Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New Oz comics!

And now some new Oz comics I just got today...

The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West #3. I saw the variant cover on eBay and decided to get it instead of the standard cover as a I had all previous issues. Frankly, I liked this one better than the standard cover featuring a Wheeler defying the Field Mice.

In the continuing story of this Old West-themed Oz, Tin Man and Lion meet up with Scarecrow, Tip and the Sawhorse as they head south to see Glinda (so I assume), but along the way, they are ambushed by the Wheelers that Jinjur has sent after them. But never fear! The fierce and fighting Field Mice are here to save the day. Or can they? They are only little creatures after all...

Marvel's The Road to Oz #5 is the penultimate issue, Skottie Young and Eric Shanower bringing us a wonderful interpretation of the fifth Oz book as Dorothy and her friends reach the Emerald City at last.

Although I know the pair is up to the task, I wonder how they'll pull off the final issue, since this ends as the Shaggy Man surrenders the Love Magnet to Ozma. This means the next issue will cover the Scarecrow's arrival in the Emerald City, Dorothy receiving the guests (and since this is a visual medium, this means we should be seeing many of these Baum characters), the birthday party itself and the grand celebration, the Wizard's bubbles, and how Dorothy finally gets home again.

Again, while I appreciate they got Eric Shanower to adapt the story as he's clearly someone who understands comics and Oz, the real star of the Marvel series is Skottie Young, visually depicting Oz moment by moment in his own unique and sometimes bizarre style. (Unless you haven't read the books yet. Then it's all new to you. Lucky...)

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