The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain advance copyof Viper Comics’ latest project – NIGHTMARES IN OZ. Dale Mettam wrote the story,Courtney Huddleston did the artwork and Ed Ryzowski handled the colors.
The story begins in the past with a people of OsmannGrove, Kansas accusing a girl named Beryl Storstap of being a witch. While beingburned on a scarecrow post in a cornfield, Beryl places a curse on them andtheir descendants. Flash forward to the present – it’s Spring Break and a groupof college kids decide to go camping. Thatis until flying creatures and a scythe-wielding scarecrow attack the group. Thenthe ghost of Beryl Storstap appears...
Mettam’sstory has a sense of familiarity, but seems fresh at the same time. He gives aninteresting twist to the elements from the Wizard of Oz (scarecrow, flying monkeys, the wicked witch, the woodsman, the lead female named Dee and Totes thedog). Huddleston’s art is very impressiveand the violence is appropriate, not extremely graphic as it could have been. Ryzowski’scolors do a great job setting the mood of this dark tale.
Ifyou enjoy slasher horror with a mix of the supernatural, this is your book. NIGHTMARESIN OZ will be available digitally Halloween day via Graphicly, iVerse andComicxology. You can also download the graphic novel from www.vipercomics.com.