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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland adapted by Rod Espinosa

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Title: Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland
Author: Rod Espinosa
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781616550462
Publisher: Dark Horse
Twitter: @DarkHorseComics
Format: Hardcover
Available: February 19, 2013
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

A cute adaptation of Alice in Wonderland that is more an amalgamation of the various popular versions than anything else, Rod Espinosa keeps to the original sense of the tale, while making it lighthearted enough for anyone to be able to enjoy. Some might say too lighthearted, but I'd like to think that possibly this version would open doors to readers unfamiliar with the Lewis Carroll original to give it a try.

With his art style firmly grounded in a manga esthetic, Espinosa gives his own twist on each of the characters. While this mostly works, some of them are a little off for me (such as the Mad Hatter being a clear caricature of Jay Leno - why?), while others are wildly original and unique (I love his Queen of Hearts!).

All around, a fun adaptation of Alice in Wonderland and one that I'm sure will appeal to younger audiences.

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