Comic Book Review: Ozma of Oz #4

Cover Art for Ozma of Oz #4

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

In a Nutshell

Comic book fans who have been following the latest adventures of the characters based on the classic Wizard of Oz novels by L. Frank Baum have definitely noticed the absence of the Tin Woodsman, Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and Princess Ozma in the last three issues. Well, this comicbook ends all that.

Along with the elite army of Oz and a new character called the Hungry Tiger, the four comrades have marched across the Deadly Dessert and into the Kingdom of Ev in an attempt to rescue the members of that kingdom’s royal family.

But little did the Tin Woodsman, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion know that they will find their friend Dorothy Gale locked up in one of the towers of Ev. Princess Ozma pressures Ev’s Regent Princess Langwidere to free Dorothy and her friends Billina and Tik-Tok, the mechanical man.

The stage is set for the big showdown against the Nome King, who imprisoned the rightful rulers of the Land of Ev. But first, someone wants to have a big bite out of Billina the Hen and that can prove to be a big conflict among friends.

What's Cool

  • Smooth flowing narrative. It’s just like reading the classic novel.
  • The dialogues between the major characters are witty, yet very evocative of childlike innocence. This series from Marvel Comics is a good read for young ones.
  • Skottie young delivers yet another unique artwork in this issue. Character expressions are full of energy.
  • The Hungry Tiger’s character is just delightfully charming.

What's Crap

  • I’ve got no real complaints about this issue, except that in some panels the artwork and the color work do not mix that well, making the drawings looking a bit like abstract work.

The Bottom Line

This issue essentially shows us what Princess Ozma is made of. Her storming of the kingdom of Ev and bearing down on Princess Langwidere to release Dorothy and her friends bring out the kind of ruler that she is – arrogant but very wise. The big question is would she be up for the challenge of freeing the Queen of Ev from the Nome King?

Comic Book Review: Ozma of Oz #3

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.