Graphic novel preview: Far from Wonderland, is it a one-way ticket to the asylum in Alice Ever After?

(courtesy BOOM! Studios)

Alice first visited Wonderland as a child. Now grown up, it’s become her only escape from a cold, harsh world that feels even less real—a distant family, a tormented lover, and a father with secrets he’ll do anything to protect. But in order to return to her fantasy, Alice will need something much stronger than mushrooms. . . Cursed with a growing addiction, Alice is forced into the twisted underbelly of London and pulled ever further from reality. Is her obsession with Wonderland truly a respite, or a one-way ticket to the dreaded… ASYLUM?

ALICE EVER AFTER is a brand new five-issue original series from superstar artist and writer Dan Panosian (An Unkindness of Ravens, Canary), artist Giorgio Spalletta (Red Sonja: Black, White, Red), and colorist Fabiana Mascolo. (synopsis courtesy BOOM! Studios)

Prequels and sequels are all the rage right not as all kinds of producers of creative content try to make the most of the properties they control and which people know.

Sometimes they work, sometimes the manifestly don’t, but one that will work spectacularly, I suspect, is Alice Ever After, a new five-issue original series from BOOM! Studios.

The first issue landed last week on 6 April, bringing us a very clever look at Alice all grown up who isn’t exactly having a charmed time of it and who could be close to going to that most dreaded on nineteenth-century places, the ASYLUM.

It’s understandable that Alice, who first found Wonderland in Lewis Carroll’s 1865 book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (aka Alice in Wonderland) isn’t finding adult life all that easy to handle after what must have been a disorienting return from a fantastical world where she encountered all kinds of strange and well, wonderful, characters.

Victorian London never looked quite so scarily enticing and it will be exciting to see how this story spins its tale of childish things gone bad when Alice is all grown up.

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