Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Comic Review: Oz/Wonderland Chronicles-Jack & Cat Tales (conclusion)

The 3rd and final issue of Jack & Cat Tales came out this last week, I thought it would be time to do a recap of the mini-series. This was a spinoff to the The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles that originally started in a one-shot special, Jack & Cat Special. There then followed three issues of J&C Tales.

In it, Mae Mannering is a children's book author, who most people would know as a young girl that met a certain flying boy in Kensington Gardens. In this reality, she has run into Jack Pumpkinhead and the Cheshire Cat who have both come to Earth after the events of "J-Day", where the Wicked Witch sent to the Jabberwocky to attack Oz through our world. The three of them decide to go off on a road trip while Mae is on a tour of the country signing her new book.

Issue #2 has the Patchwork Girl uses the magic of the White Pearl to try and find Jack, and ends up befriending a street performer who dresses up like the Tin Woodman. Mae has Jack and the Cheshire Cat staying at her place for a bit, and reveals her strange ability to paint images that come to her out of nowhere, the lates of which is actually the Wizard. The three of them run into Oz himself later on, and he teams up with them to confront Cap'n Bill and his mysterious group of otherworldly hunters. They plan on busting all the refugees from Oz and Wonderland out, amoung them are Scraps and her friend, but are confronted by the Red and White Nights who have both been split down the middle and sewn to the other's half. There are three Foot Notes, an accounting of the Mad Hatter's adventures on Earth and his attempts to claim the Golden Cap that controls the winged monkeys, a short of how Hatter ended up on Earth, and a one-page involving a series of Girls Gone Wild videos that Hatter miracuously profited off of.

Issue #3 has our heroes finally confronting the mastermind behind this whole scheme. A paraplegic old man called the Major, who is an old friend of the Wizard, and apparently is also from some another world like Wonderland or Oz. He uses a special blade he created modeled after the Great Knife from Sky Island(where Cap'n Bill once visited in his pre-Oz days)to cut the Tin Man lookalike in half, thus creating a different person after he reesembles. The Major does this to try and find a way achieve immortality. The White Knight manages to get control of himself, and helps free everyone along with Cheshire Cat's assistance. Oz sets out to help send the refugees back to their worlds, while Mae and her friends(along woth Scraps)head out on yet another road trip. The Foot Notes in this issue reveal the Wizard's connection to Mae's past, plus Mae's very brief meetup with Dorothy and Alice which took place in the Jack & Cat Special.

This was a pretty good series, although for my money it could've stuck more to some comedy antics involving the actual title characters instead of the askewed storyline with the Major's collecting people from other worlds. Ben Avery & Casey Heying have some good plots in it though, and Teddy Riawan does some exceptionally gripping artwork for it. All three issues of Tales plus the original Special one-shot are going to be collected into a single trade paperback of The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles: Book Two coming out this May from BuyMeToys.Com.

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