Monday, June 6, 2016

Legends of Oz: Tik-Tok and the Kalidah #2 (of 3)

   Since L. Frank Baum's book, The Wizard of Oz, is now in public domain, there have been quite a few takes on that fantastic world.

   The latest is Legends of Oz from Aspen Comics, and it seems to be (on the face of it), a mostly straightforward version (which certainly makes me happy).

   This issue features an odd collection of characters (of course, in Oz there are nothing but odd characters) - there's Tik-Tok, the mechanical man who must be wound up regularly, a lovely young woman (unnamed so far) who is apparently accused of some kind of crime, and a Kalidah, one of the scariest creatures in Oz, having the body of a grizzly bear and the head of a lion, and long claws and teeth - and unlike most of the animals in Oz, it can't talk.

   The trio are on the run from a fearsome group of Flying Monkeys (who are even more horrible than the ones in the movie), and they must face an even more terrifying menace along the way.

   It's a fun, fast-paced adventure that barely slows down long enough to let the reader catch his or her breath. Tik-Tok provides a bit of whimsy, but the focus is on adventure and a fight for survival.

   Written by Keith Thomas with strong art by Renato Rei, it's not traditional Oz, but it is a fun story.

Grade: B+


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