Image Comics' recent mini-series of No Place Like Home has concluded its first edition. This 5-issue mini-series is supposed to be the beginning of an ongoing series(or series of mini-series), and given how fast most of the issues sold out, chances are it will be back in force. Written by Angelo Tirotto and drawn by Richard Jordan, this is a dark horror movie approach to Wizard Of Oz set in modern day.
The rebellious Dee returns to her hometown in Kansas to attend her parents' funeral who were killed by a freak twister. She is reunited with her friend Lizzie, although the local drunk Thomas seems to know something more about her parents untimely demise than the Sheriff Frank is leading on about. Thomas is suspected of the murder of two workers at a diner, and goes on the run, but holds Dee and Liz at gunpoint to get them to dig up Dee's parents to see what really happened to them. They find their corpses which look like they were mangled to death. This seems to be related to a series of animal attacks throughout the county. Liz is then abducted by a flying monkey, and Dee and Frank set out to rescue her. The flying monkey takes Liz to an underground cavern where a portal has opened where several flying monkeys await on the other side. On their way, Dee and Frank witness a monkey attacking a school bus beheading an old woman, which leads Dee to figure out where they are hiding. They trace them to a old farmhouse and smash into the basement to find Liz fighting the monkeys. Liz grabs some glowing marbles which opens a portal that she gets sucked in with the rest of the monkeys, leaving Dee behind. Liz is flown to a tall castle where she is confronted by a fashionable green lady welcoming her to Oz.
This is so far turning out to be a decent series, even though it finished its first volume a few months late. Although I have to stress that this is not a comic for younger readers. There are several scenes of gore and violence, and plenty of cursing(if that's a problem for you). This, and it only has a small opening into the world of Oz, just with the flying monkeys and the Wicked Witch of the West after five issues. It seems more if like Steven King was doing an adaptation of Wizard Of Oz, with not enough emphasis about Oz itself. Hopefully this might get resolved by the next volume.