For Dorothy Gale, each day is the same as the last. Though the seasons may change and her chores on the farm will rotate to different tasks, hardly anything exciting seems to happen in Kansas. Not even the brief feeling adrenaline she gets from try to ease the family ox can sustain her. Then one night, she happens upon a giant wolf at her doorstep. It is injured and takes a great liking to her. After some convincing, Auntie Em and Uncle Henry allow Toto to stay. But the next morning, a mysterious woman arrives claiming to be the owner of Toto. There’s something not right about her, particularly when Toto growls viciously at her.
The Grimm Fairy Tales from Zenescope Entertainment are deceptively some of the most unique comic books being published. Deceptive because one look at their covers and most readers would dismiss them as fanboy fantasies on display. But look closer and Joe Brusha continues to expand on a universe that is intriguing and exciting. Take his spin on the Oz story. He has a great appreciation for epic fantasy tales and manages to find ways to incorporating them into well know fables. With Oz, its clear that he wants to showcase at the might of the witches and how powerful they are. He also creates a Dorothy yearning for adventure, as seen when she tries to ease the family ox from goring one of the farm helpers and manages to befriend a giant wolf in seconds. Given that this is the first issue, it is merely setting things up for when the real excitement come into play.
Illustrating the book is Rolando Di Sessa. There is a lot to like with the way he draws the pages. When Toto first meets Dorothy, one can see just how dangerous a giant wolf can be, but then when they’re friends, he is very much like any loveable dog. This ability to be able to connect on both sides, the light and the dark, shows that Di Sessa has a good handle on how to approach the book. He also has a good feel for the dynamic, like when the Wicked Witch creates the tornado that sends Dorothy’s house to Oz. The draw back is that there are a few panels that seem a little too detailed, one close up of Dorothy in particular has too many lines for my liking. Nevertheless, it’s a good looking book, made all the more pretty with the wonderful colors by Grostieta.
The first issue of Oz continues the tradition Zenescope Entertainment has in putting unique spins on fairy tales and fables that are exciting. Joe Brusha does a fine job managing to writing such stories that are interesting and intriguing while Rolando Di Sessa illustrates some fine looking pages to enhance the storytelling. Though this is merely the set up issue for what’s to come, I think it’s good enough to recommend a read.
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