Title: Alice in Wonderland
Author: Jun Abe
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
If you read my reviews you will notice an odd difference with this one. It might seem as if I was speaking ever so posh or formal during this review. It is because I just finished this lovely manga and whenever I read something that has a classy or posh written style, I acquire that style of speaking myself, for a while…
My love for wonderland and anything slightly wonderland related is quite serious and contagious. So read this review at your own risk.
When I saw this lovely manga winking at me on the shelves of NetGalley I had to take a closer look.
What is it about:
Manga publishing pioneer TOKYOPOP is back … bringing readers Disney Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” a retelling of the film in manga style, as buzz builds for the “Alice Through the Looking Glass” May film release. Hardcover collectible with exclusive bonus features and illustrations from renowned artist Jun Abe! Alice Kingsleigh was a young girl when she visited the magical world of Underland for the first time. Now a teenager, she spots a white rabbit at a garden party and tumbles down a hole after him where she is reunited with her old friends. Alice soon learns it is her destiny to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror.
It is, as it is stated, based on the first half of Tim Burton’s movie of Alice and Wonderland.
It was a fun quick read since the illustrations are vibrant and familiar. It is based on the style of the movie but at the same time, it pays tribute to the older illustrations of the classic Alice and Wonderland novels. It was also filled with classic Manga expressions which made the characters much more comical and expressive than in the movie.
My favourite drawings were of Chessur Cat. Obviously.
The white rabbit with the waistcoat was drawn more cuddly and cute. I thought he was just lovely. I also loved this Manga’s version of Hatter. He had a more glum look that I thought suited him perfectly and almost an element of Dr. Seuss in his eyes. The white queen was beautiful and she was drawn very petite and pretty.
I am someone who is able to quote Alice and Wonderland so I could immediately spot when a new sentence was entered into the manga but it fitted nicely and I enjoyed the changes made.
What I liked:
There was this one scene where Hatter is just sitting on his head with his legs crossed. I loved it. How fun would it not be to just be able to randomly go and sit on your head and look at others as if they are the ones that are upside down.
I find the thought quite amusing.
What I did not like:
I did not like that it was only the first half. I thought it was one manga based on the whole movie.
All Tim Burton fans and readers who want to move to wonderland this one is for you. An easy light read that gives you a new experience of Wonderland with all the glory of the film.
This manga is getting 3 fluttering snowflakes.