Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Comic Reviews: Abigail and Rox

Back when they were still operational, Digital Webbing did a fairy tale-themed comic titled Abigail and Rox In The Land Of Enchantment. The first issue was sort of a one-shot written by Joshua Gamon and drawn by Adrian Sibar.

In 1843 London, a young girl named Abigail goes into the world of a magic book to save her grandfather. This other world is in fact Wonderland, complete with the White Rabbit and a litter of evil Cheshire Cats. While here, Abigail's teddy bear Rox becomes alive and helps her free her grandfather who was under the thrall of the evil Queen of Spades. Her grandfather makes it back to London, but there's some kind of timewarp involved and he returns to 1943 during World War II. Abigail and Rox then go on the run from the Queen after wrecking her castle.

The series continues in a series which was never actually printed, but available digitally at Comixology. Abigail and Rox II: The Courtship Of Abigail Fellows takes place a year after the events of the one-shot where Abagail and Rox have been seeking refuge from the Queen in the mystical town of Sleeping Hollow, and its Mayor, Ichibod Crane. A call to Oz gets King Scarecrow and his friend Tin Man to show up in their gorilla-drawn chariot. This apparently happens somewhere in between The Wizard Of Oz and The Marvelous Land Of Oz. Scarecrow meets with Ichabod and the Queen of Spades in a peace summitt. The Queen threatens them to get at Abigail, but Ichabod and Scarecrow won't back down.

There isn't much anything else with Oz in the rest of the first issue, and there was only one other issue produced after that. William Blankenship took over for art on both issues of this for Sibar, and it shows as the design looks less storybook-like and more similar to a standard comic design. The comic didn't conclude with the second issue, and left room for more interaction between different fairy tale lands. You might want to look it up, even though its yet another crossover of Oz and Wonderland, there isn't much interaction between the two realms. It's an interesting view of a more confident Scarecrow who considers himself to be "worth his weight in straw".

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