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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and creepy
Templesmith strikes again with a colourful telling of a dark tale, spinning off from the ever-popular Alice in Wonderland launchpad and careening into it's own pastel-soaked world of ghouls and gallantry: Hatter M is a romp. It won't change the world but it does raise a flag for it's own.
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Mr N E Drake

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2.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately forgettable
Hatter M has always been a book that I have been aware of(being a long-time fan of Templesmith) and was one that I finally sought out late last year. I recall its original release and being rather excited by the art-work, yet having to pass upon it at the time due to a lack of money.

So many years down the line, having amassed quite a collection of...
Published on 11 Aug 2010 by Acheron


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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and creepy, 19 Jan 2012
This review is from: Hatter M Volume 1: The Looking Glass Wars: Looking Glass Wars v. 1 (Hatter M Looking Glass Wars) (Paperback)
Templesmith strikes again with a colourful telling of a dark tale, spinning off from the ever-popular Alice in Wonderland launchpad and careening into it's own pastel-soaked world of ghouls and gallantry: Hatter M is a romp. It won't change the world but it does raise a flag for it's own.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately forgettable, 11 Aug 2010
This review is from: Hatter M Volume 1: The Looking Glass Wars: Looking Glass Wars v. 1 (Hatter M Looking Glass Wars) (Paperback)
Hatter M has always been a book that I have been aware of(being a long-time fan of Templesmith) and was one that I finally sought out late last year. I recall its original release and being rather excited by the art-work, yet having to pass upon it at the time due to a lack of money.

So many years down the line, having amassed quite a collection of Templesmith's visceral work, I sought out Hatter M. The premise seemed interesting enough and with a solid base(Carrol's "Wonderland".) Something which should really allow for the writers to re-envision and explore an already famous world. Unfortunately, such prospects seem altogether squandered upon poor scripting and lazy execution.

Hatter is essentially a body-guard-come-assassin for the royal line within Wonderland. He has undergone years of training to become a member of the protectorial elite and master all of their iconic weapons; such as the bladed/anthropomorphic hat as well as a harness known as the 'bug,' which contains a network of secreted blades. The tale begins with the Royal line in Wonderland being slain by the emissaries of the Red Queen, who wishes to usurp their rule and take Wonderland for her own. However, Alice just manages to escape the slaughter in Wonderland and enter onto our world, Earth, thanks to the royal bodyguard known as Hatter M. Hatter, having sworn an oath to the (now deceased) King & Queen, brought Alice to our world yet loses her en route. He must now track down and protect the lost Alice, understanding that the longer he leaves her the longer Wonderland shall be without their true queen. Knowing as well that if Alice is upon Earth too long - she may forget who she is and Wonderland as a whole. While she lives and is beyond the reach of the Red Queen - there is still hope for Wonderland. Yet the Red Queen is not without her friends upon the world above.

The delivery of Hatter M's narrative felt lazy and without structure; a half-concluded concept. Usually within trades the reader shall understand that volume one is part of a bigger tale, yet this one makes very little effort to have any stories contained within this first trade(and having read the second trade which seems to have communicated a completely unrelated tale - made me wonder what the hell the writers were thinking.) Templesmith's art is as strong as it always has been, yet the writing leaves a lot to be desired. There are very few original ideas and naught to truly grip the reader outwith the 'concept' of an interesting take on Alice In Wonderland. Perhaps the authors have known all a long the world which they have devised, and have simply been lost within it for too long to really convey it effectively to the uninitiated.

I genuinely find it difficult to recommend this as it is one of the most uninspired trades I have read in quite some time. Even as a die hard Templesmith fan I found myself questioning why I had bothered to conclude it and read Volume 2(which Templesmith is not part of.) From my understanding the Looking Glass Wars is a reasonably successful series of novels, novels which may explain the characters and world in far greater detail. If that is the case then those already familiar with the series may love this; yet as someone completely alien to the material? I can not help but feel as though the hazard of the Rabbit Hole ought to have been filled with cement long before anyone tumbled into it.
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