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review 2015-12-26 02:18
Alice in the Country of Joker: The Nightmare Trilogy: Late Night Nightmare (vol. 3) story by QuinRose, art by Job, translated by Angela Liu
Alice in the Country of Joker: The Nightmare Trilogy Vol. 3 - Yobu,QuinRose

Alice makes Nightmare accept an invitation so that he can maybe make friends, but it's actually a father hoping to arrange a marriage for one of his daughters. Alice feels jealous and distressed. Then Alice goes off to work as an assistant in Joker's circus, and Joker

stabs Nightmare as part of a magic trick. Later, Joker stabs Gray and turns him against Nightmare. Things finally come to a head as far as Alice and Nightmare's relationship is concerned.

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Extras: A short in which Alice frets over the fact that Nightmare doesn't seem terribly interested in having sex with her. (Spoiler: he's interested, but he's being a gentleman.)

Alice is incredibly annoying, pouty, and jealous. She forces Nightmare to accept an invitation he was going to reject, and then gets jealous because she's not as pretty as the Faceless woman being shoved at him. Never mind that most of the role-holders barely seem to notice or remember individual Faceless, and never mind that Nightmare only met with the woman and her family because Alice herself insisted.

This wasn't worth the time it took to read it and if I were a Nightmare/Alice shipper, I'd be unhappy (oh you poor Nightmare/Alice shippers, you got nothing but crappy volumes, I'm so sorry). It didn't feel like this trilogy was written with any sort of plan in mind. Stuff kept happening, and then Alice and Nightmare fell in love. The end.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2015-12-26 02:14
Alice in the Country of Joker: The Nightmare Trilogy: Afternoon Dream (vol. 2) story by QuinRose, art by Job, translated by Angela Liu
Alice in the Country of Joker: Nightmare Trilogy Vol. 2: Afternoon Dream - Yobu,QuinRose,Angela Liu

Alice feels awkward after Nightmare confesses that he loves her. He's behaving normally and hasn't even asked her out, while she's desperately trying to keep him from telepathically peeking into her head and seeing how he affects her. She learns about a mysterious locked book in his library that's supposed to show you whatever you want to see. She finally manages to open it, and

it shows her a painful real world memory. Meanwhile, others have heard about the book and Alice's connection to the Hatter family and are after her.

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Extras: An Alice in the Country of Hearts short with Nightmare, and then an Alice in the Country of Clover short with Blood.

This trilogy is frustrating. The first volume was filled with what felt like filler stories. The second volume is suddenly all about some book that was never even hinted at in the first volume. Alice remembers her tutor but doesn't seem twisted up by his physical similarity to Blood. Instead, she's all upset about

having once crossed the word “nightmare” out in her sister's dictionary. It might hurt Nightmare's feelings! ::eyeroll::

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The romance is meh, and I still hate the artwork. Job does okay with larger panels but apparently can't be bothered to draw/ink more neatly in smaller ones.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2015-12-26 02:10
Alice in the Country of Joker: The Nightmare Trilogy: Dream Before Dawn (vol. 1) story by QuinRose, art by Job, translated by Angela Liu
Alice in the Country of Joker: Nightmare Trilogy Vol. 1: Dream Before Dawn - Yobu,QuinRose,Angela Liu

Nightmare, who is weak, sickly, and often coughs up blood, wants to prove that he can be relied upon, so he goes on a survival trip with Alice. Then he agrees to play the violin for her, but no one shows up because everyone's afraid of him. Alice tries to help by

disguising him, which causes Joker to accuse her of trying to erase him so that he'll be better liked.

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Extras: A brief story with Alice and Boris, set in the Country of Hearts. Then, in Country of Clover, a story in which Alice runs an errand for Blood and is followed by Peter.

I really, really hate Job's art style. It's messy, and people's faces look odd.

Also, this story is boring. First the survival trip, which felt like filler (who starts a story with filler?),  then the failed concert, and then a cruise. I know that this series is going to include romance between Alice and Nightmare, but it feels forced so far. And Nightmare is an inconsistent and confusing character.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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