Title: The Steam Engines of Oz vol 2: The Geared Leviathan
Writer: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
Artist: Yannis Roumboulias
Cover Artist: Yannis Roumboulias
Genre: Fantasy, Steam Punk
Tagline from the publisher: The Steam Engines of Oz is back in an all-new story! Return to Arcana’s World of Oz, set 100 years after The Wizard of Oz in a SteamPunk future. Encounter old friends and new characters along the way as Victoria learns the secret of twins tied to Oz’s infamous past. Along the way, a father searches for his lost sons, a fallen hero is on the path to redemption, former prisoners adjust to life among the rough n’ tumble Munchkins, and, most importantly, what is the Geared Leviathan?
There have been numerous adaptations/prequels/sequels/reinterpretations of L. Frank Baum’s story of Oz over the years. This one is a steam punk-ish version that serves as 100 years in the future sequel to the Wizard of Oz. At first, I was a little confused because this is the 2nd volume of the story and I had not read the first. However, based on clues and contexts, I was quickly able to pick up the story. In this future Oz world, it seems that the Tin Man became some sort of ruthless ruler of Oz. He has since learned the error of his ways and is hoping to redeem himself. However bad blood exists between himself and The Cowardly Lion (who is like 20 feet tall).
The premise is that the twin daughters of the Wicked Witch of the West have employed a giant Cthulhu robot to help seek revenge against Oz while the former Wizard of Oz is trying to find the rightful heir of Oz.
The story is very fun and the action is pretty epic. And if you can’t tell, I’m a big fan of Cthulhu monsters. Plus, the story was a pretty fun and interesting take on the world of Oz.
My big issues with the book are that they don’t give you a quick recap from volume 1, leaving readers like me a bit in the dark. And I think some of the characters were a bit unnecessary. Maybe further in the story, characters like the nephews will be more prominent, but in this book, they seemed a little erroneous.
Small nitpicks for this kickstarter-backed book.