Alice in the Country of Joker: Nightmare Trilogy 2
October 4, 2015
QuinRose/Job – Seven Seas Entertainment – 2015 – 3 volumes
I love these Nightmare books so much! Mostly because he acts like a regular person. Sort of. And again, he’s also great because nobody else seems to like him or think much of his powers, but he’s weak because his powers are quite impressive, he just never uses them.
This book starts off with an awesome short story about Nightmare being too shy to ask Alice out on a date, so Grey has to manufacture a reason for Nightmare to go out with Alice. Alice thinks its creepy, but it ultimately ends in a sort-of romantic situation that Nightmare doesn’t really move in on and Alice walks away from. I love that he can read her thoughts, and knows that she compliments him a lot, but doesn’t really make a big deal out of it.
We also see the end of the bath scene from the last volume. Uncharacteristically, Alice puts the moves on Nightmare, who runs from the room embarrassed. That’s probably the first and only time that will happen in one of these spin-offs.
The longer plot involves a book locked in a box in Nightmare’s library. The book and box can’t be removed from the library (they disappear when you try), and there doesn’t appear to be a key. Apparently the lock is rather famous, and people begin speculating about what treasure it must contain when word gets out. This winds up involving a gang kidnapping Alice, and the Hatters stepping in to rescue. Except Nightmare’s the one that steps in, and he puts a serious hurt on the gang for injuring Alice. Serious enough that Alice doesn’t really believe he’s the same person, and Nightmare later fears that she’ll be scared of him, just like everyone else.
Later, Alice puts the moves on him again, and he gets shy and it’s another cute scene. Again, I’ve read so many of these, that a break like this is like a breath of fresh air.
There are two very short stories in the back. One is a Nightmare story, where Alice complains about her boring dream and starts dreaming of the other characters in the series, which upsets Nightmare. The second is a Blood story, which is also cute and uncharacteristically not creepy.
I can’t wait for more!