Review: Wunderland (issues 1 + 2)
Wunderland 1 & 2
Review by Stephen Ward
Written by Rev. Baden Stanley
Art by Darren Nesbitt
Issue 1 lays the groundwork for the series. The reader is introduced to the characters, characters such as (the wonderfully named) Tuna the camel, Putt-Putt the tractor and the rest of the toys. Santa has brought the toys to life to bring wonder to young boys named Jonathan and Luke.
As the story unfolds, we learn that there is a war between the toys and the ‘bathroom frogs’. And as part of this war, the toys have to be cautious that the frogs don’t hear the stories they tell each other.
The story is enjoyable with a cast of distinctive array of characters. Rev. Stanley certainly has a knack for telling a story. There are a lot of characters but the writing doesn’t get bogged down in introducing us to them all.
The art in issue 1 is good but lacks consistency with regards to the finished art on the page. Some art is washed out compared to the rest of the comic. This could possibly be a printing issue though. The layouts throughout the comic are well chosen and can’t really be faulted aside from the ink issue mentioned.
Another small quibble is with the inconsistency with the speech bubbles. For the most part they are the conventional shape used. But every so often, with no reason that I can discern, they change to the shape of thought bubbles. Even though the text indicates that one character is talking to another character. It’s something that slightly spoils reading as I was wondering the significance of the difference in the speech bubble instead of getting on with the story.
Issue 2 further develops the conflict between the toys and frogs. It also brings more of the characters into the mix.
The washed out inks that made an appearance in issue 1 are gone and give a better reader experience. The art is also hitting a higher mark with some panels that really let Nesbitts art shine. Some of the art could do with some tightening up on the linework but this is the exception rather than the norm.
The variations of the speech bubbles persist but having read issue 1, it wasn’t really a problem with reading issue 2.
Wunderland is a comic aimed younger readers with a Christian flavour to it. The story is enjoyable with the artwork showing improvement as the issues progress. I look forward reading issue 3.