, evil queens, and enough riddles to strain any logically inclined brain. It’s all here: a hookah-smoking caterpillar, a mad hatter, potions to drink, cookies to eat, and a Cheshire cat. Alice discovers that Wonderland may be a fascinating place to visit, but you don’t want to live there . . .
* Eisner and Ignatz Award-nominated Rod Espinosa adapts Lewis Carroll’s Alice!
The time-honored tale of the girl who fell down the rabbit hole comes to life in this newest adaptation by Rod Espinosa. I’m sure everyone has heard of the story of Alice in Wonderland by now, if not, it’s all good. However, for those of you who are big into comics and are curious about the story, this is the perfect introduction. This version has a nice blend of the core story with some of the quips and gags from the Disney animated movie (whether intentionally or not). Now, since this is essentially the entire story minus Through the Looking Glass, there’s not much that I can really comment on that hasn’t already been said before. So, with that in mind, I’ll just get right down to it.
Now, I really love the story of Alice in Wonderland, so I’ve read quite a few variations of the story, some more horrifying than others, but this one holds up well. I really like the manga-esque look to this one. It gives it this real unique innocence that harkens back to the days of imaginary adventures. Such a simple concept, yet one that tends to be overlooked in this day and age. I mean, a lot of the current books and TV shows for kids just seem like they try too hard to either be funny or kid-friendly and they just come off dumbed-down and annoying. Rod Espinosa has brought forth this new rendition of the girl whose curiosity got the better of her and highlighted everything that just makes this story so endearing. I also liked the, again, intentionally or not, cameo of Jay Leno as the Mad Hatter (I can’t be the only one who sees this).
So, it looks like I can add this to my list of good looking books. Without being nit-picky, I really could not find anything that I didn’t like about it. It’s got all of the whimsy and charm of the original, with art that really pops off the page. Whether a first timer or, a long time Wonderland fan, this is a great edition to add to your collection.
Well, I believe I’ve given this book all the praise it deserves. Rod Espinosa really knew what he was doing with this adaptation and the pages themselves prove it. The Alice in Wonderland Hardcover is well worth it, especially for the younger comic readers. I definitely recommend grabbing this one or it’ll be OFF WITH YOUR HEAD! For more info on where to pick up this book, visit the Dark Horse Comics website or the Dark Horse Comics Facebook page. Purchase it on Kindle at Amazon.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.