In a one-of-a-kind graphic novel collaboration between the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian and the beloved illustrator behind Sarah’s Scribbles, Alice, Wendy, and Dorothy team up to save the multiverse, from Wonderland to Neverland and Oz.
Originating as fan fiction from the brilliant imagination of Andy Weir, now brought to vivid life by Sarah Andersen, Cheshire Crossing is a funny, breakneck, boundlessly inventive journey through classic worlds as you’ve never seen them before.
Years after their respective returns from Wonderland, Neverland, and Oz, the trio meet here, at Cheshire Crossing—a boarding school where girls like them learn how to cope with their supernatural experiences and harness their magical world-crossing powers.
But Alice, Wendy, and Dorothy—now teenagers, who’ve had their fill of meddling authority figures—aren’t content to sit still in a classroom. Soon they’re dashing from one universe to the next, leaving havoc in their wake—and, inadvertently, bringing the Wicked Witch and Hook together in a deadly supervillain love match.
To stop them, the girls will have to draw on all of their powers . . . and marshal a team of unlikely allies from across the magical multiverse.
Advance praise for Cheshire Crossing
“Deliciously funny . . . a shrewd and spirited adaptation that will leave audiences hoping for another installment . . . Andersen’s delightful cartoon drawing style meshes perfectly with Weir’s prose, allowing the work to broaden its appeal beyond middle graders to young adults and adults.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Weir (Artemis for adults) and Andersen (the Sarah's Scribbles series for adults) team up to bring Weir's early webcomic to print in this fantasy mash-up that pitches together Wendy Darling, Dorothy Gale, and Alice Liddell as teenagers diagnosed with "dissociative psychosis." In 1910, the trio arrives at Cheshire Crossing, an English boarding school/research facility where they are the only patients the doctor believes that they really can travel to other worlds and is soon proven correct. Alice uses Dorothy's slippers to travel to Oz, and Wendy is drawn along as she attempts to stop Alice. It's not long before all three and their umbrella-wielding caretaker face off against the Wicked Witch of the West and Captain Hook in an adventure that spans Earth, Neverland, Wonderland, and Oz. Andersen's large-eyed characters are reminiscent of manga and scenes convey the crux of each world, but Captain Hook is portrayed as the lone protagonist of color, and the story retains stereotypical images of Native Americans in Neverland. Other elements Dorothy's history undergoing "electric shocks" in sanitariums, a Peter Pan aged to his teenage years and feeling "physical needs" seem aimed at an audience older than the stated age range. Ages 8 12.
Too Far Out
Weir has a wonderful way of mixing science with adventure and emotionalism. But this little experiment just didn’t work for me.
Went from pure Weir to pure Weird.