A retelling of “The Wizard of Oz”… of sorts

This weekend I picked up a copy of “OZ F5: Gale Force,” in which a super-heroic Dorothy teams up with the equally super-heroic Tin Woodsman, Scarecrow, and Lion to dispatch the Wicked Witch of the West.

I haven’t had this much fun reading a comic book in a LONG time. It’s published by Alias comics, and you can probably order it at your comic book store for $5.00 or so. The 48-page, full-color graphic novel has the whole story in there, from the crash-landing atop the East Witch to the undoing of the West Witch. And there’s nary an advertisement to be seen, either.

One of my favorite lines: “Umm, Dorothy, if the monkeys where you come from don’t have rocket packs, how do they fly?”



10 thoughts on “A retelling of “The Wizard of Oz”… of sorts”

  1. What, no link?

    I also have to repost the link to the most bizarrely disturbing Oz material I’ve come across — the OZ: A World Of Darkness online campaign setting for the White Wolf RPG system.

    1. Re: What, no link?

      I couldn’t FIND a link that was worth showing. Alias comics has a website, but the cover art they show for OZ F5 is the Witch, rather than the iconic pose of Dorothy, Toto, Tinman, Scarecrow, and the Lion.


  2. I hope this isn’t inappropriate, but it is off-topic:

    In response to your most recent posting on schlock, where you tell of your misadventure with you car, I’d like to note a few things for those with little under-the-hood experience, like you…

    First off, many auto parts stores, like Autozone, will check your engine codes (the things that’re generated when you get that Check Engine light and say, generally, what’s going wrong,) for free. Second, you might want to get the little tool thingamabobber that lets you retrieve the engine codes yourself, and a list of them. (Sometimes these get rather expensive, and it’s probably like that with your car. My old ’87 Buick lets me use a paperclip to short out two terminals to get the codes.) This way, you can get the codes yourself the moment the light comes on, and figure out (possibly with the help of an automotively-inclined friend, or the dealership,) the difference between an “OMFG my car’s gonna die!” code (like when my Mass Air Flow sensor went,) and an “Eeh, I can ignore this for a while” code. (Like when my O2 sensor started failing.)

    1. Ja, I’ve found that with most cars in the late 80 to early 90 range, all you need is a bit of wire to short two things out by the car’s fusebox that will give you the little flashy codes that you can use to tell what’s wrong with the car. Er, or rather, the computer will tell you what it thinks is wrong with the car. We have a manual for the car that told all the codes…

  3. If you like the world of Oz, you should definitely invest in the musical Wicked. It tells the story of the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, starting at her schooling at the University of Shiz, where she roomed with a prissy, preppy little know-it-all named Galinda (later shortened to Glinda). I wouldn’t recommend the book to just anyone, because there’s definitely some questionable material inside, but the musical is absolutely phenonmenal. At the very least, I’d recommend getting the soundtrack!

    1. The book was also kind of hard to follow, it felt as though the author was trying too hard. The sequel, “Son of a Witch” is out now, but I doubt I will pick it up.

    2. I just finished reading the book and am embarassed to say that a skipped over a few chapters to get it over with. It’s just the second book I’ve done that with but it was getting tedious.

  4. Ok, That does it. Off to the comic shop.

    I am supposed to be installing a massive home theater system today, but I haven’t been given the location. I guess that means it is comic day until someone calls.

    Whee! 🙂

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