Zenescope Entertainment, a company famous for making comics with babes in their underpants on the covers, plans to break new ground with Oz, a comic based on the HBO prison drama that depicted prisoners at the Oswald State Correctional Facility raping and killing each other for 56 glorious, naked man filled episodes from 1997 to 2003. It seems an odd choice for Zenescope, who, as far as we can tell, exclusively produces comics for people who like to jerk off to sexualized fairy tale characters, but, hey, we applaud them for going out of their comfort zone.
It is unclear whether the comic will be a continuation of the series, which saw many of its popular cast members killed before the final episode, or whether it will take place at some point during the show's continuity. The latter would be preferable, because we feel there's a lot more that can be explored in the relationship of characters like Beecher and Chris Keller, and we would love to see it explored via scenes of raw, uninhibited, and often violent anal sex. Zenescope seems perfectly suited for such a task.
Whether the comic book market is ready to accept the transition from nearly nude jailbait teen superheroes on the covers of their comics to middle aged, rape-threatening white supremacists, The Outhouse has no idea. They've been accepting a $3.99 price point for several years now though, so they're already nice and lubed up. Zenescope's Oz will debut at San Diego Comic Con this year and hit comic stores in July. We'll show you the exclusive Campbell pinup of J.K. Simmons as soon as it becomes available.
Here's the press release:
Zenescope Entertainment Announces OZ
Zenescope Entertainment has announced plans to publish its newest Grimm Fairy Tales comic book spinoff entitled OZ. Fans of Zenescope’s comics have been looking forward to the company’s re-imagining of this classic story for quite a while as it’s been hinted at in numerous issues over the past two years. Oz will finally make its much-anticipated debut at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con and hit retailer shelves in late July.
Zenescope’s President and co-founder, Joe Brusha, will be handling the writing for the new Oz series. “We’re very excited to finally reveal the fourth realm of the Grimm Fairy Tales Universe.” said Brusha “We’ve already introduced alternate versions of Neverland and Wonderland and have been planning Oz for such a long time and now we finally get to deliver something epic to our fans. I hope they enjoy reading it as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it.”
This modern take on the Oz story retells the classic mythology with a fascinating blend of dark fantasy and action-packed adventure. It begins as the witches of Oz search for a lost weapon of power known as the Veridian Scepter. Their quest ultimately leads them to the unlikeliest of places – the farmlands of Kansas - and specifically to the home of a young woman named Dorothy Gale.
The first issue features interior artwork by newcomer Rolando Neto and covers by superstar artists J Scott Campbell, Artgerm, Eric Basaldua and Ale Garza and is available now for pre-order in Diamond's May edition of PREVIEWS for a July 2013 release. For more information on Oz or any other Zenescope title, visit www.zenescope.com or follow their updates on Facebook and Twitter.
Zenescope Entertainment was founded by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco in 2005, and has quickly grown into one of the top comic book and graphic novel publishing companies in the world. Zenescope's Grimm Fairy Tales and subsequent spinoff series such as Wonderland, Neverland and Robyn Hood, which put a dark twist on classic fables, are some of the best-selling and longest-running original independent comic books on shelves today. Zenescope publishes and develops both original and licensed material and has worked with dozens of clients that include Discovery Channel, History Channel, CBS, Lionsgate TV, Mandalay Vision, New Line Cinema, Titmouse Studios and many others.