Friday, July 21, 2017

The Latest Oz Comic Book

The torrent of Oz comic books we had just a few years ago seems to have almost completely dried up, so I was pleasantly surprised to find an Oz-ish story in this year's Spongebob Squarepants annual. Sandy Squirrel stars in "The Wonderful Land of Odd", which sees her all alone on her native Texas prairie, wearing a blue checked dress and a purple sunbonnet, when a furry white sponge (Spongebob, playing the Whit Rabbit) comes floating down the creek. She chases him down the sewer (after commenting on how a sewer got onto the prairie in the first place). When she lands, she squashes Plankton, then finds a yellow road where she encounters a brainless starfish (Patrick as the Scarecrow), a heartless squid (Squidward as the Tin Woodman), and a scared puffer fish (Mrs. Puff as the Cowardly Lion). Sandy then encounters a mad tea party, chases the "rabbit" through a very small door, has a very strange encounter with just about everyone in the Spongebob universe—and then Spongebob wakes her up, ready for a day at the beach in boring old Bikini Bottom. So not a lot of Ozziness, admittedly, but quite enough for a six-page story.

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