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6.16.2011

Review: The Art of Alice: Madness Returns

The Art of Alice: Madness Returns
Art, Classic Retelling
Hardcover $34.99 (184 pages, DARK HORSE)
Legendary game designer American McGee created one of the most visually arresting games of all time in Alice. Eleven years later, McGee returns with a sequel just as groundbreaking as his critically acclaimed classic - Alice: Madness Returns! Just in time for Madness Returns, Dark Horse and Spicy Horse Games invite Alice fans to take a journey through the wonderland of American McGee's imagination for a look at this magnificent and disturbing world. With text by Madness Returns lead writer and executive producer R. J. Berg, and featuring an introduction by McGee, The Art of Alice offers an intimate look into the artwork behind this blockbuster interpretation of Lewis Carroll's enduring masterpiece.

Alice: Madness Returns Game for PC, XBOX 360, and PS3

For Anyone Who LOVES Alice Stuff (4 stars)

I love all things Alice. Seen the flicks, read the books, even dressed up as a gothy Alice for Halloween. It's one of those stories that can easily be twisted and reinterpreted and remain completely enjoyable. One thing I've regretted never doing though was playing the original American McGee's Alice. I'm just not that big of a gamer, I enjoy video games... just not spending hours in front of them.

When I heard a sequel was coming out I thought I'd check out this art book to see if I might actually want to break my rule and maybe buy the game. If you're not already convinced this book will sell you. the art team on this project exudes passion and had the potential to make this game almost endless. Imaginative, colorful and at the same time horrific this macabre collection of illustrations is insane... but in a good way.

On that note, my only beef here is that so much of the art here is from stuff that was actually not put into the game. I mean, I'm thrilled to see it but it's kind of sad to see such great stuff not make it into the game.

If you enjoy graphic novels and art books, are an Alice aficionado and love gothic, gloomy styling you'll dig this book for sure. Enjoy!



Notes: Received review copy via NetGalley .

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