Friday, February 15, 2013

Alice in Wonderland by Rod Espinosa - Paul's Review

***I received an ecopy of this book from Diamond Book Distributors via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

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Title: Alice in Wonderland
Author: Rod Espinosa
Year Published: 2013

Release Date: February 19, 2013

Synopsis: Lewis Carroll's classic tale Alice in Wonderland is adapted to comics by Rod Espinosa (The Courageous Princess, A Christmas Carol: The Night That Changed the Life of Eliza Scrooge).

The curious Alice follows a flustered white rabbit to a magical land of talking animals, evil queens, and enough riddles to strain any logically inclined brain. It's all here: a hookah-smoking caterpillar, a mad hatter, potions to drink, cookies to eat, and a Cheshire cat. Alice discovers that Wonderland may be a fascinating place to visit, but you don't want to live there...

Eisner and Ignatz Award-nominated Rod Espinosa adapts one of the most popular tales of all time, Lewis Carroll's Alice!

Review: I am always interested in retellings or reincarnations of classic stories. I find it interesting how modern authors put their spin on older tales. This graphic novel is pretty much an exact retelling of the original Lews Carrol story. The artwork is colorful and fun, but if you are expecting something new this is not that. Espinosa does an excellent job of translating the book into a visual form. Many of the frames are similar to the Disney animated film, although Espinosa kept parts of the original story that were edited out of the Disney cartoon. The Duchess and her pig are present. 

The art within the book is the same as the cover. The Mad Hatter looks creepily like Jay Leno. I liked Espinosa's take on the Queen of Hearts. 

Overall, this is a comic book version of Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland. Don't expect it to be an interpretation in any way. I give this graphic novel a 3/5.


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