Zenescope’s reimagining of The Wizard of OZ is finally back. The first issue was pretty fun, how does this one continue the story? It’s pretty much everything OZ: The Great and Powerful should have been. Fun, exciting, and a fresh take.
Here’s the official description from Zenescope:
Trapped in Oz and hunted by the armies of the fallen Wicked Witch of the East, Dorothy finds allies in Glinda, the good witch of Oz, and the lion named Thorne. Together they embark on a quest for the veridian scepter, an artifact that can both free Oz from the tyranny of the Wicked Witch, and also send Dorothy home. All that stands in their way is the Wicked Witch of the West and her army of deadly warriors, flying monkeys and demon dogs.
Things weren’t looking too bright for Dorothy in the previous issue, since she was being confronted by the Wicked Witch of the East. In this issue it’s no spoiler that the Witch dies since it’s following the original film. Glinda, the Lion, and Scarecrow all make their debuts here. It’s a really fun issue for anyone that has seen the classic. OZ is quickly becoming one of Zenescope’s best.
Joe Brusha can write some really cool female villains. Both Witches are highlights with their classic evil dialogue. It’s a modern take, but it complements those two well from 1939. Dorothy is still evolving as a solid protagonist. This is the issue where she’s in the stage of not knowing what this whole thing is about. Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, is a nice addition to the team. She’s a good character, though some might be unnerved at her willing to let the Scarecrows burn by the villagers. The lion is a good character, but not very cowardly.
Rolando Di Sessa’s art is very bright and nice to look at for its rendering of the land of OZ. The Emerald City looks quite good. The main cover features the new antagonist, the Wicked Witch of the West. A great cover for sure. Cover B is quite interesting however, featuring Dorthy, Toto, and her three companions. It’s a nice piece since it’s showcasing how a modern version of these characters could look. Cover C is a must have for Glinda fans, featuring her in battle getup with her munchkin friends. Last but not least, Cover D features the Scarecrow, pretty fantastic piece.
Overall, OZ #2 is one fun comic. It features a very solid and exciting retelling of the classic story. The journey has begun, it looks like we’re in for a treat.
Daniel is UTF’s Chief Comic Editor. He has seen The Wizard of OZ well over twenty-five times and you can follow him on Twitter: @Destroyer_199