Aladdin Makes for Compelling Tragedy in This Artist's Dark Re-Imagining

She’s ready for a fight.
She’s ready for a fight.
Illustration: Warrick Wong

Aladdin just got a whole hell of a lot darker.

Recently, we featured the art of comics artist Warrick Wong, who rendered the protagonists from The Incredibles in a bleak, stylized way that positioned them as the viewpoints into a dark alternate universe for the characters. Now, he’s back with another bleak take on a classic Disney property, and the land of Agrabah won’t do super well.

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In Wong’s version of the story, Aladdin used his wishes, not for kindness and love, but for revenge on the cruel, wild city that abused him as a “worthless street rat.” With his newfound magic powers, courtesy of a meaner, more Jafar-like Genie, Aladdin topples the monarchy, and Jasmine, living in exile, vows revenge.

Aladdin, imbued with dark power, Cable-style.
Aladdin, imbued with dark power, Cable-style.
Illustration: Warrick Wong
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Jasmine the revenger.
Jasmine the revenger.
Illustration: Warrick Wong
Genie, the dark tempter.
Genie, the dark tempter.
Illustration: Warrick Wong

It’s nasty stuff, but Wong makes it appealing with his sharp, well-defined art style. It all looks like something out of a very weird Elseworlds comic. Sign me up. Though I doubt this one will be a musical.

You can see more of Wong’s art, as well as more details on the story of this bleak Aladdin alternate universe, on his Instagram page.

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richardbartrop
Richard Bartrop

With Jaffar as the well meaning but overworked vizier doing his best to shield the kingdom from the worst excesses of a cruel and capricious monarchy.