Wonderland is Alive and Well

Escape From Wonderland #4 (Zenescope – Gregory / Leister / Ruffino / Crank!)

Calie has her old life back. Everything is normal again, including her mom and dad. The perfect life she always dreamed of is actually real. As Calie pinches herself to make sure she isn’t dreaming she realizes she can have everything she always wanted. But she isn’t quite convinced of her surroundings as she gets a visit from Grandpa and is forced to make a decision that will change everything.

While the series comes to a close (or at least it as far as we know), the action and the suspense is still set at 11.  Calie continues her struggle and finds herself at a crossroads where she has to make choice between living a beautiful lie or fighting a true nightmare.  This last leg of the Wonderland trilogy has had Calie pushed to her limits physically, emotionally and mentally.  With issue #4, Calie has finally found what is truly important to her, found her boundaries and is ready to take the Jabberwocky head on!

The Wonderland Creative team is nothing less than exemplary in their story-telling ability.  I am not quite sure what happens behind the scenes, but the final product is an outstanding synthesis of  plot and art.  It is my opinion that they could take a story about a cup of coffee – and make it thrilling, sexy and kick-@ss!

Even though this has been out a week and a half, you should still be able to talk to your locally owned independent comic connection and get it!

Issue Grade: A

Also from a press release from yesterday, there are more Wonderland Tales coming! –

Zenescope Entertainment has announced plans for a third installment of its extremely popular Tales From Wonderland series. Tales is a spin off series that compliments Zenescope’s highly recognized Wonderland mini-series trilogy that started with Return To Wonderland in 2007 and followed with Beyond Wonderland in 2008 and lastly Escape From Wonderland which finishes it’s run next month.  “When we came up with this world there were so many ideas and characters and pieces involved that we knew telling Calie’s story would only be a piece of what we created.” said series co-creator and Zenescope VP Ralph Tedesco “This allows us to continue multiple spin off story-lines within an incredible universe that our fans have fallen in love with.”  THE WHITE KNIGHT is the first of three new Tales From Wonderland one-shots and is scheduled to hit stores in May.  THE FLOWER GIRLS will follow in June and QUEEN OF HEARTS VS. MAD HATTER is set for a July release.   For those unfamiliar the comic, Zenescope’s Wonderland reinvents the mythology as a supernatural horror story which is told as a sequel to the Lewis Carroll classic.  It follows a now adult Alice who also battles mental illness and her strong-willed teenage daughter, Calie, as they deal with putting a stop to an evil entity intent on crossing over from Wonderland into this world.

Zenescope Entertainment was founded in 2005 by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco and has since become one of the top independent comic book and graphic novel publishers in the world.

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Updated: February 5, 2010 — 10:57 am

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