The Oz-Wonderland Chronicles #4 – As I mentioned in this post, I appreciate that this comic series is fairly faithful to the Oz books. Yes, Dorothy is grown up and living in Chicago with Alice as a roommate, but the comic does take into account that Dorothy came to Oz to live with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. This volume appears to be the conclusion to the series, as it features the defeat of the Jabberwock and the Wicked Witch. It’s kind of weird that Alice having to slay the Jabberwock with a vorpal sword is also the plot of the Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland, but the comic is much more faithful to the source material. Also, didn’t Humpty Dumpty taking out Ruggedo happen in The Oz-Wonderland War as well? There’s still a mess left to clean up, but I don’t know whether that will merit its own issue. Apparently the Jack and Cat Tales books, of which I’ve read two, follow up on the main series. It’s a little confusing with the different related titles being published concurrently, but I think that’s how it works.
Ozopolis #2 – While The Oz-Wonderland Chronicles is fairly faithful but still goes off on its own direction, this series is intentionally written to be consistent with L. Frank Baum’s books (and I haven’t found anything in them that contradicts the rest of the Famous Forty either). While the first issue was about the field-mice being terrorized by mechanical wildcats Mr. Tinker had been forced into making, this one involves the restoration of Dorothy’s old farmhouse into a museum. The same witch who was behind the wildcat plot makes the house fly away and crash into a mountain, with the people inside making a last-minute escape. Quite a few familiar characters make appearances, most of them quite recognizable to anyone who’s read the books. A few redesigns are worth noting, however, like how the comic’s Glinda wears a headpiece that looks a bit Egyptian. Jellia Jamb looks quite different from the John R. Neill drawings, and she’s now sporting glasses and a pillbox hat. She’s actually quite attractive, as the back cover demonstrates.
See also: Jared Davis’ Ozopolis review