- Posted by Johanna on October 1, 2006 at 5:30 pm
- Category: Indy Comic Reviews
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.
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.