Sunday, July 15, 2012

Manga Review: Alice in the Country of Hearts, Vol. 2 [Paperback]

I've finished reading "Alice the Country of Hearts Omnibus Vol. 2" by QuinRose.

Product Description

Kidnapped by a handsome man with rabbit ears, Alice Liddell finds herself abandoned in an odd place called Wonderland and thrust into a "game," the rules of which she has yet to learn. Alice, ever the plucky tomboy, sets off to explore and get the lay of this strange land, intent on finding her rude kidnapper and giving him a piece of her mind (and her fist). But little does she know that she's wandered right into the middle of a dangerous power struggle involving just about all of Wonderland's attractive, weapon-happy denizens. And the only way for Alice to return home is to get acquainted with the lot of them?! How in the world will she manage that and still manage to stay alive?

Product Details
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Yen Press (June 26, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316212725
ISBN-13: 978-0316212724

My Review:

This omnibus edition consists of Vols. 3 and 4.

Vol. 3

This manga series is definitely for the older teen or adult since it deals with subjects not meant for younger audiences.

This manga opens up with Peter White talking to Nightmare about why Peter must make sure that Alice can't remember.

Then we see Alice and Julius talking about why she wants to stay at the Clock Tower and help him with restoring his clocks.  He demands she make him tea in exchange for staying.

Peter admits to Alice that he loves her but she says she can never love him.  He has a tendency to hug her all the time which she doesn't really like.  So he transforms into his rabbit form which Alice finds hard to resist because he's cute.

We also have Tweedle Dee and Dum and in this issue they trick Alice into coming to their room to show her their collection of weapons.  Then they try to kill her by slitting her throat but Elliot March saves her. 

Later in the manga Blood Dupre and even chocks Alice because he's jealous of her and thinks she's a tease.  He says he won't love her and discusses ways to kill her. 

Vol. 4

This volume introduces new characters and a new game for Alice to play.  The volume opens with Alice and Boris going to the amusement park to finally use Gowland's unlimited pass to try out rides.  Some of the rides are too much for Alice and she faints.  Boris has a showdown with Ace the Knight of Hearts who thinks it would be interesting if he kills Alice.  Boris is hurt and warns Alice about Ace wanting to kill her. Alice and Ace come to an understanding.

We also see Nightmare talking to Julius about Alice living somewhere else.  Julius says Alice has the freedom to live where ever she wants.  He has a chat with Alice and she starts crying because she thinks he wants her gone.  He comforts her and she says she wants to stay there because she likes it there.

Invitations to the April Fools Balls are sent and this is when everyone can lie.  During this time seasons change instead of the time and everyone must attend friends and enemies put aside their differences and have a good time.  Nightmare arrives at the Clock Tower with a new character we are introduced too.  He's freezing since it's snowing so Alice goes visit all the different areas to check out the weather.  She meets Joker in the Circus forest.


Other manga in series:

1.  Alice in the Country of Hearts Vol. 1
2.  Alice in the Country of Hearts Vol. 2
3.  Alice in the Country of Hearts Vol. 3
4.  Alice in the Country of Hearts Vol. 4
5.  Alice in the Country of Hearts Vol. 5
6.  Alice in the Country of Hearts Vol. 6
7.  Alice in the Country of Hearts Omnibus Vol. 1 (Vols. 1 - 2)
8.  Alice in the Country of Hearts Omnibus Vol. 2 (Vols. 3 - 4)
9.  Alice in the Country of Hearts Omnibus Vol. 3 (Vol. 5 - 6)

 Thanks Hachette Book Group Canada/Yen Press for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!


Lucy whatthebook said...

This looks really good :) I love reading different takes on the Alice & Wonderland story, especially Manga adaptations.

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Alison Can Read said...

What do you mean by saying that the book deals with things not appropriate for younger readers? Great review :-)

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