|Tales From Wonderland: Queen Of Hearts on sale now|
Providing a bit of background on the original Grimm Fairy Tales: Return to Wonderland, Zenescope Executive Editor Raven Gregory explained, “The story takes place years after the original tale” by Lewis Carroll. “Alice is now an adult with a family of her own, but suffers from a mental illness that leaves her catatonic more time than most.”
“The Tales from Wonderland miniseries reveals more about the origins of the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, and Alice; how they came about to be transported to Wonderland, and the effect the realm has had on them to transform them into what they are today,” Gregory said. “The series will also reveal some hidden mysteries that will play a much larger role in the upcoming Beyond Wonderland series.”
|Art from Tales From Wonderland: Alice|
Ralph Tedesco writes the second prequel issue, starring the Mad Hatter. “The Mad Hatter in Return is a your typical sociopathic rapist and murderer who preys on pretty much anybody who has the misfortune to run into him,” Tedesco said. “He literally wears different skins in order to lure potential victims into a false sense of security. When Calie first stumbles into his 'cozy' home he appears as this dapper, handsome and charming man but later that skin comes off and we see his true physical appearance which is quite disturbing.
|Art from the Tales From Wonderland Mad Hatter issue|
Raven Gregory is the writer of the final prequel chapter, featuring Alice, and is also writing an origin of Wonderland backup story called “The Experiment” running through each issue of Tales from Wonderland. Taken as a whole, the prequels both lead in to Return to Wonderland and set up the forthcoming Beyond Wonderland.
|Art from the forthcoming Beyond Wonderland|
Brusha teased some upcoming pieces of that puzzle. “We've only scratched the surface of where we want to go with Wonderland and Grimm Fairy Tales,” he said. “We have some other projects in development similar to those two and The Piper series that we released last month. All of these series are connected in terms of the mythology we're developing and all of them are tied together in a way that we haven't revealed yet.”
|Art from Tales From Wonderland|
“I was a huge fan of the original Brothers Grimm fairy tales and the dark nature of those,” Tedesco said. “We all grew up on the Disney-fied versions but I always felt it would be fun to re-write them as dark and creepy and more in tune with the originals--but at the same time be able to add new twists and turns and surprises. It does get a little addictive to write this stuff and I'm just glad that readers have responded so well to what we're doing.”
Gregory agreed, “With eternal stories such as these there's always the sense of another, creepier, darker story lying just beneath the surface of the classic tale...and sometimes in order to get to it, all it takes is a little digging.”
Now discuss this story in CBR’s Independents forum.