Review: Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz (Zenescope Comics)

Quick review for a quick read. I should be used to this kind of thing – the Zenescope Grimm’s Fairy Tales series usually takes fairy tales or well known stories and turn them on their heads, usually with dark inclinations, violent uprisings, very busty female leading characters and odd scenarios. “Oz” was no different. An adult Dorothy ends up adopting “Toto,” a pet wolf who’s really a gentle giant. The Wicked Witch comes strolling to Dorothy’s doorstep to get her wolf back, but Dorothy won’t give him up. As a result, the witch creates a tornado and brings her into Oz.

Oz, in this re-imaging, is a pretty dark place – on the cusp of war, with odd creatures coming out of the woodwork and everything else. Glinda the Good Witch looks more like a warrior princess and goes traveling along with the Tin Man/Woodsman (who looks like an android – that was pretty cool), Cowardly Lion (who feigned courage after running away from his call to duty), and the Scarecrow. They step up to the plate to help Dorothy fight her way through Oz to see the Wizard and keep a magic scepter out of the hands of the Wicked Witch.

I’ll admit it was worth the 30 minutes it took to read it, but for me – a bit on the side of formulaic. The overall artwork and coloring was fine for what it offered. I just wish it’d been a little more immersive than what it was. It felt like parts of the story were missing and it didn’t come together as well as I would’ve liked.

Overall score: 2/5 stars

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Zenescope.

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6 comments

  1. Ya had me with the picture. lol I’m surprised we’re not getting more of these modern adaptations, especially in the wake of Wicked, etc, and Jim Hines’ reimagination of the stories. Thanks for head’s up. 🙂

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    • LOL, I figured the picture would be eyecatching for more reasons than one. The artwork, especially with the covers is stunning, though. I think we may see more of these kind of fairy tale/reimaging adaptations as time goes on. And no problem. 🙂

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    • I think the cover was one of the things that drew me to the story, as well as the fact it’s a reimage of Oz. I definitely expected a little more than what it provided, though it had some interesting moments. Thanks for your comment!

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