Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Latest Oz Comic

At last, the third series of Zenescope's let's-just-do-Oz-our-way-and-completely-ignore-all-of-the-better-versions-that-came-before-it Oz series, "Reign of the Witch Queen", has finished with issue #6. As one would expect, the wicked witch is defeated, Dorothy rejects evil and embraces good, and all is right again. And this time, it looks like it's going to stay that way, although there is a "No Place Like Home" one-shot announced for a release very soon. To be honest, I hope Zenescope leaves Oz alone. I'm not wild about their take on the country, nor on their over-the-top exaggerated body image of their female characters that happen to wear as few clothes as possible. But worst of all is that their version of Oz is no different from any other high fantasy land. The writers are trying to cram in all the Tolkein and Campbell they can, but not Baum! However, considering much Zenescope can wring out of a property, I suspect they'll be back before too long.

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