Book Review: The Legend of OZ: The Wicked West

The cover of the graphic novel 'The Legend of OZ: The Wicked West'

The cover of the graphic novel ‘The Legend of OZ: The Wicked West’

Finally, I’m getting to this. I bought this book at the San Diego Comic Con back in mid July and never got around to reading it. It is a graphic novel called The Legend of OZ: The Wicked West, written by Tom Hutchinson, drawn by Alisson Borges, and coloured by Kate Finnegan. The story retells the very famous¬†The Wizard of Oz¬†(released in 1939), but recasts the universe into a western. Honestly, that was enough for me to buy it.
The writer clearly had fun putting this together in the clever, or even whimsical, recasting of the famous characters. There ARE a tin-man, a scarecrow, and a lion… just not necessarily as you remember them. Perhaps my favourite augmentation is the wicked witch of the west: instead of a broom, she carries a long rifle that is somewhat shaped like a broom. Brilliant.
The story is roughly the same, but it’s a fun take on the classic. I enjoyed the new style, the artwork, and plan to check out the next issues at some point.
Happy Reading!

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