Frank Beddor and Liz Cavaliers excellent Hatter M series continues on with a change of artist from Ben Templesmith to Sami Makkonen. Although I don’t particularly like Sami’s drawing style, it is remarkable how he has managed to capture a similar look and feel for this book. It probably doesn’t make a lot of sense to say this but even though I don’t like the pencils and ink, the book is still visually very appealing.
In volume 2, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan’s maniacal quest to find Alyss continues. His search stretches from the dark alleys of London to the grim battlefields of America’s Civil War. In this book Hatter encounters many unusual folk including magical child healers, prophetic snake handlers, deranged outlaws, mad psychiatrists, inept assassins and passionate southern belles. The Hatter begins to understand that the red queen is having a distinctly bad influence on the real world through the auspices of her minions and that his quest for Alyss is not going to plan.
Volume 2 continues on with its disturbing treatment of children by the forces of evil and its strangely compelling story line. Hatter M almost meets his match with the minions of the red queen ending up losing his hat and knives but he is helped out by the least likely of folk. “Mad With Wonder ” is Printed on excellent quality paper stock, has tons of extras, is great to look at, has great story and will appeal to anyone who enjoyed the first volume. [ISBN-13: 978-0981873725]. 8/10