Welcome to Wanderland #1 from Boom is a Playful Fairy Tale

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Writer: Jackie Ball / Artists: Maddi Gonzalez & Nimali Abeyrante / BOOM Studios

Magical Ritual

You know that moment when you hear music going on in your head while you read something when it didn’t come with a soundtrack? Yeah. You want a diss track with some sparkles? Give me some of that Welcome to Wanderland.

I’m not even going to hold you, I was dying throughout the whole comic. Welcome to Wanderland gave me The Chronicles of Narnia with a dash of Adventure Time vibes. If there was anything that I needed to enjoy myself after a hard day and ignite my imagination, it was this comic. Immediately, I felt thrown in this new universe with our protagonist, Bellamy Muñoz. I felt the motions of confusion with a cup of “this is actually dope whose magic beans do I have to steal to experience this myself”? The writing felt so close to childhood. Homely like an RPG where the adventure begins where you expect, but leads where no mystery ends.

Writer Jackie Ball (Goldie Vance) and artist Maddi Gonzalez (Elements) are on point with every page and every image.

Playful Ritual

What I enjoyed most about the Ball’s writing is the playful ritual that is highlighted within language. I love humor that brings together two aspects that are normally not combined. With that there is a thin line between tragedy/dramatics versus comedy/dramatics. It always manages to go to the latter by the end of the sentence and it really causes you to think and feel the protagonist’s words more passionately. What I hope to see more of is the suspense aspect coming to play. We have seen the fairy tale coming to life story before, but there are many ways to make it seem different. The art by Gonzalez in Issue #1 plays into the fairy tale aspects well. This comic never failed to ignite the imagination. The words and the color brightened my heart and I would recommend this issue to all ages.

From the “princess loving preteen” to “cos-playing empresses of the galaxy” this is not only a dream to experience but a comic that will probably seep into my subconscious. I’m excited to see where the “fairy tale gone wrong” will take the readers and what it will add to fans of future creators.

8.8 Rebel Pixie Hair-flips out of 10

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  • Khadjiah Johnson is a Caribbean-American writer and humor advocate who uses poetry and comedy as a leverage to empathize and uplift. Her work has taken her to Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Apollo Theater, BET, Off-Broadway and many more! She hopes to use her talents to sway her way into the writers room for a Late Night Comedy Show.

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