Who is OZ 2012© All rights reserved
“What happens next?” is something people always ask themselves whether they’re watching a movie (she: do you think they got married? he: do you think they did it?), reading a book (pretty much the same questions but not so enthusiastically asked) or listening to other people’s conversations (that’s just rude). Unfortunately, it’s usually up to their imagination, but not this time! No, this time we’ve got people for it. This time we know exactly what happened next and it’s good. It’s really, really good.
Artistic duo Ethan Tarshish and Kelly Brown came up with bold idea to mess a little with all-time favorite classic – The Wizard of Oz. This project found its way to Kickstarter and even though (or because) there were few bucks missing, at the time of writing, to call it a success, authors released first issue digitally for free. So if you ever wondered, and I bet most of you did, what happened with Dorothy once she defeated the Wicked Witch of the West, what other characters did and what was the land of Oz like, here’s your answer…
Truth to be told, at the beginning it’s really hard to get into. The storyline could be built a little better, because this way reader gets just bits of a very compact adventure without any kind of glue that would hold them together. There are scenes which are confusing and even scenes that doesn’t make sense within the issue (just preparing the ground, I guess) and probably nothing would have happened if they appeared later in the series. I mean, yeah, I get that there’s revolution going on and popular characters are a little different than we remember them but… why? When? Where? Who?
Luckily for us, this confusion lasts only a while. Then munchkins rise, with deadly weapons in their little hands, and kill everything in their path. Viciously. Explicitly. And it’s so fun to watch. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still hoping for more of a meaning in story building in the next issue, but as of now there are just very few things that could convince me to buy the next one as this bloodbath. Doesn’t really matter that Dorothy and her gang appeared in just a few panels either. Like if they were just a reminder to the reader that this is in fact story from the land of Oz.
Now, if there’s anything I can’t complain about, it’s the art. Brown’s firm line and cartoonish style suits the story very well and creates unique atmosphere. Yes, from time to time some characters slips to full-fledged caricature, but it’s quite understandable given the tone the authors smuggled into the series. And it’s same with digital coloring. Everything fits together just fine and there really isn’t much to be distracted by.
The bottom line is that Woe is Oz is something you simply shouldn’t miss. I can’t guarantee you’re going to like this revision of classic story, but I’m pretty sure you’re not going to regret spending your money if you’re serious about comic books. I can only hope that Brown and Tarshish raise the money for 160 pages long Volume 1 (Issues 1 – 6), because it would be real shame not to know what’s Dorothy like without any clothes and with dead guy on her. Wouldn’t you agree?
by Rosta Vikorin 2012.
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