‘Battle Brick Road’ Graphic Novel Review

Artist Eric Weathers and writer Zeb Hatfield brings us the indie comic ‘Battle Brick Road,’ a post-apocalyptic retelling of L. Frank Baum’s ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ It was made through crowdfunding which I, in full disclosure, did back.

Dorothy Gale is joined by her robot Toto to look for her father, who has gone missing in Kansas, following an environmental disaster that turned most of the Earth into a desert. She decides to go to Kansas, but her vessel is caught in a storm. She thinks it is the end, but soon she lands in a peaceful forest. She soon discovers an AI called Watcher East is controlling the populace and that somehow her father is connected to a Wizard who rules this mysterious land of Oz.

I have always been a fan of both the original book and of course the film. When I saw a cyberpunk post-apocalyptic reimagining was being developed, I was hesitant. However, when it arrived in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised.

You are definitely not in Kansas anymore when it comes to this new take. I enjoyed the story a real deal and liked the artwork. With most reimaginations, they want to “deconstruct” the characters and “subvert” your expectations.

With Battle Brick Road, they reformat the story while keeping it true to the original. They do not subvert your expectations but exceed them. That being said, it is not a carbon copy. The creators certainly put their own spin on things, especially the Scarecrow who is pretty epic in this tale. I thought it was cool, sleek, and a lot of fun.

Check out the cover from the artist:

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5 comments

  1. Hi Jacob, my name is Zeb Hatfield and I am the story developer and writer for Battle Brick Road. I just wanted to take a minute to express my thanks for not only buying in to support the campaign with your own dabloons, but also writing a thoughtful article on the book. You are very correct in that the intention for this story was to 1)Be faithful to the original, not using the name drop of Oz to glean cheap sales, and 2)to bring an interesting and fresh take to the beloved classic. I’m happy to hear that the story of Battle Brick Road seems to please action/comic readers and Wizard of Oz fans, alike. Again, thank you for your support. Feel free to reach out if you ever want to do a more extensive piece or interview on BBR. Best of luck!

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