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Hatter M, Vol. 1: The Looking Glass Wars (Hatter M Looking Glass Wars) Paperback – October 7, 2008

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In Beddor’s novel The Looking Glass Wars (2006), Princess Alyss was exiled from Wonderland, forced to putter about Victorian London for 13 years until she was rescued by the Royal Bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, and returned to Wonderland to reclaim her throne. Beddor followed up on the premise with Seeing Redd (2007), and fans waiting for the final volume in the trilogy can whet their appetite with this graphic-novel parallel that follows the brutal but relentlessly loyal Hatter Madigan during his 13-year quest to find Alyss. Neophytes, however, will likely be almost entirely baffled by the whole thing. With a story that lies somewhere between convoluted and barely graspable, its the visuals that ensure pages will keep turning. Unsettling and magnificent in equal measure, Templesmith’s artisty imbues a darkly surreal atmosphere to nineteenth-century Europe, leading Hatter Madigan’s quest into the realm of Victorian horror, complete with vampires, zombies, and worse. The creepy color palette, starkly drawn lines, and heavily blurred action are effectively terrifying and exhilarating. Fans of Beddor’s twisted take on Wonderland should clamor for this. Grades 8-12. --Ian Chipman

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Product Details

  • Series: Hatter M Looking Glass Wars
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Automatic Pictures Publishing; 1st Paperback Edition edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981873707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981873701
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Literary sleuth and world creator Frank Beddor dared to expose the true story of Wonderland in his novels The Looking Glass Wars and Seeing Redd, volumes one and two in the trilogy. Fascinated by the ancient, illuminated cards first sighted at the British Museum, Beddor has spent ten years collecting and interpreting the scattered and elusive Wonderland decks. With Imagination deadlocked at the start of book 3, two cards were key in solving the mystery, the Caterpillar Oracles and the enigmatic card that lay buried and waiting at the bottom of the deck, known only as Everqueen. Even with the trilogy completed, Beddor is still searching and finding cards he believes will reveal more of the lost history of Wonderland.

To further satisfy the awakened curiosity of his readers Beddor has created the parallel adventures of Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan in the Hatter M graphic novel series and the online RPG, the Card Soldier Wars available at

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When Desperado decided to part ways with their partnership with Image Comics earlier this year it was certainly a risky venture. Desperado had been publishing for over two years under the Image banner but would they be able to thrive without the Image safety net? I think that question still remains to be seen but Desperado is certainly on the right course with titles like Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars.

The hardcover book reprints issues 1 - 4 of the series and if you haven't checked out this title, it's a very dark and bloody revisionist take on the Alice in Wonderland story by Lewis Carroll. In Beddor's version, it is Alice or Alyss as she is known in the book, who relates her story to Carroll and not the other way around. Wonderland is not the place of whimsical creatures but a world rife with war between the Red and Black factions. Alyss is the daughter of Queen Genevieve, the Queen of Hearts. The Queen's sister, Redd, stages a bloody coup with the aid of the Cheshire Cat who is now a savage, predatory beast. Hatter Madigan is the Queen's loyal bodyguard, the Top Cut of the Wonderland Millenary. Madigan, with blades that pop out of his blades and arms makes Wolverine look like he has a set of butter knives. But his deadliest weapon is his hat, which becomes a cyclone of razor-sharp death when hurled. The queen orders Madigan to take Alyss and leave Wonderland. They escape through the Pool of Tears to our world but become separated. Now, Hatter M is on a quest to find little Alyss. His trek takes him through Victorian-Era Europe where he encounters friend and foe, including a sinister group known as the Baanskratar that steals children and drains off their imaginations. The trail of Alyss leads to this horrific cartel...
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Format: Paperback
I "fell" for Ben Templesmith's art when he teamed with Ellis to do, yeah, FELL. So, when I happened upon this compilation called HATTER M, and saw that it had art by Ben Templesmith, I picked it up and bought it, without even glancing at the story blurb.

Thankfully, I was not disappointed. Then again, I like dark retellings of familiar tales (such as the updated fairy tales that Datlow/Windling offered us for the last decade plus in their fantasy anthologies).

In this case, we have a Hatter who is mad--as in furious--but not crazy. Although, okay, perhaps if you happened upon him in 1859--the year he popped into our reality from Wonderland after escaping the massacre royale contrived by the evil Redd, sister of the Queen and aunt to young Princess Alyss--and saw his crazy hat and crazy knife-throwing skills. Maybe you would think he was MAD.

But he's simply an honorable bodyguard to the Princess of Wonderland, brimming with white imagination who, in escaping from the massacre back home, was separated from the young princess, and now must search for her and protect her from the forces of Black Imagination.

We open with Paris in the 19th century, where hatmakers--imaginative and honorable in their professsion--first draw our Hatter's eye. Wherever there is imagination--in art, in music, in children who are "especially juicy" with it--there is a glow. Our Hatter follows that glow, because Alyss herself will, naturally, glow with the wonderlandishness of her own imagination.

We come across imagination vampires, an evil baronness, gypsies, hungry zombies, an intrepid Russian female reporter, and even Jules Verne. But in the end, what's most interesting is slowly piecing together what is going on from a disorienting, action-packed start.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best comic books I have ver read. It will especially appeal to those who read Alice and Wonderland but prefer a darker read. On this subject I also reccomend the looking glass wars, and seeing red. These tie-in graphic novels fill readers in on what happened those thirteen years while Hatter searched the globe for Princess Alyss of Wonderland and also tells those who have not experianced the LGW novels what is happpening. (I still reccomend reading LGW first, however.) And though Hatter is traveling earth, where nowadays most events are boring when read in a comicbook, the story is anything but boring. Frank still finds plenty of ways to make it interesting. Wether its fighting zombies, battling creepy monkeys, leaping out of an unrolled carpet and out the windoiw in the middle of a courtroom, chasing imagination-eaters and fighting thugs, Beddor always finds ways to put our blade-toting hero into impossible situations. And the illustrations are awesome. Dark, moody, sketchy, and strange, they give the comicbook a bizarre feel to it, of which I quite enjoyed. Sometimes, they are a bit blurry, however, and may take a little getting used to for those who enjoyed the Spiderman comics, or any other comicbook not labeled Ben Templesmith.
One other thing: if you are a parent, and you are wondering if these books are appropraite for your child, read on. There is a lot of dark images, e.g. shady characters, rotting undead, snarling monkeys, but the comics are very short, so I tend to forget about those sort of thing quickly. There is also a considerable amout of violence. I would reccomend it 12+ or maybe a 10 or 11 year old if he is very mature.
Anyway, its awesome. A must-read. Buy it.
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