Alice in Leatherland #1 Review

Created By: Iolanda Zanfardino & Elisa Romboli

Written By: Iolanda Zanfardino

Illustrated By: Elisa Romboli

Cover By: Elisa Romboli

Published By: Black Mask Studios

Alice is a sweet-loving, charismatic children’s author who adores fairytales. Whilst in the middle of penning her new book, she discovers her perfect happily ever after relationship was all a sham and quickly packs her bags to join her illustrator friend Robin on her move to San Francisco! Here our innocent young author is thrown out of her tranquil surroundings and into a new Wonderland – where her new housemates are out and proud about their kinks. Just what wonders await Alice in this dazzling new town?

I am sure we are all aware of the Lewis Carroll classic that was ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Well this story’s Alice takes herself to the Golden Gate City in search of some freedom, inspiration and distance from her toxic ex girlfriend. She is now on a journey of self discovering after a harsh taste of reality back home. Not wanting to rely on her close friend Robin, Alice takes it upon herself to find her own place, which ultimately ends up being in a shared house with a bunch of ‘interesting women’? Perhaps this will be a tale of sexual awakening and exploration for our timid Alice.


With only 36 pages for our first issue, it has left us with an interesting start to Alice’s next step in life as she settles down in SF. We discover that her illustrator Robin could be a possible love interest in the future, Alice has deep ties to FairyTales and wants to live her life as close to one as she possibly can. Alice also just had a massive shock when she discovered the true feelings her ex had for her and then took it upon herself to just pack up and leave all of a sudden for a new city. Alice appears to be an all or nothing gal from what I read, she has her own style which isn’t racey or controversial. Playing it safe, seeing as her profession is that of a children’s author. It will also be interesting to see how her own story telling will evolve with her lifestyle change to the big city. Will this little firefly discover her light again?

So this comic series is definitely aimed at a more mature audience, as you may have guessed from the front cover. Which I must say has so many details that could be overlooked at first glance, and I am guessing may have several clues as to how this story will progress. For now we are done with the main introductions, but for the issues ahead I will be amazed if there isn’t a rauchy sex scene, a pole dance or some form of bondage. This girl Alice is in a whole new World to explore!


Alice in Leatherland is brought to us by real-life creative couple Iolanda Zanfardino (writer) and Elisa Romboli (artist) while they were in a pandemic lockdown together. Having found the time to sit down and work on a comic book mini series together, they created this diverse, modern romantic comedy that is bound to make a splash in the comic book industry. I’m interested to see where this story will go in further issues and just how far it is willing to illustrate on page. ‘Alice in Leatherland’ is being published by Black Mask Studios, the Los Angeles based indie publishing company. Who has previously published the following acclaimed titles; Calexit, Black, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank, Loud, and Destiny, NY.

Alice in Leatherland #2 is out on the 19th May!

Overall: 8/10

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