By Michael Peluso
Writer: Raven Gregory, Pat Shand
Artist: Gregbo Watson Yusuf Idrias
Release Date: May 29, 2013
Synopsis: Alice Liddle has escaped a dimension of horror and madness called Wonderland but not without dire consequences. Struggling with a now shattered psyche, Alice must prevent the evil beings that inhabit that realm from slipping into this world and infecting everyone she holds dear. But that is easier said than done as a mysterious entity is revealed to have been manipulating events from the very beginning.
Our Thoughts: If Zenescope was a singular Super Villain, her power would be the ability to drain any person, place or thing of its innocence. These folks are nothing short of Walt Disney’s anti-Christ. Their successful line of Grimm Fairy Tales grabs your favorite childhood story by the throat and sucks out every ounce of good nature and last happy ending until all that's left is chaotic darkness. When it comes to retelling a classic story or tweaking it to gain a modern day appeal, their "darkening formula" seems to be full proof. Zenescope have grown to be experts at using their ability to violate your childhood fairytales to its diabolical fullest through their Grimm Fairy Tales.
Unfortunately, “Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole” #1 is missing that unsettling, schizophrenic feel that normally oozes off the pages of most ultra cool dark comics. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot to like from this issue. This comic book is loaded with that familiar psychedelic insanity that Wonderland literature has been known for since Lewis Carroll's original novel. Watson and Idrias's artwork in “Down the Rabbit Hole” #1 is stellar. Their curvaceous take on Alice Liddle brings to mind another creature from the animal kingdom other than a white rabbit… that animal is a fox! The coloring in this issue is bright and vibrant. It's beautiful to look at, I just feel it takes a little of the edge off of this grim tale.
Wonderland: “Down the Rabbit Hole” #1 isn't as unsettling and maniacal as would be expected from Zenescope's Grimm Fairy Tales collection, but its most definitely still worth a read. My advice would be to go get yourself a copy, as it hits stores today.