Thursday, November 07, 2013

The Latest Oz Comics

Our comic book order for the month came yesterday. And you know what that means, right? New Oz comics! So, here's what came:

  • The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West #11. Jack, Tip, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Lion find evidence that Ozma has been at Mombi's ranch, but they're holed up by bounty hunters. Someone may have to make a sacrifice to save the rest. Pipt, it turns out, may have his own best interests at heart, and not General Jinjur's. Bungle makes a discovery, Jinjur comes very close to getting what she wants (but may not like it once she gets it), and could the new wicked witch be...Gale???
  • Oz #3 from Zenescope. Dorothy, Glinda, and the three freedom fighters managed to dispatch a whole pack of...somethings that are after them, and Glinda gets the second part of the Veridian Scepter — but at what cost? Oh, yeah, and the Wicked Witch is spying on them. And now there's a prophecy to contend with, too.
  • Fables #134. What's Bigby been up to the last few issues? We find out here. But no Oz content.
  • Because of some of the quirks of getting my comics mail order (and also, I suspect, release schedules), I also got The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West #12 (the regular issues aren't listed on Big Dog's website yet), which is mainly about the origins of the Flying Gorillas. Yes, that means wild west versions of Gayelette and Quelala! But the main storyline hasn't been forgotten, with the four gorillas guarding our party at Mombi's ranch. Hey, can someone please explain to comic book publishers and movie studios and the like that the flying monkeys originated in the book, and are therefore public domain? You don't have to change them to baboons or gorillas or anything like that. Warner Bros. lawyers don't have a case.
One other Oz item that arrived, but I haven't unwrapped yet, is the 2014 Zenescope Oz calendar, reproducing several of the covers from the series. Considering how Zenescope draws its female characters, I'm not sure Laura's going to approve of this. But it is unusual, and probably a lot less common on Oz fans' walls this coming year than calendars from The Movie, Oz the Great and Powerful, and Wicked (yes, you can get all three).

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