Saturday, October 14, 2023

Book Review: Disney Twisted-Wonderland volume 2

Stranded in the world of Twisted Wonderland, Yu must brave a magical school filled with ghosts, monsters, and uncooperative students!

Yu is formally enrolled in Night Raven College. He’s even a prefect…of Ramshackle Dorm. But that doesn’t mean things are getting any easier for him. When his classmate Ace shows up on his doorstep after getting in trouble, Yu faces his biggest challenge yet!

Disney-Twisted Wonderland volume 2 will be released on November 14, 2023. VIZ Media provided an early galley for review.

Earlier this year, I was able to review volume 1 of the series which I found very enjoyable. I am eager to see how the story continues in this collection of the manga.

The first of the seven chapters here finishes the opening arc of the series, with Yu and Grim finding their place at the school. Then chapters 6 through 11 provide a lot more world building details of other locations on campus, especially the Heartslabyul dormitory house where Ace, Deuce and Trey are assigned. In fact, we start to get a bit more establishing details on these three who are adding to the core of the book's team of protagonists.

Once again, I enjoyed when the classic Disney elements are emphasized - in each of the houses, in several of the instructors, and even in the two page spreads from Yu's dreams. The Disney connection works very well here, just as it did in the Kingdom Hearts video games and manga from the earlier part of the 2000's. The addition of the style guides at the end offer more details from the faculty members modelled after additional Disney villains.

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