Sunday, April 26, 2009

Wonderland HC

Tommy Kovac & Sonny Liew
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I loved loved loved this all-ages comic. I'm not particularly fond of Disney's Alice In Wonderland (though I don't not like it, I suppose), but this sequel of sorts is stunning. Fun, witty and just plain gorgeous, Tommy Kovac and Sonny Liew continue Disney's version of the Lewis Carroll story with familiar faces, as well as some new ones. The protagonist of this new tale is Mary Ann, the White Rabbit's maid whom he mistakes Alice for in the original story. Mary Ann is a no-nonsense maid who happens to be obsessive-compulsive about making things pristinely clean. If she gets dirty, she gets a little crazy - if she sees a dirty dirt road, she'll dust like no tomorrow. She's utterly likable and is drawn beautifully, as is the rest of the book, by Sonny Liew with delicate lines and cartoony characters, in stunning colors. I'm kind of surprised more people aren't talking about this book, but I'm glad that Liew is at least being recognized and getting work at Marvel, doing covers for the new Pride and Prejudice mini-series and even doing a back-up story in the latest Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man (#50). Kovac came up with some pretty imaginative ideas for this sequel of sorts, touching on the fate of the other suits of cards, and reintroducing favorites like the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat, and a butterfly-morphed caterpillar. This book is brimming with creativity and you have to pause to admire the artwork often, while taking in fun panel arrangements and the craziness that comes with this backwards world that Alice left behind (and the repercussions of her visit are felt in every corner of Wonderland). This is an absolute treat for readers of any age and should not be missed.

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