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The Royal Historian of Oz

Body: The search for the Emerald city never ends, even in a post-2050 world, the setting of The Royal Historian of Oz. This philosophical comic book portrays Jasper Fizzle's quest for truth -- the truth about the existence of the land of munchkins and flying monkeys -- a quest that alienates his son, Frank. The cartoon fantasy pulls at our own curiosities about our existential purpose as well as the dynamism between a father and son living in a not-so-distant "broke-down and weary future." Frank wants societal acceptance and Jasper wants to seek a deeper, alternate-dimensional meaning to life (with the Oz collectibles to prove it). These are the foundations of a story that, if it continues, will undoubtedly explore the yellow-brick road of life in general. (Brit Weaver)

Comic, Tommy Kovac and Andy Hirsch, SLG Publishing, slgcomic.com, $1

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