Friday, September 17, 2010
Tales from Wonderland Volume 1
Publisher/Year: Zenescope Entertainment, 2009
Artist: Richard Bonk, Talent Caldwell, Michael De Lepine, Joe Dodd, Victor Drujiniu, Alejandro Garza, Garry Henderson, Daniel Leister, David Nakayama, Jim Reddington, Nei Ruffino, Kevin Senft
Writer: Raven Gregory, Ralph Tedesco
Collects: Tales from Wonderland Shorts, Beyond Wonderland #0-1
The cover draws you in. The writing lets you down. This trade was a huge letdown. The only reason I believe this trade was published is to let some talented artists to draw women in peril with large breasts, and throw in some blood and gore to help bring in the horror fans.
I wanted this trade to be good. I even purchased the companion volume (Grimm Fairy Tales: Beyond Wonderland) so I could become a fan and have some good reading. No such luck. If you were hoping for something similar to the recent Disney/Tim Burton film, you will be sorely disappointed like myself. I feel they Zenescope may have spent the majority of their budget for this trade on the cover art to lure people in.
This is not a re-imagining of the classic Lewis Carroll tale, this is a sick and twisted tale that I feel only a few people would actually enjoy. I'll be honest, because the art and story could not keep my attention, I could not finish this trade. I doubt I will ever revisit this book ever, and it is unlikely that I will ever crack open Beyond Wonderland.
The only reason I even rate it a 1/5 instead of 0.5 or 0 is because I do appreciate the cover gallery. If the interior artists were as talented as the cover artists were (or if they kept the same consistency from cover to interiors), I may have been able to make it to the end and possibly give it a 2/5 rating.
To sum it all up.... don't bother purchasing this trade. It's not worth your time or your hard earned money. Go spend your money on something that will do you some good, like bottled water or canned air.