Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Latest Oz Comic

Not so long ago, there were quite a few Oz comic books coming out every month. As a fan of both Oz and comics, this was not a bad thing! But that seems to have trickled off to almost nothing now, for a number of reasons. In fact, the most recent book I've received, Legends of Oz: Tik-Tok and the Kalidah #3, appears to be the last one for a while. This is especially bad news for the Wicked West universe, because it is an awful lot of fun. Still, this miniseries went out on a high note. Tik-Tok, Kali, and their unnamed young lady friend are surrounded by a hostile city locking them out behind them, a horde of Kalidahs approaching on the ground, and the flying monkeys on their way through the air. So what do they do? Bust into the city and turn their enemies against each other, of course! This is a pretty action-packed issue, and it turns out this version of Tik-Tok has some abilities he never showed in the books (although some can be readily extrapolated from what he did in some scenes in Return to Oz). They seek sanctuary from the city's ruler — who turns out to be Queen Zixie [sic] of Ix! The Queen comes up with a plan to protect the young woman, get Tik-Tok and Kali out, and get the rest of the Kalidahs and the monkeys off their backs for good. Our little adventure ends as Tik-Tok notices…but no, that would be giving too much away. But let's just say it ties the series very neatly into the main Legends of Oz: The Wicked West series.

Should anyone from Aspen Comics be reading this, hear my plea: Please give us more! Don't let The Wicked West end here!

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