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Alice in the Country of Hearts, Vol. 1 (Alice in the Country of Hearts, #1-2)Alice in the Country of Hearts, Vol. 1 by QuinRose

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am always of two minds when it comes to adaptations of well known literary classics. I’m always on the look out for something new and fun but all too often I’m disappointed. Alice is somewhere in between. Art wise, it’s gorgeous. Story wise it’s a bit odd. On it’s face, it’s a Mary Sue even though in many ways it doesn’t read as one.

Alice is brought into Wonderland by Peter Rabbit (It’s worthy of noting that all characters are now super hot bishies with a few exceptions like the queen of hearts). Peter is in love with her and forces her to play their ‘game,’ by kissing her and forcing a potion down her throat in the process. Alice has to refill that potion bottle by befriending the inhabitants. They, on the other hand, are all doomed to love her.

The Mary Sue shell is, of course, all the boys vying for her attention. Under that is a mess of violence. These people are always trying to shoot each other. So far there are four main camps, the watch repairman whom she stays with and seems to trust, Peter Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts, The Hatter (who is a mob boss and looks just like a man Alice once loved which is disturbing since Alice does look so young) and Elliot the March hare and Gowland and the amusement park. Ace (of hearts) seems to float between them all.

This Yen press offering is an omnibus but it doesn’t bother telling me how many chapters/volumes are in it but it is large. The story is complicated, violent and very Machiavellian. There is a very big secret revealed toward the end about how this world works and it’s so transgressive and interesting that I will have to see the next volume.

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