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Hatter M Volume 1: Far From Wonder (original 2007; edition 2010)

by Frank Beddor, Ben Templesmith (Author), Liz Cavalier (Author), Sami Makkonen (xxxOTHERxxx), C.J. Wrobel (Editor)

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Member:Mia_Deleanu
Title:Hatter M Volume 1: Far From Wonder
Authors:Frank Beddor
Other authors:Ben Templesmith (Author), Liz Cavalier (Author), Sami Makkonen (xxxOTHERxxx), C.J. Wrobel (Editor)
Info:Automatic Pictures Publishing (2010), Hardcover, 208 pages
Collections:Graphic novells collection
Rating:*****
Tags:adventure - exploring of new possibilities- paranormal - motion picture, teen reads, graphic novel

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Hatter M : Volume 1 : Far from Wonder by Frank Beddor (2007)

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This graphic Novel it intrigued me from the first page. Usually I don’t read this type of format, but I decided to “shut my eyes”, and give it a try. My curiosity was awarded with an inter-dimensional travelling with a dynamic and intricate plot that carries you in a frenetic quest around the globe. I started my quest with a dilemma Alice in Wonderland the true story, or Alyss in Wonderland the girl who was lost and who appears in this quest a glamour that carries the action further into an unknown world? This book it is a direct invitation to let your imagination free. Mr. Hatter the royal guard is a Sherlock Holmes that has come from the Looking Glass Wars to search for his lost princess. The graphic has a classic arrangement of the elements of a traditional fairy tale. We have the good princess, abducted by an evil force, the good guy, who is not so good because in order to protect the innocent and poor, has to kill some other fellows. Hatter Madigan has some allies such as the boy, Abraham (Bram) Stoker, the journalist, Magda Pushkin, and an innocent girl Edwina who has powerful physic energy. The rest of the story is a battle between good and evil, some vampires and zombies are killed in the process. I didn’t get bored and I felt like watching a movie. I think I got the graphic beginner fever… I need volume 2. ( )
  Mia_Deleanu | Nov 4, 2012 |
Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars, Volume 1 is the first in Frank Beddor’s series that follows the quest of Hatter M to find, rescue and restore the Princess Alyss to her rightful place as the future Queen of Wonderland.

Hatter M is a fresh twist on the works of Lewis Carroll stories of Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Ordered by his Queen to take her daughter Alyss from Wonderland and keep her safe, Bodyguard Hatter M is distraught when Alyss slips from his arms during the transformation and is now lost in our world. It is 1859 and he is faced with battling the forces of Black Imagination while trying to pick up the glow of the Princess. He starts in Paris and moves on to Budapest, although he succeeds in a rescue, it is not Alyss and his search must continue on into other books.

While I found the idea of this book fascinating, the actual book itself seems to have missed the mark slightly. I found that the story jumped around rather abruptly and I had a hard time figuring out exactly what was going on, perhaps because I haven’t read the actual trilogy of books that these graphic novels are based on. The artwork was strangely distorted, but I felt that it fit the style of the story wonderfully. I will probably pick up the next volume at some point as I am now interested in where this story is going. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | May 27, 2012 |
I read Beddor's Looking Glass War series and enjoyed it but I wanted to know more about Hatter M! I was excited to see that this graphic novel was supposed to cover just that...Hatter M's backstory. Unfortunately the artwork was vague and hard to follow and the story itself didn't add nearly as much as I had hoped.

This graphic novel starts the story of Hatter M's years searching our world for Alyss. In this novel he finds a girl he thinks is Alyss and tries to save her from an evil Countess who is set on draining her imagination. Also drawn into the story is a reporter who wants a good story from Hatter M.

I had a hard time with this graphic novel. I didn't find the story all that engaging and the artwork was hard to follow. For large portions of the story it was hard to even tell what Hatter M was doing from frame to frame. The writing itself is pretty sparse so you are depending on the illustration to add a lot to the story. With the illustration so hard to follow it just didn't work for me.

There some interesting elements in the story. Hatter M gets involved with a secret society that is trying to drain white imagination from imaginative children. It is also amusing to watch as Hatter M tries to navigate the differences between Wonderland and our world. We get flashes of back story that show what transpired when Hatter M was forced to leave the Queen's side and hide Alyss; we get to see how Alyss was lost as well.

Overall I found the whole novel to be okay. There are some interesting additions to the story; it was great to get some more background on Hatter M and to fill out some of the events that transpired while Hatter M was searching for Alyss. The inclusion of this mysterious society in our world adds to the mystery in the story. The artwork is very hard to follow though and the story is sparse. With the story so dependent on the artwork and the artwork hard to follow I was a bit disappointed. I don't think I will reading future installments in the Hatter M graphic novel series. This might be a good read for a die-hard Looking Glass Wars fan; but it didn't add enough to the story for me to stay interested. ( )
  krau0098 | Jan 11, 2012 |
I'd probably give it more of a three and a half, but we'll round up in this case. It was a bit disappointing, both in story and in artwork. It was also funnier than I was expecting, and I'm still not sure if it was supposed to be or not. Still, it's definitely worth reading for Looking Glass Wars fans. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Aug 17, 2011 |
An interesting companion work to Beddor's Looking Glass Wars which does not necessarily stand so well on its own merits. The art is sketchy and atmospheric in nature, and this can make following the story confusing at times. ( )
  shadrach_anki | Jul 29, 2011 |
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In memory of my father, Frank Beddor, Jr. (1924 - 2007) Thanks a million!
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Let this journal be the record of my failure.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0981873707, Paperback)

Put to rest any delusions or disinformation you have of the tea-guzzling madman of faux literary history and prepare to expand your consciousness as the saga of Hatter Madigan and his relentless search for the lost Princess of Wonderland unfolds in Volume 1 of the Hatter M graphic novel series! In Frank Beddor's bestselling 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 first volume of the geo-graphic parallel adventure trilogy, Hatter finds himself in Paris, France in the year 1859 shockingly separated from the child he had been sworn to protect. Hatter must now embark upon a non-stop quest, crisscrossing the globe for 13 years in search of his lost Princess.

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In a morphed Wonderland the Queen's bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, undertakes an unscheduled journey through this sinister dystopia to rescue Alyss, the lost princess of Wonderland.

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