Published by Automatic Pictures Publishing on October 5th 2009
Genres: Graphic Novel
It's a mad, mad, mad world as Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan's maniacal quest to find Alyss continues! In Volume 2, Mad With Wonder, Hatter follows the Glow from London to the battlefields of America's Civil War in search of the Princess who must some day be Queen. The America that Hatter encounters is a sprawling, wounded, boiling landscape of innocence and energy run amok. The war is tearing the country apart, yet Hatter must maintain his sanity in this maelstrom of holy rollers, child healers, prophetic snake handlers, deranged outlaws, and passionate southern belles. As Hatter searches he learns he is not the only Wonderland presence that has found its way to the Promised Land. Queen Redd's black imagination is fueling the Civil War and threatening our world with her evil!
*Please note that these graphic novels are a spin-off of The Looking Glass Wars series, so the review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.*
I have been a long time fan of The Looking Glass Wars series, so I was really excited to take my love for this series into a different medium. The first thing I did upon opening these novels was take a minute to fully appreciate the artwork. It is simply breathtaking. My attention was captured by its sketchy style, layers of textures and colors. It is interesting to note that most of the colors are dark, so when the reader sees red or pastels, it really jumps out at you.
If you have read the LGW, then the plot will not be too original for you since they follow Hatter Madigan during parts of his 13 year hunt for Alyss on Earth. However, I found these graphic novels to be a nice addition to the series due to the reader getting to see some of the trials that Hatter M underwent. Overall, I was very pleased with these wonderful additions to my LGW collection, and I am looking forward to reading the next installments. I am sure that Hatter M and Frank Beddor have some amazing adventures planned.