Reviews: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers, and Doctor Who

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #8 by Eric Shanower, Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #4 by Chris Eliopoulos, and Doctor Who: Cold-Blooded War by Richard Starkings
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #8 Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #4 Doctor Who: Cold-Blooded War

Erica gives this comic five starsThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz #8 by Eric Shanower

I love this series so much that I could draw little hearts around it. I adored the books as a child and am loving the re-telling. Especially Skottie Young’s art. This is definitely going on my list of highly recommended all-ages comic books.

I always thought that Dorothy having the means to get back to Kansas herself was key to the story. I’m glad to see that Shanower highlighted it, along with Glinda’s goodness and the freeing the flying monkeys. It was great to see Dorothy’s awe all throughout the story and the tears when she leaves her friends.

There will always be Oz, and this will be a series I’ll re-read one of these days.

Erica gives this comic five starsLockjaw and the Pet Avengers #4 by Chris Eliopoulos

This comic makes me so happy. I love seeing all the pets go against Thanos and kick his ass.

Loved seeing Hairball freak out about Ms. Lion getting hurt and using all his power. All the power he apparently never knew he had.

Hilarious to have Bo with the final gem and being the newest member of their team. And I’m so excited that this title is coming back in 2010.

It’s so cute and fun.

Erica Gives This Comic Four StarsDoctor Who: Cold-Blooded War by Richard Starkings

A night out at the opera is never just a night out at the opera when the Doctor’s around.

Let’s face it, I’ll probably buy any comic that features Donna Noble as companion.

The story itself was okay. The Doctor prevents another galactic civil war, which is just really par for the course with him. The story is pretty much a heavy-handed message about patriarchy and how it hurts all people — male or female.

However, for all the heavy-handedness, Starkings carried through with providing all the female characters agency. Donna, and her infamous witty ways, saves the day verbally to get alien fractions to talk to one another. And the tiny alien girl, Agita, sacrifices herself in order to give voice to the new Empress and to quell her father, the leader of the patriarchal resistance. Normally, I would roll my eyes at Agita’s death, but it was to save another female character and for Agita to pass her agency onto the Empress.

The other touch at the end I enjoyed was the Doctor actually feeling bad about Agita’s death. So much of Series Four had Donna crying over deaths (which she does when Agita dies) that it’s nice to see Donna comforting the Doctor and him feeling bad.

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