Tuesday, December 31, 2019

This Week's Oz Short Story

Yup, the holidays are knocking my schedule around a bit, and I'm a little late on this one. But here it is, the next story in Oziana 38 is "The Fearful Symmetry" by Jeffrey Rester, with illustrations by Dennis Anfuso. Appropriately, it opens with a passage from William Blake's "The Tyger", because the main character is the Hungry Tiger. It opens to a flashback of the tiger's encounter with Mombi not long after she has pulled off her most infamous enchantment, how he tries to intervene, and how she then curses him with eternal hunger. So yes, it's partially an origin story for the Hungry Tiger. But then we also see a later encounter the Tiger has with Mombi, very possibly just after the events of the earlier story in this issue, "Executive Decisions". Naturally, the Tiger wants revenge on Mombi for cursing him, but Ozma's timely intervention prevents a tragedy from occurring.

I have little to add. It's an interesting first meeting between the Tiger and Mombi, and an interesting explanation as to how he acquired his adjective. We also get a strong glimpse at just how seriously Ozma takes her promises.

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