Saturday, May 25, 2013

Review: Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland Volume 2 by Raven Gregory

Release Date: May 21, 2013
Published by: Zenescope
Issues/Pages: #6-10, 176 pgs
Source: Provided by NetGalley

After defeating the malevolent spirit of her long-dead brother and escaping the terror of a town possessed by the insanity of the Mad Hatter, Calie and her daughter, Violet, disappear into the city of Los Angeles hoping to evade Wonderland's ever-extending reach. But the duo is fast to learn that no matter where they run, or where they hide, Wonderland will find them! From the writers and creators who brought you Zenescope's original Wonderland trilogy comes the continuation of the adventure in a world of madness like you've never seen before. Volume 2 collects issues #6-10 of the Wonderland series.


Following the events that occurred during Wonderland Volume 1, Calie and Violet find themselves on the run once again. Calie still clings to the hopeless idea that she and her daughter can successfully escape the pursuit of Wonderland and its madness. 

They have fled to a city in California where new problems immediately begin to arise. They are unaware that a nearby nightclub is distributing a trendy new drug with side effects that include hallucinations and the desire to sink your teeth into someone's flesh. But before the story concludes, they will discover what the drug is capable of and come face to face with the people responsible for exposing it to the club's members. 

Violet has become withdrawn and is clearly troubled, but her mood improves considerably when she develops a new friendship with a purple-haired girl named Harmony. Her presence has a positive effect on Violet, which also improves Calie's mood as well. Unfortunately, they'll both discover that Harmony isn't exactly what she seems. 

We're also given glimpses in to Wonderland where the Red Queen and her son are attempting to escape. It's said that the Temple of Purity is the only place that is not affected by Wonderland's madness, so that is where the Red Queen's hoping that their journey through the winter wilderness will take them. Of course, the Queen of Spades is in pursuit and, thanks to the rabbit, it isn't long before she catches up. 

I was disappointed by the initial battle between the monks at the Temple of Purity and the Queen of Spades. She defeats them so easily. But as the battle continued, I was surprised by the Red Queen and her son..even though he got a little "stabby" and a lot creepy..but I was pleased with the outcome.

The last chapter had me a little confused with its shifts between different times and references to previous stories I haven't read. But I guess that's understandable when I'm not 100% caught up on all of the various Wonderland story lines. But honestly, my attention was already wandering at this point, so I wasn't completely absorbing everything I was reading. 

I loved Wonderland Volume 1, but the sequel was lacking the same appeal. The story line just didn't pull me in the same way it had the first time around and I found myself skimming after the halfway point. Also, I was bothered by some of the inconsistencies with the way Violet's character was drawn, and I'm not just referring to the times when there was a change in artists.

Even though this volume didn't live up to its predecessor, I wouldn't hesitate to read the next one. I'm still very interested in these characters and I'm curious to see where their story will lead next. 


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