Retelling timeless fairy tales with an harder edge and some darker themes is nothing new — either on the printed pages or other popular media outlets.
What attracts me to a retelling is is those crafting the reboot have a new take on the material or offer a different way of thinking about a familiar story or tale. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Unfortunately, Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz is one of the cases where it didn’t work for me.
A modern, darker re-telling of the popular story of The Wizard of Oz, this six-issue comic book series gives us a new, harder edged Dorothy, who is whisked away to the land of Oz and plopped down into the middle of a power struggle between various characters.
And, of course, this new take includes enhancing (ahem) every female character to the Barbie-doll-like measurements and having them all dress in outfits that emphasize said enhancements. Unfortunately, making the women of Oz “sexier” doesn’t necessarily enhance the shortcomings in the plot or the feeling that I got mid-way through this collected edition that the storyline was being stretched out from a couple of issues concept to six.
It all adds up to a disappointing retelling of the familiar Oz story. I walked away feeling like the series had squandered its potential and instead of offering us a new take on Oz, all we got was a “sexier” one full of female characters ready to fall out of their outfits at a moment’s notice.
I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.