Grimm Fairy Tales presents Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole #5 Review

The end of this prequel has arrived, but does the creative team bow out on a high note?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Zenscope:

All of the madness, all of the horror, and terror has all lead to this.  The walls keeping the Jabberwocky imprisoned in Alice’s mind have begun to crumble and an ancient evil will soon be released back into the realm of Madness if Alice cannot find a way to stop him.  The final battle that will decide the fate of Alice’s sanity and the tragic destiny that awaits is here!  All this and the mystery of the little faceless Alice is finally revealed and everything you thought you knew about Wonderland will change forever.

Behold the lessons of madness!  For Alice Liddle this comic is a transition from the horrors of her life to a new dawn, and to the credit of the forces behind it the summation of the work comes off exquisitely.

Raven Gregory and Pat Shand work together to realize the text of this journey.  What we have here are the last throws of a life that’s destined to be nothing more than what it was.  For our protagonist it’s a bittersweet conclusion that sees current plot threads and past revelations fleshed out in a way that compliments other works.  There were some stumbles with the dialogue here and there, but for the most part the words rolled off naturally when they needed to.  In short: the script was really good.

Gegbo Watson, Yusuf Idris and Jacob Bear deliver on the art.  I found a few of the transitions to be a bit sloppy, as the unique versatility of each illustrator clashed. But despite that fact the bulk on display turned out to be more than appropriate.  It’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but each individual brings enough of their style to the proceedings to leave me sufficiently engaged.

Grimm Fairy Tales presents Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole #5 is a great finish to what should be considered a must read for any any eager fan. Recommended.


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