** The following review while careful not to reveal any actual spoilers from this issue, it does tease the reader with hints as well as spoilers from issues past. Please feel free to purchase this issue on Wednesday **
The aptly named “Willow in Wonderland” is exactly that, a tale of Willow traveling through a strange and magical land to restore balance to The Force, or to restore magic to the Buffyverse as it were.
She will not be alone in this journey, in this strange land Willow makes a new… “friend”. A mysterious stranger who’s true motives are unknown and will manifest as a walking mouthpiece to Willow’s own perhaps even greater quest. The quest to avoid giving into her own personal… well… Dark Side.
This first issue boasts two equally fantastic covers, one by my amazingly talented friend David Mack and an alternate by Megan Lara. I like this because David’s work manifests the inward mental and spiritual concept of the tale whereas Lara’s embodies the outward physical journey. Such duality perfectly portrays this sort of story, and I enjoy it immensely.
The writing is of course quite fantastic and possesses the witty dialogue we fans of the Whedonverse love, the art then goes on to complete the tale. Art will be very important in telling such a dream-like and complex tale of inward and outward magics and struggles.
All in all, an excellent first issue! –N