Thursday, July 12, 2012

Triple Oz Comics

All right, here's three Oz comics I've picked up lately...

Dorothy of Oz Prequel #3 — The Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion head to the Valley of Bonbons to pick up a rainbow when the Jester causes a heatwave. The artwork's still great, but the plot takes a rather unimpressive twist. The writing is pretty great however.

The issue also introduces Wiser the Owl, who's a giant owl in this one. He's a character original to Roger Baum's books. I don't see why this one has him as a giant owl. I think it makes him look kind of silly.

Anyway, there's one more issue left. How will it wrap up? (And how much longer until we see the movie?)

The Legend of Oz - The Wicked West #4 — Gale is on her way to the Emerald City, but the Wicked Witch is on her trail, sending bees and flying monkeys after her.

The story is really hitting full force now! And the art and writing is as good as ever.

It also seems that the series might continue past issue number 6. On their Facebook page, we've seen pictures of Jinjur, Tippetarius, Jack Pumpkinhead, Dr. Pipt, and Mombi.

Looks like this is a take on Oz with a future!

The Oz-Wonderland Chronicles: Book Two — This trade paperback collects the Jack and Cat Tales spin-off from the original series.

People from Oz and Wonderland (if you want to call Jack Pumpkinhead and the Cheshire Cat "people") are still in America. Some were stranded during the events of the original series, some stayed behind by choice, and Scraps leaves Oz to find Jack. However, someone's hunting the fairyland characters and experimenting on them. (There's a surprise touch from Sky Island.)

To be honest, though, I didn't like this one as much as the original series. The plot wasn't as easy to follow, especially since there are several side stories that interrupt the main plot. Plus, while one plot is resolved, no fairyland characters go back home. In fact, one winds up far from any home he's known.

There are also different artists with very different styles on this book. The main art by Casey Heying is great, but some of the other artists are so markedly different, it's a little distracting.

SO, yes... I'd call this one very uneven.

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