Hatter M

I’d be a lot more interested in this comic if it wasn’t illustrated by Ben Templesmith. I can’t read his art — it’s so moody and stylized that I can’t tell what’s supposed to be going on without a strong narrative assist.

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I’m also not particularly interested in a retelling/re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland that postulates the Hatter having a magic hat that “unfolds into a cirlce of polished blades to attack or defend. Carnage accomplished, the blades retract…” That’s just too much violence inserted into a childhood classic for me to be comfortable with it.

I am, however, impressed with author Frank Beddor’s marketing. (Story is co-written with Liz Cavalier, but I’m attributing it to him because he’s the one I spoke to at a convention, strongly cross-selling.) There’s the comic, there’s the book that tells the main story behind the premise of the comic (and it’s first in a promised trilogy), a soundtrack, an online card game, and a teaser trailer.

All this information can be found at the franchise’s website. (There you can also learn that Beddor has previously been a ski champion, stuntman, and producer!) And the property’s logo, shown on the book’s cover, is beautifully elegant.

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7 Responses to “Hatter M”

  1. Paul O'Brien Says:

    “That’s just too much violence inserted into a childhood classic for me to be comfortable with it.”

    In fairness, I’ve read the novel and it’s much, much less violent than the comic is probably leading you to expect. It’s a genuine children’s novel and skews a good five to ten years younger than the comic seems to be aiming for. There’s a war on in the novel, and characters do die, but it’s not a blood-and-guts extravaganza of the sort you’re probably imagining.

  2. Dan Says:

    Okay Johanna, here’s the key to reading Ben Templesmith’s art. First you gotta… no, no that’s not it. Wait, I got it. See first you have to… hmmm… no, that’s not it either. Oh, I know you simply have to…. hmmmm. Perhaps viewing it upside down?

  3. Sebastian Says:

    Well, I actually like Templesmith’s style. His coloration is something I haven’t seen anywhere else and it fits his linework quite well, IMHO (or minimizes its shortcomings).

    BTW: I only noticed Templesmith because of this project, since I’m not into horror, which seems to be his primary subject. But since then I also started with “Wormood: Gentleman Corpse”, because it’s more of a horror comedy than straight splatter.

  4. someone Says:

    I think whoever wrote this article is ignorant and childish themselves. This book is amazing, and one of the few books I haven’t been able to read through since grade school.

  5. Hatter Maddigan Says:

    This series is an amazing literary piece. This novel does not expound on that childish nonsesical novel carol wrote that became a childhood standard. This is a more profound piece focusing on the “What If.” What if it was all true that wonderland existed what if it happned this way or that way. Hatter Maddigans hat is also hardly a magical carnage machine to put an end to a great many then return to a hat.

  6. hatty Says:

    i read the alice in wonderland story and have been gowing through hatter m. The story is like a sexified mad hatter which is something i had not been nesicarily looking for but… do appreciate.

  7. Alice in Wonderland Comics » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] are put into new situations, such as Alice 19th or Alice in the Country of Hearts. Extensions Hatter M and Wonderland tell more stories with the same characters, as does the serious-minded adults-only [...]

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