Despite its initial success, I wonder how many in England’s Victorian era would have believed that Lewis Carroll’s story of a young girl’s non-sensical daydream would so greatly inspire and influence pop culture for the next century and a half?
I’m sure there’s a book or two on the topic as well as a number of doctorate papers.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the novel, has never been out of print since first publication in 1865. It’s sequel, 1871’s Through The Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There only brought more attention to the original tale. The respective stories and characters have been adapted into various media (and in various ways) including live performance, film and television, radio and song, video games and, of course comic books.
Everyone, all over the world, knows Alice, The White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter, The March Hare, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and The Queen of Hearts. Over nearly two centuries of pop culture, we’ve seen straight-ahead, unaltered versions of the original texts and we’ve seen strange sequels, crossovers of specific characters into other pop culture properties, deep dives into multiversal visions and even (cough-cough) erotica.
Alice, for certain, has staying power. And so, too, does the imagery that Lewis Carroll conjured.
Which bring us to today and the strange, twisted and altogether fascinating Wonderland sequel, Alice Ever After.
Written by Dan Panosian (An Unkindness of Ravens, Canary) and deftly illustrated by Giorgio Spalletta (Red Sonja: Black, White, Red), Alice Ever After is a five -issue “read me” miniseries, perfect for fans of dark fantasy, period pieces, and works about difficult choices and self-discovery.
Here, Alice is a grown adult living within the clutches of the sultry lure of substance addiction and the malignance of family and childhood trauma. In a strange Victorian London, full of dark characters that are always half familiar, she is thrust into the underbelly of society in order to return to that one, magical escape of her childhood – Wonderland.
Panosian’s story is rich and compelling and Spalletta’s art is both era-detailed and dream-like in its expression. A perfect sequel to the Carroll stories, Alice Ever After is a reminder that, in our sometimes harsh world, we all pine for the simple and carefree magical naivety of our childhoods, however nonsensical it may be. It is also a warning about the choices we make in facing a difficult reality or being lost to a self-fashioned fantasy.
Don’t be late! Go down the rabbit hole by making the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up Alice Ever After #1!
You can catch a preview of the first issue right here: