Wonderland #1

Since this is one of the titles resulting from Slave Labor’s deal with Disney, it shouldn’t be surprising that it has more in common with the cartoon movie than the book. It’s set after Alice has left Wonderland, and it stars the White Rabbit and his compulsive housemaid Mary Ann.

Wonderland #1 cover
Wonderland #1
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I found that I enjoyed the title more when I thought of it as existing in its own right instead of trying to tie it closely to someone else’s mythology. It’s imaginative and creative, but a little distracting if you treat it as though you already know these characters.

Mary Ann, though, is almost completely new, and she also appears to be somewhat twisted. I suppose it’s a good idea for someone who’s obsessive about dirt to be employed as a cleaner.

Most twisted (in a very good way) is Sonny Liew‘s art. His style combines the best of fine illustration, manga, and animation influences. He’s a terrific choice for a place like Wonderland, where the rules keep changing.

The story isn’t really the point, but here’s the gist of it: the Queen of Hearts believes that the White Rabbit was conspiring with Alice against her. Since Alice is gone, she’s going to get the rabbit for treason. The pink-striped Chesire Cat is hanging around as well, stirring up trouble.

Issue #2 is out now, in which they’re on the run from the Queen. Slave Labor has a series of links about the title.

One Response to “Wonderland #1”

  1. Johanna Says:

    Someone from Slave Labor responded at their livejournal, taking issue with one of my comments here.

    I wasn’t able to respond at their site, but I sent an email saying this, in the hopes of better explaining my opinion and phrasing.

    I’m sorry my review comment “The story isn’t really the point.” caused misunderstanding! I completely agree with you that the magic of comics occurs in the combination of story and art, and both are necessary.

    What I was trying to get across was that this, for me, was a very art-driven project, and I would recommend it on that basis. Some comics I follow for the story and/or characters, regardless of the artist’s skill; others I follow because of their art, regardless of how well or poorly the story is told. The best combine strengths in both for synergy, but that’s rare and wonderful.

    In issue #1 of this title, there’s not much story, in my opinion; it’s mostly setup for issues to come. Pointing that out isn’t intended to dismiss Kovac’s work. That’s an unfortunate side effect of a 24-page length, because there’s just not much room to do more when you need to introduce new readers to the world.

    I hope this helps clarify my earlier comment.




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