Hatter M: Volume One - The Looking Glass Wars
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Hatter M: Volume One - The Looking Glass Wars (Hatter M #1)

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Hardcover, First Edition, 165 pages
Published 2007 by Desperado Pub.
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Bry
This is supposed to be a telling of Hatter M's adventures during all of those years he was searching for Princess Alyss in the real world. The idea is that it is pieced together from his own journals left behind in our world along with random ephemera concerning him like old newspaper articles and what not.

The art in this book was what I found most lacking. The dialog ran like a manga. It was sparse and tried to allow the images to speak instead. The only problem was that the art was so ephemera...more
Suj
Adds nothing whatsoever to the overall story. I am starting to feel that the author and his gang are just milking the success of the 1st book for all its worth.
Kendrawesome
Well, the premise is interesting enough, but the execution...

It's a fairly jumbled mess; perhaps if I'd read Beddor's Wonderland series of books, I'd know what was going on--or at least get more out of it. I did love having the Mad Hatter as a knight with a deadly hat (like a cooler version of Oddjob), but the story jumped so quickly and was rather disjointed, so I felt like it was a bit of a waste. Templesmith's art also felt a bit wasted, since it was so overdone with the Photoshopping; it was...more
David Edmonds
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Lanica
Feb 15, 2010 Lanica rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who enjoyed the original novels.
Recommended to Lanica by: Erin
The original books were a good read, although the first novel was better than the second, which was a lot better than the third. I enjoyed the series as a whole and found the character of Hatter Madigan simply wonderful. I am a fan of the medium of graphic novels, and looked forward to these with great anticipation because they were written by the original author, not another person's imagining of someone else character.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with both the story and, even more so, th...more
Kate
Jan 12, 2009 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Stacy
I wasn't a few pages in before I realized that this was the same artist that did 30 Days of Night. It's a very unique style and it worked for this story. There were quite a few artistic tricks that really brought an element to the story that might not have been used in the novel format.

I can't help but compare this to another graphic novel based on a book I just read, Neverwhere. That story was so complex that it was difficult to follow as a graphic novel, and the artwork did not seem to add an...more
Tina Rae
May 09, 2012 Tina Rae rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of LGW
So I've never really been one to read graphic novels. Mostly because I'm more fond of words on a page and the poetry that comes from them than pictures with a few words here and there. At least, that's always been my opinion of graphic novels. But this one-- wow! It definitely changed my opinion altogether.

I think the main reason I enjoyed this so much is because I felt the book did a bit of skipping over the 13 years in our world. I really felt that I missed something there. And to go into it h...more
Mizuki
The artwork is awesome, the story is highly imaginative; but I guess I am too old for the overly simple Good vs. Evil setting.
April Helms
I had really been looking forward to this graphic novel spinoff of "Looking Glass Wars" and "Seeing Redd" -- which are excellent "alternate fantasies" to "Alice in Wonderland." This was a bit disappointing. There were some bright spots of dry humor with Hatter M, one of the neatest characters Beddor created. But the comic is not that well-drawn, and it's too monochrome. The story itself was a bit choppy.
Lora
This was disappointing. I was really excited to hear about this graphic novel because I love the original Looking Glass Wars so much. However, this book was crazy. Ben Templesmith did the art, and I loved it, but that's about it. I liked the character of Hatter, but the story was strange. When vampires were introduced I was UPSET. There are no vampires in the Wonderland stories!
Jennifer A.M.
This is a very well illustrated graphic novel. However - I feel it is more of a companion piece than a stand alone. Although I knew the gist of the story - some of the elements and characters were unclear in this graphic novel. I think this piece would be better if you read it after you read the regular novel.
Trevor
At times, I felt like I missed something, or didn't know what was going on. But instead of frustrating me, it makes me want to go get Beddor's first Looking Glass Wars book. Plus, anything that Ben Templesmith touches is going to be fun to look at, so at least check out the art in this book!
Beth
Disappointing. There is little to no dialog that is awkward to read. Plus the character came off completely different from the book series. Great artwork but felt too disconnected from the original story.
Donna
How did we end up here?

I loved THE LOOKING GLASS WARS so I much and because Hatter was quite possibly my favorite character in the whole series I just HAD to add his comics to my Want list. Lucky for me my secret Santa got me the first volume this past Christmas and I couldn’t keep myself from it any longer.

Okay, book. You've got 50 pages. Go!

Fifty pages is nearly half the book since it’s a comic (graphic novel, whatever) but they were a good fifty pages, telling the engaging story of how Hatter...more
Emmie
Book six of 2011: two stars. I'm not entirely sure where to start. I:m usually all for graphic novels and spinoffs of popular novels, but when they're tastefully done. I can say I really wanted this to be a good book. The idea of the Mad Hatter being some kick-butt bodyguard to the princess of Wonderland was pretty awesome to say the least. But let me tell you what this book is:

It's a fetch quest. An unfinished fetch quest, with bland characters and a pretty cliche plot. Wonderland is supposed t...more
Cornerofmadness
This graphic novel interested me by the cover art alone. Then I realized it was a retelling of Alice in Wonderland and had to get it from the library. Then I learned there are novels but more on that later. It’s postulating that Lewis Carrrol had it totally backwards. Alice didn’t fall through the looking glass into Wonderland. She is Princess Alyss OF Wonderland and she’s lost here on earth.

Wonderland has come under attack as the red queen tries to take over her sister’s throne. The White Queen...more
Arminzerella
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Nicola Mansfield
I haven't read the novels so I'm jumping in here with no prior knowledge of the story. I am under the presumption that this is a parallel story to Alice's story in the original novels. It's easy enough to figure out that Hatter has been separated from Alyss and is spending his time searching for her. He lands in Paris and later takes a puddle to Budapest. There is a flashback to the novel retelling how and why Alice escapes to our world. So I felt pretty comfortable with the story though there w...more
Kate
*Please note that this is a spin-off of the first book of The Looking Glass Wars series, so the review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.*

I have been a long time fan of The Looking Glass Wars series, so I was really excited to take my love for this series into a different medium. The first thing I did upon opening the novel was take a minute to fully appreciate the artwork of this graphic novel. It is simply breathtaking. My attention was captured by its sketchy style, layers of textur...more
Julie Hayes
Hatter Madigan is the Royal Bodyguard for Queen Genevieve. When the kingdom of Wonderland is attacked by forces under the control of the queen’s vile sister, Hatter wishes to take both Genevieve and her daughter Alyss and flee, but the queen will not have that. She begs him to take Alyss to safety, and there to keep her from harm until it is safe for her to return. Against his better judgment, Hatter does just that. Unfortunately, he didn’t expect to be separated from Alyss, nor to begin a 13 ye...more
Tina
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Abby
Hatter Madigan, the bodyguard of the Queen of Hearts, left Wonderland with Princess Alyss to keep her safe when the queen's sister attacked the palace to attempt to usurp the throne. On their way to our world, the hatter and Alyss were separated, and he is now searching for her, following those with a strong imagination in the hopes that they will lead him to the princess.

This book chronicles Hatter Madigan's dark and violent war against black imagination, and the art is also dark and visually v...more
Karissa
I read Beddor's Looking Glass War series and enjoyed it but I wanted to know more about Hatter M! I was excited to see that this graphic novel was supposed to cover just that...Hatter M's backstory. Unfortunately the artwork was vague and hard to follow and the story itself didn't add nearly as much as I had hoped.

This graphic novel starts the story of Hatter M's years searching our world for Alyss. In this novel he finds a girl he thinks is Alyss and tries to save her from an evil Countess who...more
Icats
I had just finished reading Alice and Wonderland when I saw this book, Hatter M The Looking Glass Wars Volume One in the Graphic Novel Reporter newsletter. I was intrigued on what twist they would do on the original story and from the cover; it also looked like great eye-candy.

The premise for the story is great. In this version we have Hatter Madigan, who is a loyal bodyguard to Queen Genevieve (the White Queen) and one of the fierce blades men of the Royal Wonderland Millinery. He wears a magic...more
Nik
I love this graphic novel series. I read this first book not long after release in 2007, thus this is a re-read for me. I was a mega fan of the Looking Glass Wars and so glad to have stumbled into Frank Beddor's world of Wonderland turned on it's head for an interesting take on what really happened to "Alice" and her people. Hatter M is the "Mad Hatter" but more angry honestly then mad. He escapes the palace after Redd's coup and Queen Guinevere tells him to take Princess Alyss and hide in anoth...more
Shazza Maddog
Oddly enough, I found volume two of the graphic novel in the library and requested volume one. Of course, by the time volume one came in, someone had checked out volume two...but that's not the real story, is it?

As this graphic novel is based on a literary novel, the feel of it is rather rushed, without a lot of detail. I could tell I was missing back story, despite this only being volume one. The story is relatively simple: Lewis Carroll got it wrong. Alice Liddell didn't fall down a rabbit hol...more
Kate
The art in this was beautiful but sometimes a little difficult to see what exactly was going on. I really enjoyed the story. It mixed many of my favorite elements; Victorian Paris, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, foreign languages. Parts of the story were also pretty funny like a French man saying "le huh? Anyway, I like Beddor and Cavalier's interpretation of the classic Alice in Wonderland story and the twist they put on it. I look forward to reading the next two volumes!
Nikki
I haven't read The Looking Glass Wars, and didn't know anything about them when I picked up this graphic novel. I was attracted to the artwork, which reminds me a little of Dave McKean's (though not quite up to that level), and also to the twist on the Alice in Wonderland story.

I think the story has some promise; I like the concept of the badass hatter looking for a lost Alyss. But it's too sparse. I felt like I went through a lot of pages with not much content. And sometimes it was hard to tel...more
travelgirlut
I've read the first couple books of the Looking Glass Wars series and saw this at the library so decided to check it out. The whole thing was somewhat disappointing to me. Having read The Looking Glass Wars so long ago, there were a lot of things in the book that I was thinking, Huh?, while "reading." The drawings themselves were just a mess to me. A whole lot of scribbles. I skipped over quite a few sections that had no words in order to not tax my brain in figuring out what was being depicted....more
Ingrid
Wow! I really liked this book! I picked up the first issue at Free Comic Book day and now I'm hooked! I just love bodyguard Hatter M and his intelligent hat! I'm going to run out and pick up the next volume!

Favorite part: Hatter M has lost his hat in Paris but spots a hat shop and goes inside. He starts flinging hats around trying to find one with a good set of blades but is saddened when they turn out to be duds!
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In addition to being an author with a penchant for retelling Alice in Wonderland, he is also a champion freestyle skier, a film producer, stuntman, actor, and CEO of Automatic Pictures Production Co.
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