Ever since I first started reading Zenescope’s Wonderland comics, there has only been one writer’s name attached to them: Raven Gregory. The master of all things Liddle has written practically every word that has appeared in a comic with Wonderland in the title, and done so with skill and storytelling ability that is hard to match.
So when Call of Wonderland came out, I was shocked to see that Gregory was not writing it.
This was the miniseries that was going to bridge the gap between the Alice in Wonderland miniseries and the new monthly Wonderland title. How could Gregory not be writing this? Would it be any good? Who the hell is this Dan Wickline guy anyway?
I shouldn’t have worried one bit.
Call of Wonderland picks up in the aftermath of The Dream Eater Saga, with the Queen of Hearts dead and Wonderland in chaos. Enter the Red Knight, who is determined to unleash death and destruction upon the Earth. And the only thing stopping him are two young women who are destined to assume a role left vacant in Wonderland for far too long.
While Call of Wonderland doesn’t feature any members of the Liddle family, it does serve a very important purpose in the overall Wonderland story while also being a great miniseries all on it’s own. Wickline has stepped into the Wonderland universe and quickly found a unique voice that complements Gregory’s very nicely. The way he manages to tie H.P. Lovecraft into the mythos of the book is incredibly clever and original. It’s a perfect example of why a concept like Wonderland is just teeming with story ideas and possibilities, it would be criminal to not explore some of them, especially if they are handled by writers as good as Wickline proved to be.
The art is handled by a small group of Zenescope regulars, with the bulk of the heavy lifting done by Matt Triano and Nacho Arranz. For the most part the artwork is simple, clean and effective. There are some points where the storytelling becomes a bit muddled, but overall I liked it, especially the work of Arranz, who reminded me of a young Dale Keown.
Raven Gregory’s Wonderland work is a very tough act to follow and not a job I would wish on anyone. But Wickline has stepped up to the plate and hit it out of the park. Call of Wonderland is must reading for any Wonderland fan (especially with the sequel, Madness of Wonderland, coming out soon) and will not disappoint.
Lucky for you, Zenescope has given us not one, but two Call of Wonderland TPBs to give away to two worthy Geekadelphia readers. Just leave a comment about which Wonderland character is your favorite and we’ll pick a random winner at the end of next week.
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