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Hatter M, Vol. 1: The Looking Glass Wars (Hatter M Looking Glass Wars) Paperback – October 7, 2008
"Riders" By Veronica Rossi
A new fantasy adventure from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi. Learn more
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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 cardsoldierwars.com.
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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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Off to a good start. Promises to unlock some new venues for the Wonderland Mythos.
The artwork will be hit or miss for some people. Read more
Just received my book. Came on time and great condition. I love the looking glass wars and was happy to add this series to my collection. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ashleigh Nicole
This is a book that I leave in my TIP chair in my class room. (this is a spot when a student that are being a distraction in one classroom can come into my room and work) Most... Read morePublished 11 months ago by lee
Love the Hatter M series and it all started with this edition. Check it out!Published 13 months ago by Alex
Book was in great condition. I am very pleased with my purchasePublished 16 months ago by Macario Ponce
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I loved THE LOOKING GLASS WARS so I much and because Hatter was quite possibly my favorite character in the whole series I just HAD... Read more
Being a fan of the books I was thrilled to find these...at first. I went ahead and ordered the first 3 without knowing much about the series itself. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I have been looking for this for a while. Thankfully I found it through this seller. I had read the book series and wanted to read the graphic novel series as a supliment to it. Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by S. Prevette
Great art, good story...read it but make sure to read The Looking Glass Wars first (The first novel in the series).Published on March 14, 2012 by Kate