Thursday, October 03, 2013

The Latest Oz Reading

Yup, there's more after all — because the latest comics order came. There aren't a lot of Oz comics in it this time, however, and one of them is Fables, which I don't think will have a lot of Oz (if any). But the first thing I read was Marvel's The Emerald City of Oz #3. As I suspected, with only five issues to tell the story, things are progressing at a breakneck pace, and the first major cut has appeared (the zebra and crab are cut — no loss there, at least). In this issue, Dorothy and her party leave the Cuttenclips, visit the Fuddles (the whole thing takes only three pages), Dorothy gets lost and visits Utensia (sadly, some of the most groan-worthy puns in the entire Oz series are cut out), and then she visits Bunbury, where we wrap up with Toto eating three crumpets and a salt-rising biscuit. Guph, meanwhile, visits the Phanfasm, and convinces them to join the Nomes and their other allies in the conquest of Oz. I like the effects Skottie Young uses to show the Phanfasms' transformations, including themselves and their whole city at the end of Guph's visit (with the old Nome being none the wiser). Again, Young and Eric Shanower have hit this one out of the park. I am looking forward to the next issue's visit to Bunnybury, and Guph's report back to Roquat.

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