*** Spoilers Ahead! Proceed With Caution! ***
It is well-known Wonderland is a peculiar place. Whether it is in book form or in moving image, strange things happen there. Zenescope has taken it to a darker, more brutal place in its series Wonderland. In the newest issue “The Wondermen Part Two” Wonderland has come to Earth and Violet is the main act of a circus freak show. A reptilian man presents Violet to her opponent, a woman with one and a half arms holding an axe. When the fight is over, she sees a mob run toward her but before she escapes them, she finds a woman with her arm cut off and attempts to get her to safety. The reptilian man takes a girl behind the back of the circus tent and eats her before Calie can get there to save anyone. When she does get there, Violet is holding the woman and looking at the scene of a mass suicide. They now set out to rid Earth of the evils of Wonderland.
Writer Erica J. Heflin takes us down a new kind of rabbit hole this issue and it’s a wild ride. It’s so bizarre yet so believable because it’s out of Wonderland. There’s no limit on how that world can be shaped and how its story can be told. There’s a new leading lady in this time, Calie Liddle, who is named leader of Wonderland after defeating the Queen of Spades and works to bring it back to its former glory. However, the King of Spades dethrones her and turns Wonderland back into a twisted wasteland. Calie is not only joined by Violet, but by a new-look, more vicious Cheshire Cat. He’s now a black cat with purple stripes and a pink mohawk who attacks enemies. Giorgia Sposito’s artwork and Leonardo Paciarotti’s colors are vivid and capture the essence of a Wonderland in turmoil. The graphic scenes of violence are gripping and give you a sense of the depravity of the characters. Pat Shand, Ralph Tedesco and the Zenescope team have done it again.
Zenescope has become my new favorite company since I started reviewing their various series of comic books. The team there knows how to completely overhaul a classic story while keeping within the essence of that story.They’ve taken Wonderland, a colorful world of quirky characters and strange happenings, and turned it upside down. It’s now a darkened world of horror and depravity but we are still reminded of the world where Alice met the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit. If you haven’t read a Zenescope comic yet, I highly recommend you do because you’ll want to read them all.
Written by Erica J. Heflin
Artwork by Giorgia Sposito
Colors by Leonardo Paciarotti
Letters by Christy Sawyer
Editor: Pat Shand
Executive Editor: Ralph Tedesco
Production & Design: Christopher Cote & Joi Dariel