Sunday, December 11, 2011

The latest Oz reading

The comics order came this past week, so you know what that means, don't you? Oz comics! There wasn't a huge lot this month, so I'll be brief:

  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz #3. Yes, Eric and Skottie, usual bang-up job, probably get another Eisner, blah blah blah. But this issue sees the first big change Shanower has made in any of his comic adaptations of the Oz stories, and it's a good one. Dorothy's explanation of Ozma looking in on her, that doesn't take place until the book is nearly over? Here she gives it in the Mangaboo country, which therefore starts a ticking clock of the countdown to when Ozma will spot them and start a rescue. Genius! Oh, and also in this issue, they get to the Valley of Voe. But no encounters with bears yet. (And the cover for issue #4? Wow! That's an aspect of walking on water Baum never considered.)
  • Fables #111. Yeah, yeah search for the new North Wind is over, yada yada. Meanwhile, back in the Pan Ozian Empire things are really, really NOT looking good for Bufkin the flying monkey. Let's just say this issue ends on a cliffhanger (and if you're paying attention to that cover, you can probably guess what it is). I would wonder how he's going to get out of that, but watching Doctor Who cliffhangers for decades now makes me think there will be a way.
  • I haven't read it yet, but the collected edition of Tommy Kovac's The Royal Historian of Oz also came, and I am really looking forward to it. Not only does it have all five issues of the comic (including the never-before-published-on-paper chapter 5), it has an introduction by Eric Shanower, an excerpt from one of Jasper's Oz stories (so I guess we really can judge just how bad of an Oz author he is), the common here's-how-I-turn-a-script-into-the-finished-page feature, and a transcript of Tommy's talk at this year's Winkie Convention.

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