Alice's imagination (as well as that of Lewis Carroll) is on full display here, as Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass" gets the floppy treatment from Dynamite in their pursuit of delivering "The Complete Alice in Wonderland" in comic book format.
Awano's manga-flavored art takes this story down a different path, giving it an atmospheric quality with open rooms and high ceilings. Complimented by Siqueira's colors, the story of Alice is certainly a bright one. The original illustrations may have inspired this visual interpretation, but they stop at inspiration. Awano interprets the story beautifully, from the looking glass above the fireplace to Tweedledum and Tweedledee. In using the manga style, Awano leaps as far away from any inevitable comparisons to the classic Disney cartoon as possible, but also steers clear of tracing the original illustrations that accompanied Carroll's story.
In reading this issue, I found this comic to be a strong interpretation of the original text, rather than some twisted, regurgitated half-accurate retelling. In prose there are bits that make little sense, but when interpreted through the relative safety of a comic, the story is given new layers of meaning and new settings.
Creatively perched somewhere between the 1951 animated version from Disney and the new CGI-enhanced live action version, this interpretation of Alice's adventures on the other side of the mirror is classic. Despite the manga influence to the art, the visuals are quite independent of timeframe, as the original story itself dates back to the late 1800s and calls upon a sensibility thereof more than once.
Carroll's story is no less imaginative over a century after it was first told. The filter of time and technology has made this story one that encourages imagination, drawing upon the incongruities from Carroll's story. What once must have been viewed as pure insanity is now celebrated in its creativity. That is as it should be, since the tag team of Moore and Reppion do a great job helping translate Carroll's story for a modern day audience.
I've enjoyed the three issues of this tale so far. It is far from the ultimate version of Alice's adventures, but it is an entertaining read and a nice detour from the offerings of current day comicdom.