Alice in the Country of Hearts Volume One is a manga with the story by QuinRose, and the art done by Soumei Hoshino. This volume was released in North America by Tokyopop in 2010. The rating for Alice in the Country of Hearts is “OT” for older teens 16 and up; after reading this first volume, I would agree with this rating.
As the title of the series implies, it is influenced by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The story begins with a girl named Alice Liddell being woken up from a nap by her older sister. Alice believes her sister is an ideal lady, but that she herself is not. When her sister leaves to get a deck of cards to play a game of cards, Alice lays back down to take another quick nap.
Alice is roused by a talking white rabbit wearing clothes. The rabbit chastises her, saying she should be chasing him now. Suddenly, the rabbit turns into a man wearing rabbit ears, and he scoops Alice up. He takes her to a hole and throws her down. The two go down the hole together and fall into Wonderland. The man in the rabbit ears makes Alice take a special medication and introduces himself as Peter White. As Peter leaves, he tells Alice that the game has begun.
As Alice tries to figure out what’s going on, she wanders onto the property of the Hatters. The gate is guarded by the “Bloody Twins” Tweedle Dee and Dum, Elliot March (a man with a pair of brown hare ears), and Blood Dupre (the one who rules the Hatter’s Mansion area and is a mafia boss). Blood saves Alice when the Bloody Twins and Elliot threaten to harm her, and Blood starts flirting with her.