Wonderland 34

Calie and Dark Cheshire enter the mountains of Rime and Rune in search for the Antipathies, a powerful trio that must be cured of their madness. After finding and healing them, they lead Calie to the Well of Dreams. Meanwhile, a mysterious Realm Knight named the Squire fends off an incorporeal evil called Terror, who infects the dreams of Wonderland’s denizens. But how long can she stop this dark force without the White Queen’s help?

In this issue of Wonderland, Calie Liddle has cured the Antipathies of their madness. They lead her to the Well of Dreams to gain valuable insight. Meanwhile, The Squire is facing against a powerful force of evil known only as Terror. There are dark forces at work in this land of wonder, and Calie seeks to stop them with some help from her friends.

This is a very confusing story, with many strange names and locals that need to be constantly explained to the audience. In comics, less is more, and you can show without telling. Unfortunately Wonderland tends to tell, and it tells often and relentlessly. Countless paragraphs of needless exposition block the fantastic art, describing things to an unnecessary and frankly confusing degree. The art is incredible though, Manuel Preitano has a fantastic eye for character design.

The character Terror strikes me as especially awesome, with his mouths for eyes and ethereal slobber. Terror talks way too much though, stating over and over exactly how bad he is and how he can’t be stopped. This is a prevalent issue among the dialog. There are many well drawn splash pages hindered by needless monologue and description of things that are already on the page. Furthermore, the tone of the dialog is very inconsistent, shifting between vague poise of “what means to dream” to F-bombs and descriptions of graphic violence.

Besides this, however, Wonderland is a good book. There’s a lot of information to take in, however, and as a new reader of the series and the Grimm Fairy Tales I had to read it several times. If you’re a fan of this universe, this is another solid chapter. But if you’re just tuning in, I recommend starting at the beginning. To find more about Wonderland or other books in the Grimm Fairy Tales universe, check out the Zenescope website or Facebook page.

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.

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