Wonderland by Raven Gregory

January 23, 2013 Review 0 ★★★

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Wonderland by Raven GregoryWonderland, Volume One by Raven Gregory
Series: Grimm Fairy Tales: Wonderland #6
Published by Zenescope Entertainment on January 22, 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 161
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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Calie Liddle is BACK! And the series that every Zenescope fan has been waiting for is finally here. When Calie escaped from Wonderland she wanted to believe she was finally free from the realm of madness. She wanted to believe she could live a normal life. But she was wrong. Now Calie and her daughter Violet are on the run from the realm of madness. Meanwhile, a child returns from a carnival with a special hat that will mean murder and chaos for all those who cross his path. The Wonderland ongoing series begins NOW!

Stop! Before you pick this novel up to read, please know that while it’s labelled as Volume 1, it is, in fact, sixth in the Grimm Fairy Tales: Wonderland series.

It’s definitely important to note that this is not, in fact, the first. There are a lot of references to earlier novels, and while the editor has made it easy to pinpoint the references and even goes so far as to tell you where to look for them, it could be a bit confusing.

On the other hand, though, the confusion is par for the course in anything that is meant to be Wonderland. And this graphic novel provides a really fantastic and interesting view of what happened in Wonderland, and in the real world. Like all the Grimm Fairy Tales novels, this is a dark and twisted novel that is a lot of fun to read.

The pace is gripping and will keep you turning pages well into the night to find out what happens next. Calie Liddle is an intriguing character whose love for her daughter, Violet, is clear in everything she does. The Mad Hatter is mad, and twisted and that madness is infectious. And the Queen of Spades is deliciously evil with just enough sanity to make her insanity that much scarier.

The art isn’t amazing or innovative, but it tells the story and it tells it well. Yes, the girls are generally scantily clad, but in comics most girls are, so that isn’t unusual in the slightest. What really struck me, though, was the lettering for the queens! The white on black for the Queen of Spades was unique, as was the white on red for the other queen. Unfortunately, white on red is difficult to read in places.

This was a lot of fun to read!

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