A while back, I introduced VampChix to the Looking Glass Wars novels, by Frank Beddor. If you liked those, or even if you didn't read them, but liked the idea of a dark twist on the classic Alice in Wonderland story, you might want to check out the Hatter M graphic novels. These books take the character of Hatter Madigan and tell the story of just what happened to him when he went through the portal into our world in search of Alyss. The comics are fantasy melded with reality and they are seriously cool. Since they are a separate story from the novels, they can be read independent of them or as a companion. There are four volumes to read now, and the fifth and final book is due soon!
Hatter M Volume 1: Far From Wonder
"In Frank Beddor's The Looking Glass Wars,
Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan was ordered by Queen Genevieve to take
Princess Alyss and leave Wonderland after a bloody palace coup staged by
the murderous Redd. But while escaping through the Pool of Tears (the
portal connecting Wonderland to our world), crushing centrifugal force
pulled them apart, and Alyss was lost. In this geographic parallel
adventure, Hatter finds himself in Paris, France in the year 1859
shockingly separated from the child he had been sworn to protect.
to Hatter, Alyss had exited a puddle in London, England. Lost and
alone, she was befriended by an aspiring author to whom she told the
surreal, violent, heartbreaking story of her young life only to see it
published as the nonsensical children's fairytale Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
But Carrol had got it all wrong.He even misspelled her name! Alyss had
trusted Lewis Carrol to tell the truth so that Hatter would find her and
bring her home. Instead, Hatter must endure a non-stop quest,
crisscrossing the globe for 13 years in search of the lost Princess.
While formidable with blades, a moment must be taken to introduce his
signature weapon, the Hat. Woven and blocked from a material not
available in any realm except the origins of wonder, the Hat, when
hurled by his expert hand, instantly unfolds into a circle of blades to
attack or defend.
The mad odyssey begins here..."
Hatter M Volume 2: Mad With Wonder
"It's a mad,
mad, mad world as Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan's maniacal quest to
find Alyss continues! In Volume 2, Mad With Wonder, Hatter follows the
Glow from London to the battlefields of America's Civil War in search of
the Princess who must some day be Queen. The America that Hatter
encounters is a sprawling, wounded, boiling landscape of innocence and
energy run amok. The war is tearing the country apart, yet Hatter must
maintain his sanity in this maelstrom of holy rollers, child healers,
prophetic snake handlers, deranged outlaws, and passionate southern
belles. As Hatter searches he learns he is not the only Wonderland
presence that has found its way to the Promised Land. Queen Redd's black
imagination is fueling the Civil War and threatening our world with her
Hatter M Volume 3: The Nature of Wonder
"In Volume 3, The Nature of Wonder, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan
follows the Glow of the setting sun into America's wild west in search
of Wonderland's lost princess. Hatter's adventures will include a
shamanic vision quest in the Grand Canyon and tracking Black Imagination
through San Francisco's Barbary Coast where he discovers an astounding
clue to his own haunted past."
Hatter M Volume 4: The Zen of Wonder
"Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan's search takes an unexpected detour in
the Zen of Wonder when he travels 'within' guided by a mischievous and
often maddening young girl named Nekko. Nekko's origin is a Zen mystery,
but her devotion to Hatter's quest to find the lost Princess is
unwavering. After Nekko leads him on a fearless chase across the
rooftops of 1871 San Francisco, Hatter must acknowledge her as a
Hatter M Volume 5: Love of Wonder- In production now and expected to release in October
"In the 5th and final
volume, looking glasses shatter as our worlds collide and characters
from Wonderland increasingly cross over to aid or block Hatter in his
single-minded quest to find Alyss and bring her home. Redd's Black
Imagination has ruled Wonderland for 13 years without fear of reprisal
and now the specter of Alyss' return to claim the throne has unleashed a
storm of paranoiac rage. Hatter Madigan is at the center of this
crusade as he must simultaneously battle the enemies of wonder as well
as his own beliefs and loyalties. All paths through time and space,
through blood and steel, from his world to our world, have led Hatter
Madigan to this moment -- a life or death confrontation with the only
warrior in the Looking Glass Wars universe capable of defeating him and
destroying the love of wonder."