No Place Like Home is a creator-owned comic book series written and created by Angelo Tirotto. Art by Richard Jordan. Published in single magazine format by Image Comics as No Place Like Home #1-5 (2012) and collected in trade paperback format as No Place Like Home, Volume One: Home Again (2013).
Welcome to Emeraldsville…
Dee’s life is in turmoil when her parents are killed in a freak tornado. Returning to Kansas for the funeral after five years in L.A., Dee discovers Emeraldsville is the same unexciting place it was when she left – until the bizarre unexplained murders begin.
With an unknown killer closing in, the events of one night in 1959 begin to unravel as a portal to a world of horror opens, a portal paved with yellow bricks…
Girls, guns or zombies? Girls, guns and The Wizard of Oz!
My thoughts… No Place Like Home is a creepy re-imagining of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. In fact, Complex (an online magazine that makes “culture pop”) said it best: “No Place Like Home is basically The Wizard of Oz if told by Stephen King.” Ain’t It Cool News added: “It’s got mystery, gor, punk rock girls and an actual story.”
I love mature re-imaginings of both The Wizard of Oz and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. I think it’s a way for me to be nostalgic while still moving forward, especially when Dorothy and Alice are all grown up! Some favorite mature Oz adaptations, other than No Place Like Home, include: the “Slumber Party” episode (2013) of The CW’s Supernatural in which Dorothy (Tiio Horn) is revealed to be a hunter who joins forces with Sam and Dean to capture the Wicked Witch of the West (Maya Massar) who was accidentally released in 2013; Tom Hutchison’s fantasy/western comic series The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West (published by Big Dog Ink) in which cowgirl Dorothy rides her horse Toto through through the land of Oz which resembles the American Old West; and McFarlane Toys‘ “Twisted Land of Oz“ action figures (2003).
No Place Like Home offers another excellent re-imagining of a familiar story but only teases at the weirdness to come in the land of Oz. Hopefully, Angelo Tirotto will continue the saga sometime soon! Oh, and I love Richard Jordan’s artwork especially his rendering of Dee in her cute little mini-skirt!