Title: Alice in the Country of Clover Nightmare
Authors: Quin Rose
Yes, back to back Nightmare stories. After reading the Country of Joker story with Nightmare I was all for picking up a story that happened earlier so to speak. The drawings are still a little odd and get more and more odd as you delve into the book and hit the bonus stories. But the story was still decent and I liked the main story even if it was short. It was rather cute and funny.
In this story, Alice advises Nightmare to take a new kind of medicine that tastes good as Nightmare refuses to take poor tasting medicine for his health and it cures him of his ails but inhibits him from reading thoughts and cause him to be rather focused on work which was something he was loath to do. Some of the comedic moments in this story are great and enjoyable. Yet before the end Nightmare shows more of his swoon worthiness as he takes on a whole group of bad guys by jumping in and out of dreams and just being handsome and amazing as he is spurred to great things for Alice to keep her safe and alive. This simple act alone make my heart melt and goes to prove that I am a bit of a girly girl.
The side stories I will admit I don’t remember well and did not like because of the art. The art in the main story was off from what I was used to but it wasn’t so bad to distract from the story the later art that tells a story of Ace, Peter White and Alice and then one of Alice and the Bloody Twins was soo off that I only remember the art and not so much the story.
Aside from the main story which I enjoyed and found enjoyable I think my favorite part of the book are the bonus strips as they very much made me giggle. There is one on the inside cover, one at the end of the main story, that happens just after it and the one on the back cover. They are cute comedic and show a lighter side of Nightmare that makes me adore him more beyond his swoon worthiness.
For the Nightmare story that was maybe ½ of the book itself I would give it a 4 out of 5 page review (and this includes the bonus strips as they are Nightmare centric. But the book as a whole loses a whole page making it a 3 out of 5 page book for the poor art work and about ¼ of the book being a preview for a new manga series.