Now that Calie is responsible for the safety of the denizens of Wonderland, she finds herself constantly pulled back and forth between the Realm of Dreams and Earth. However, when a little girl goes missing in a treacherous forest, Calie must venture into the unknown with Cheshire and the White Rabbit. But little does she know, an even greater evil from Wonderland has found its way back to Earth…
With original series creator Raven Gregory stepping down, Erica J. Heflin now takes over writing duty for Zenescope’s longest running spin-off series. Calie, who is now the White Queen of Wonderland has set out in search of a missing girl. She finds herself wandering through the forest with the aid of the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat and is soon attacked by an amalgamation of a creature, with parts from both man and beast. Calie is more confident than ever now that she’s the only true authority in Wonderland. With all of the power she’s now obtained, she just wants to set things right so that the horrors of Wonderland never plagued anyone ever again. Looking into a case such as this one is exactly the kind of thing Calie is hoping to resolve. Wonderland has been left unchecked for too long and it’s now time to end the nightmares.
With this being her third outing into the series, Erica is creating a nice flow and is doing a great job showing Calie adjusting to her new title. The Rabbit and Cheshire are now acting as Calie’s advisors, enemies who have now become allies, and it’s interesting to see the pointers they expunge. Although their advice may not be the most prudent, it’s always with the Queen’s best interests in mind. I like seeing how these former adversaries execute their precautions for “Queen and country”. I’m also really enjoying the artwork by Vincenzo Riccardi. His style is nicely detailed and is reminiscent of a well drawn animation, maybe even more in the vein of anime. One thing of note is that it just didn’t feel like a lot happened in this issue. I mean, it was pretty much just a setup to introduce the new enemy in Wonderland for Calie to fight. It also felt a bit short, probably because there was a lot of exposition pertaining to the new villain and what the Rabbit was doing while Calie and the Cheshire fought off the cobbled together creature. Don’t get me wrong, I did really enjoy the issue, but to me, it strayed a bit into the “filler issue” category.
My overall impressions are that for fans of the Wonderland series this is one not to be missed. You get to see some new evil a-brewing and yet another fight scene with Calie kicking ass and looking good doing it. Not a great jumping on point, but it’s got enough quality to sway any new reader to the series as a whole. So, go out and grab your copy before their lost in the woods as well. For more info on where to find this issue, visit the Zenescope website, or the Zenescope Facebook page.