Comic Book Review: Ozma of Oz #3


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Cover Art for Ozma of Oz #3

Story: Eric Shanower
Drawings: Skottie Young
Colors: Jean-Francois Beaulieu

In a Nutshell

Dorothy Gale and Billina, the talking hen, found a mechanical man named Tik-Tok who now serves as their protector. Tik-Tok tells them stories about what happened in the Land of Ev and about the revolution in the Land of Oz. In this issue, the trio faces the wicked wheelers, creatures with wheels for hands and feet. Thanks to Tik-Tok, they were able to capture one wheeler, who now accompanies them to the palace to meet Princess Langwidere.

The Princess is not exactly the ruler. She is only the caretaker of the Land of Ev. Still, she is a very mysterious character because her looks, moods and disposition are mainly dictated by the head that she wears. Yes, my friends, Princess Langwidere can literally change her head and she has a roomful of spare heads.

Unfortunately for Dorothy, Billina and Tik-Tok, the princess was wearing a bad head when she met them. And so, the three adventurers have been locked up in the palace. But just when everything seemed hopeless, Dorothy’s friends from the Land of Oz arrive.

What's Cool

  • Script-wise, Ozma of Oz #3 delivers. I love the sharp and witty words from Tik-Tok, the mechanical man.
  • The concept of a Princess that can literally change her head on a whim is just amazing. I’m not sure if I’ve seen this before in other stories.
  • Marvel’s run based on the classic adventures written by L. Frank Baum is definitely great for young comic book readers. But even so, the art in each page is not childishly dull. Even mature readers can enjoy the ‘dirty’, almost sketch-like artwork.

What's Crap

  • In some pages, the artwork has that overcast color – like green or pink – which, for me, ruins the color work altogether. I don’t know if this is really part of the artwork or a printing problem

The Bottom Line

If you’re wondering how on earth will Dorothy ever get to her friends in Oz, well Ozma of Oz #3 has solved that problem. The Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow – along with Ozma and her Army – have arrived in the Land of Ev. For what purpose? We’ll have to find out next issue. But at least, Dorothy is as good as rescued.