The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West #1

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Writer: Tom Hutchinson

Pencils: Allison Borges

Colors: Kate Finnegan

Publisher: Aspen Comics

After reading Oniba #0 from Aspen Comics I decided to to try out more of their current titles.  Out this week was The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West #2, so I decided to download issue #1 from Comixology.com to try the comic out and see if I would be interested in purchasing issue #2.

The book is a new take on the story of Dorothy Gale.  In this telling, Toto is a horse, Dorothy has ruby-handled revolvers instead of slippers and the yellow brick road that she has been told to follow is almost totally destroyed making her journey to the Emerald City extremely difficult.

It’s interesting to see Dorothy portrayed as a confident gunslinger rather than a timid young girl.  It’s a major, what if? departure from the original story but still has familiar elements such as flying monkeys, a cowardly lion and talking scarecrows.  It definitely held my interest for the whole issue and made me want to read issue #2.

Aspen Comics is doing a great job in bringing us strong female led comic books and I’m becoming more of a fan with each new title I find.

Oniba: Swords of the Demon #0 – Review

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Oniba: Swords of the Demon Aspen Comics

I knew from just seeing the cover that this was a book that I wanted to take a look at.  On Wednesday I headed to my local comic book store and I didn’t even have to take it off the shelf. They know me pretty well, because this was in my pulled titles for the week without me even asking.

I love comics that feature women in strong roles and this didn’t disappoint.  The main character is a female samurai named Yukiko living in Japan in 1582.  I loved that her struggles aren’t with being a woman in a man’s world, all the male characters treat her as an equal which is fantastic to see.  Yukiko’s struggles are with her own morality and how that conflicts with her training and her sense of duty.

Paolo Pantalena and Vince Hernandez have done an amazing job of creating a complex and intriguing character in just 13 pages.  Pantalena’s art work is stunning and Hernandez’s script keeps things moving by not overcrowding the action.

The story in this issue might only be 13 pages long but that leaves room for the Scriptbook that has been included.  I love seeing samples of the creative process so this truly put the book over the edge for me.  It features 5 pages of beautiful line art along with the script that inspired it.

I truly loved this comic and I’ve read it several times.  I’ll be eagerly following Aspen Comics and the creators on social media waiting for news of issue #1.