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Willow Volume 1: Wonderland (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) [Kindle Edition]

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Armed with Buffy's broken scythe, Willow has entered another dimension and begun a quest to somehow, someway, against all odds, bring magic back to Earth. She must keep her darkest self at bay while she battles demons-the scaly and horned type as well as her own! Collects the five-issue miniseries. Season 9 continues with Willow's story! "Ching, much like Parker, captures the essence of Willow Rosenberg and adds the magic (and the monsters) to the mystical wonderland in which our witch finds herself stranded."-iFanboy "Brian Ching's attractive artwork has strong transitions and his drawing of Buffyverse characters strikes a great balance between recognizable faces and keeping his own distinctive line intact. Michelle Madsen's colors are also easy on the eye." -Comic Book Resources

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastical spin-off with gorgeous artwork 22 Mar. 2014
By docyer
This 5-part miniseries is an excellent little spin-off - concerning the events following magic being cut off from Earth and Willow's attempts to bring it back.

The cover and chapter break artwork is amazing - beautiful watercolours which perfectly capture Alyson Hannigan's expressions from the show. The actual artwork used in the panelling of the story is also brilliant - a good blend of cartoony action with hints of realism. This comic is set in a variety of alternate dimensions and fantastical landscapes, so often the characters find themselves in a bleak desert-like spaces, (so perhaps without the detail of the San Franciscan streets seen in 'Buffy - Season Nine').

The story is fun and fairly engaging, with a neat and sweet resolution.

However, be aware of the chronology of this story. It can be hard to find a definitive reading order for the 'Buffy' comics and their spin-offs online, but you should know that this story is set sometime after the events of Buffy Season 9 - Issue 5 - 'Slayer, interrupted' as Willow as been searching for a source of magic on Earth, upon which she then goes to 'Angel and Faith' and involves herself in adventure in a dimension called Quortoth. Really all that is needed to understand this is Buffy season 9 - Volume 1, (which I had read, but i hadn't read Angel and Faith. So, overall reading order:

Buffy Season 9 Volume 1
Angel and Faith Volume 1
Buffy Season 9-Volume 2
Angel and Faith Volume 2
Spike: A Dark Place
Buffy Season 9 - Volume 3
Angel and Faith Volume 3
Willow: Wonderland

Worth buying!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Willow on Walkabout 15 May 2014
By Pink Fluffy Bunny TOP 50 REVIEWER
The stories running through the five-issues of Dark Horse Comics’ mini-series ‘Willow- Wonderland’ are collected as Willow Volume 1: Wonderland (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). This is an excellently written and illustrated story which takes Willow from her parting of the ways with Angel and Faith in Angel & Faith Volume 3: Family Reunion, through to her return to Earth with the cure for all ills in Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 5: The Core (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)). This is a sort of internalised quest story, as Willow meets various characters, including a coven of witches set up by her former(?) guide, the trickster demon she met back in the one-shot ‘Goddesses and Monsters’ (and collected in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 7: Twilight (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse))). She has to learn several lessons, including one from her old friend Rack (from the TV series) before she is able to reconcile herself with her powers, and free herself from certain self-imposed illusions. It might sound a bit vague, but I want to avoid spoilers; and there are very good stories and character-development in this volume – it is not just some wishy-washy pseudo-mysticism; there’s some serious pseudo-mysticism here!

Anyway, if you have been following Buffy seasons eight and nine, this is an important bridging volume. If you haven’t, then start from Buffy season eight volume one, if you want to appreciate what is going on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 Aug. 2014
I really enjoyed reading this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New title, New fun 22 Aug. 2013
By E. A. Engebrecht - Published on
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: WillowWonderland
Script: Jeff Parker and Christos Gage
Pencils: Brian Ching
Inks: Jason Gorder
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Jimmy Betancourt

Reviewed from NetGalley ARC

Rating: R Creative Must

Just months after Buffy destroys the seed of magic in order to save the world (again), Willow starts to notice changes all around her. Her friends just think she misses the power she had when magic was around; however, power is not the only thing missing. Rainbows only have two colors, no one can hit a note, suicide rates are rising, and creativity is slowly deteriorating. As she leaves to find a solution, Willow explores new dimensions and herself while confronting her past. Giant worms try to eat her; she's drugged and kept pliant; a large blue caterpillar gives her magic memory water; the protagonist overcomes the challenges that hamper her on the way to her goal--finding or creating a pipeline of magic that flows back to Earth.

Any Buffyverse fan will enjoy this side-trip that features Willow the witch and her delicate relationship with magic. The artists rendered highly detailed comic-style graphics, which allows the reader to better visualize the fantastical landscapes, which the characters jump between during their quest. Many of the characters play no bigger part than to reaffirm the protagonist's inner monolog as she tries to find the root of her magic anxieties. Fortunately, Willow didn't come across as whiny, which is a recurring problem when other authors portray self-doubt and misery. To best understand this iteration of Buffy, the reader needs to have a working knowledge of the seven season television program and the Season 8 comic series. Reading Season 9, Faith & Angel, and even Spike's side story will give the reader an even deeper appreciation for Willow's journey to bring magic back to Earth. By the end of this graphic novel, the reader will wonder how many hidden references were included. The many clues about where Season 9 will take the fan base as Joss Whedon's brain child continues to grow in unpredictable ways are fun to search out.

This book would make a great addition to any collection. Libraries will be glad to have another strong female character as well as an adventure fantasy that features soul searching and self-confidence. Physical battles amongst mental challenges make this a great read and a worthy addition to the Buffyverse.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Willow Wonderful 18 Nov. 2013
By Jennifer K. Velez - Published on
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A wonderful addition to the Buffy-verse. I loved that they decided to spend some time with Willow being that it is the first time we the audience are given some insight into Willow's world/mind/POV since the series ended. It is about time she is given some agency.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly Willow 3 Jan. 2014
By Matt - Published on
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Good story and art, but I didn't feel the writer had Willow's voice exactly. Probably would have been nice to have some sort of explanation of what went on in the Angel story, as I don't read that
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical and Lovely 27 Nov. 2013
By Brian M. Fawcett - Published on
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A magical tale of Willow entering another dimension and trying to find a way to bring magic back to the world. Brilliant and fun with a few surprises along the way!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Title doesn't fit so well, but not a bad story. 9 Oct. 2013
By W. McCoy - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
When magic disappears from our world, Willow goes in search of it in others. She teams up with a creature named Marrak, who is misshapen by dark magic.

Willow fears what dark magic can do to her, so she fights it, but she may need to call on it to return home. On the planet are all kinds of creatures, including a sort of raven creature that carries dreams. If you get hit by one, you are immediately in that dream world. Willow also runs into a bunch of fellow witches, all strange and beautiful.

Willow Wonderland has a title that I found a little misleading. It may refer to Alice in Wonderland, and there is a referential character in a small part of the book, but the rest of the book takes place on a barren planet full of some strange monsters.

Willow was one of my favorite Buffy characters, and to see her in these Season 9 issues with power and some confidence is nice. The pencils and inks by Ching and Gorder are good and there is a sketchbook at the back that goes through the creative process.
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