Wonderland: Asylum 1

During a skirmish with the Madder Hatter and the Dark Cheshire Cat, Violet flees through the looking glass.  Now she finds herself in Wonderland, the very place her mother had been running from for so long.  It turns out, however, that Violet is not alone.  Who is this mysterious new stranger and are they friend or foe?  Find out in the thrilling new mini-series from the creative mind of Pat Shand, Wonderland: Asylum.  There is no escape from the madness.

The time has come for Violet to experience the horrors of Wonderland first-hand.  All her life, she’s heard her mother tell stories about this place, all of the horrors Calie endured while trapped in here and everything that had followed her out.  It is a place of pure evil and no one should ever have to witness what goes on in there.  Unfortunately, Violet found herself caught between a rock and a hard place and chose the lesser of two evils at the time.  Down Violet goes, down the rabbit hole, reliving the tragedy that is the Liddle family.  Now she’s in a world unknown to her, with a lurking terror her only companion.  The time has come for Violet to show off her newfound abilities and begin her trial in Wonderland.  Will she succeed, or succumb to the darkness?  Meanwhile, in an insane asylum on Earth, the evil of Wonderland has begun recruiting new madmen to fill the void that Calie had left from her previous run-through.  It seems like, no matter Calie and Violet do, Wonderland finds a way to seep into the dark recesses of the Earth realm.  It may be up to Violet to finally put an end to the terror that is Wonderland.

Now it’s really time for Violet to shine.  She’s lived her life in fear of Wonderland, but now she’s ready to take it on full-force.  This series is about Violet and how she deals with being on her own against all of the horrors her mother had been telling her about and that’s what I like about this issue and what’s to come with this series.  The Wonderland series as a whole has always centered around Alice and Calie, primarily Calie though, so now we get to see what the new generation brings to the table.  Violet’s upbringing was different than Calie’s.  She didn’t have the mother with psychological issues and suicidal tendencies, she didn’t have the adulterous father, or sadistic younger brother.  All Violet had was Calie and their eventual nomadic existence.  Sure, there was the constant threat of some monstrosity from a hell dimension slaughtering them at moment’s notice, but they had each other.  Calie was there for Violet, protected her, and taught her everything she knew about how to survive Wonderland.  Violet’s on her own now and with Pat’s great track record of writing badass women, Violet is going to be a force to be reckoned with.  This is just a great issue that sets us off on Violet’s path toward awesomeness.

I honestly couldn’t find anything that I didn’t like.  The artwork was a little iffy, but it works out with the disorder and chaos of Violet’s time in Wonderland.  I’m looking forward to what’s to come and to see how Violet grows throughout this series.  Pat has yet to let me down, so I know it’s going to be great.

With Calie out of the picture, Violet must now venture forth into insanity itself.  There’s no telling what new horrors she will have to face, but she’s been preparing for this for as long as she can remember.  It’s time Violet experience what her whole family has, so she knows how best to stop it.  So, pick up Wonderland: Asylum 1 and watch the newest generation of Liddle gives Wonderland a run for its money.  You’d be crazy to miss this one.  For more info on where to find this issue, visit the Zenescope website, or the Zenescope Facebook page.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions belong to the individual reviewer.

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