Advance Comic Book Review: Willow – Wonderland #1
I haven’t read a lot of the Buffy comics. Not that they suck or anything. Quite the contrary. I’ve often found them to be of a very high quality. They’re just something I intended to keep up with in trades and never got around to it.
I don’t know what attracted me to Willow – Wonderland #1 out of Dark Horse. Maybe it was the teenaged crush I had on her years ago. Maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for a red-head? Maybe because I love a good girl gone bad? I don’t know.
Whatever the reason, I’m glad I took the time to read it.
In a nutshell, Willow – Wonderland explores the climate of the Buffy-verse now that magic has been banished from the world. Willow Rosenberg has had a strong connection with magic for years and now can’t look at the world the same way. Taking things into her own hands, Willow begins a quest to bring magic back to the world.
From the very first page, writer Jeff Parker presents something special. In one page, he sets up a world where the loss of magic doesn’t just affect the likes of witches; everyday peoples’ lives are being affected and they don’t even see it.
I’m not kidding when I say that first page is one of the most beautiful and insightful pieces of writing I’ve read in a comic book.
The rest of the issue takes Willow through the looking glass to a world where she hopes she can harness the power of magic and return it to earth.
Brian Ching’s depiction of the new magical world is beautiful. The physics defying landscapes and monsters are just fun to look at. It’s really visually pleasing.
Although the two magical characters Willow meets in this issue are a little bit muppety, that doesn’t take away from the story or my enjoyment of this comic.
All in all, an enjoyable experience and a welcomed return to Joss Whedon’s world of Buffy.