If you’re a fan of the Wizard of OZ and any takes on it that have come out over the years, chances are you’re gonna enjoy Quentin D. Young and Jean Lins’ take in this one-shot story of theirs. Though you’ll likely (and rightfully so) find yourself disapproving of young Dolores’ actions around the beginning of the story in more than one way. And while I can only ever remember watching the original movie once in full and never read the books, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying this delightful story that comes with a lesson or three. One of which includes the well versed ‘be careful for what you wish for’ lesson but I’m not gonna spoil anything for you good readers. Yes, The Wizard Of O2 is aimed more at children than adults but don’t let that stop you from taking a read for yourself on this take of the classic story.
Quentin D. Young creates an enduring story that despite the troubles the characters have, will have you smiling some as you read through it. Jean Lins’ art is absolutely perfect, especially for the more comical aspects of the story. The story itself is also something of a commentary on the issues our world faces today and kinda makes you want to slap the Munchkins a bit as well since they refuse to take responsibility for the consequences of their actions. And while the Scarecrow and the Lion aren’t like this to a certain degree, the fact they’re just waiting around for a savior instead of doing something themselves doesn’t really get them many points in their favor. But it all ultimately serves as ways for Dolores to learn some valuable lessons in the end and learn she does!
The Wizard Of O2 was released digitally on all available platforms this past January 27th and at this time, there is no information on when a print version will be available. You can find all links to purchase a digital copy here so be sure to grab a copy and enjoy it with family!
The Wizard Of O2 – One Shot
Written, Lettered, and Edited by: Quentin D. Young
Pencils, Inks, Colors, and Cover by: Jean Lins
Reviewer: Rob Wrecks
Summary: Dolores loves to make things up and have fun… until it lands her in hot water with Dad!
When she accidentally melts the ice samples in his laboratory, Dolores wishes she was somewhere far away from her troubles. But her wish soon comes true, transporting her to a strange yet familiar land ruled by a terrible, oxygen-making Wizard, who gives her only one chance to return home…
The Wizard of O2 is a single-issue comic for kids and grown-ups alike, bringing readers back to the Land of Oz for a 21st century adventure in science and magic.