(Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars, Volume 1 was provided to me by the publisher for the purpose of review.)
Last year, I loved Frank Beddor’s The Looking Glass Wars (my review). I haven’t read the sequel, Seeing Redd, yet, but I’m looking forward to it – and I’ve read some great reviews on other blogs.
Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars, Volume 1 is a graphic novel by Frank Beddor, Ben Templesmith, and Liz Cavalier, based on The Looking Glass Wars. In the novel, Hatter M is charged by the queen of Wonderland to find her daughter, Alyss Heart, and bring her back to Wonderland to take her place on the throne. The only problem is that Alyss is lost in the real world, and Hatter M has no idea where.
This is the first in a graphic novel trilogy that will tell of Hatter M’s adventures in the real world as he searches for Alyss. You don’t need to have read the original novel to understand Hatter M, but I was glad I had, and I think it would enrich the experience for you.
While I enjoyed reading this book, I wasn’t crazy about the art. I know this is a matter of personal taste – and I still highly recommend the book for the pure creativity of the whole series. I will definitely be reading the rest of the trilogy, so obviously my lack of enthusiasm for the art didn’t keep me from enjoying it. Keep in mind that this is probably best for junior high age readers up to adults, as some of the images are violent.