Review: One Minute to Wonderland
The immortal Eddie Money was one of those singers whose voice was emblematic of a time and his music was just as syncopated to the current temperature of the world. His song “Take Me Home Tonight” was one of those songs that no matter when you hear it, it’s still as good as the first time. Of course, his career was filled with even more songs that made him an icon. One of those songs just so happen to be “Two Tickets To Paradise,” a which showed his versatility as a musical virtuoso.
It’s something about music from the 1980s that felt as if it spoke to not only a certain aesthetic but to how you wanted to feel. Living in the city is a whole other experience that most do not ever really know about. The place I grew up in made me more open-minded than the people I would end up getting to know. In the articulately woven tales told by Karl Christian Krumpholz, he offers the world yet another masterpiece in One Minute To Wonderland.
In a series of panels, Krumpholz examines the city through its inhabitants and extrapolating what he sees who they are. “In the striking “He Embraced his loneliness”, we see how one man accepts his lot in life. In” He Just Wanted To Be Acknowledged”, a homeless wallows in his existence, as he denunciation to most people is far too transparent. In “And She Was Ready”, one woman whose life is under duress from an abusive relationship has seen its last days. In “Though She Left years Ago”, one woman reminisces of the city she left an what she loves about it most. In “Through Drunken Eyes”, one lush finds the beauty in city lights. In “ Away From the City”, one woman is finally able to see the world is bigger than the city she lives in. In “ She Could Never Stand The Sirens”, one woman’s disdain for the noises of the city drives her to madness. In the final story I will highlight, “ He Wasn’t Ready To Say Goodbye”, one man finds letting go to be the hardest thing he ever had to do.
Overall, another engaging collection by Krumpholz, but one that has the audacity to challenge the medium in convention and thought. The stories by Krumpholz is brilliant and well developed. The art by Krumpholz is captivating. Altogether, a set of stories that pushes the reader to infer and to derive more from one panel than most creators do, making what Krumpholz is doing here, revolutionary.
Story: Karl Christian Krumpholz Art: Karl Christian Krumpholz
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy