Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1: A New Take on an Influential Classic

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Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1 is a beautiful new vision of a classic comic strip from the early 1900s created by Winsor McCay. Each comic started out with Little Nemo in his bed, followed by an adventurous and crazy dream, and ended with him waking up, in disarray from the wild dream he had just awoken from. Eric Shanower’s Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1 is exactly that – a return to a familiar and beloved place, but also a way to introduce someone to the wondrous world of Slumberland and that characters that inhabit it.

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1 thrusts you into Slumberland at the peak of a very important time: King Morpheus sits atop his throne in the Palace of Slumberland, while his court jumps all over each other decreeing that each have a name for him. These names are potential new playmates for the Princess, who is desperate for one. One of them shouts that he has the one, a little boy named James Nemo Summerton. The Princess is delighted, he must be it, for Nemo was the name of her previous playmate, whom she loved dearly. Various members of the court attempt to retrieve “Nemo” (which is his middle name, he repeatedly points out), but each mission fails for a variety of fun and silly reasons. Nemo is completely against playing with a GIRL, but as he sees more and more glimpses of life in Slumberland, his curiosity begins to peak.

Eisner-award winning writer/artist Eric Shanower was the perfect person to tackle this comic, having previously created The Wonderful Wizard of Oz which was based on L. Frank Baum’s epic stories. Shanower is obviously a big fan of the original works and respectfully tells his own version of the new Nemo’s adventures in Slumberland. The storytelling layout and structure are very similar to how to the original was done, but with enough of it’s own personality to intrigue new readers and please fans of Winsor McCay’s Nemo. Eisner-award nominee Gabriel Rodriguez also pays a loving tribute with his artwork. The characters, atmosphere and colors transport you to McCay’s Slumberland and you’ll feel like you are dreaming right along with Nemo. There are lots of interesting ways Rodriquez plays with panels and pages and re-envisions it in a way that would surely make Winsor proud.

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1 is the first issue in an ongoing series and perfectly establishes what it’s like in Nemo’s world of seemingly endless dreams. It is suitable for kids of all ages (and for adults who are really kids at heart).

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1 will be available on August 20th from IDW Publishing.

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