The adult life of Alice in Wonderland is explored in this twisted graphic novel series from Zenescope. The story and characters we are all familiar with are given a dark and grown-up makeover where the frightening Jabberwocky has held Alice hostage. Her escape and plot to get rid of the monster is the driving force of this story.
I love a good re-imagining, with the graphic novel series Fables being one of my favourites. I’m by no means prudish when it comes to comic book art as I know that’s fairly standard to sexualize the female characters but boy was I not expecting the extent of it in this. The image on the cover is probably the tamest outfit that Alice wears (which she actually doesn’t even wear throughout the whole book). So many times I felt awkward about anyone seeing me read this with page after page of extremely scantily-clad women. (Oh the ridiculousness of the reasoning – or lack thereof – for these barely-there outfits)
The story itself is a decent one, even if it was slightly confusing with the “younger Alice” being sent back while Alice proper is left in Wonderland to grow older (and apparently have her clothes shrink as she’s growing older). The Jabberwocky and Cheshire Cat are especially frightening in their portrayal with the disturbing Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts holding their own as well.
Truth be told, the art is very beautifully done. The play on the orientation of the layout and spacing of the boxes at certain points are very clever, working along with the story. While some of the speech bubbles from the Queens were a bit hard to read (white on black, white on red), I’m not sure if that can solely be attributed to my e-copy and perhaps the print version is not as hard on the eyes.
Overall? Decent story but the whole thing left me feeling dirty.
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ (2.5/5 stars)
Available: October 30, 2012
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An eCopy of this graphic novel was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review