Saturday, April 11, 2009

The latest Oz reading

Laura and I just got the latest comics order this week, and there were two books in it of interest to Oz fans. First is Eric Shanower's Age of Bronze. Is this really already up to issue #28? I've known Eric for close to thirty years now. We both started going to Winkie Conventions at about the same time, and jokingly refer to each other as "the other Eric." He has certainly made a name for himself in the comics business. In fact, if it weren't for me, we might not be reading Age of Bronze now, as it was my wife who first gave some encouraging comments to Eric at a convention when the rest of us were all interested in his Oz stuff. So if I hadn't brought Laura to that convention... Anyway, it's been some time coming, but now the Trojan War is truly underway, with lots of running around on the battlefield, both towards and away from each other. I suspect this will read better once it's collected, but Eric's art is, as always, gorgeous. In the back, Eric talks about some of his upcoming projects, including that Skottie Young and he have been commissioned to do a comics adaptation of The Marvelous Land of Oz for Marvel, once their current adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is done.

Speaking of The Marvelous Land of Oz, David Hutchison and Antarctic Press wrapped up their adaptation of that book with issue 4 of Land of Oz: The Manga: Return to the Emerald City. As in the book, Mombi divulges her secret and Ozma is disenchanted, then everyone goes home to live happily ever after (until the next book). I liked how Hutchison handled Jinjur's fate, and Ozma is just what you would expect a manga version of her to look like. So now, everybody, are we going to see an adaptation of Ozma of Oz? What would a manga version of the Nome King, or Princess Langwidere, look like?

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