Sunday, March 2, 2014

Ozma of Oz - L. Frank Baum, Eric Shanower, Skottie Young

Title: Ozma of Oz
Author: L.Frank Baum, Eric Shanower, Skottie Young
Publisher: Marvel, 2013 (Paperback)
Length: 200 pages
Genre: Children's Graphic Novel
Started: March 1, 2014
Finished: March 1, 2014

From the back cover:

Dorothy is back, and she's not in Kansas anymore. But she's not in Oz either!

L. Frank Baum's magical world comes to life once again as our beloved Dorothy Gale takes yet another unexpected trip to a mystical, faraway land. This time, Dorothy winds up in the land of Ev; she meets new friends such as Tik-Tok the mechanical man and Billina, perhaps the cleverest chicken you'll ever encounter. Dorothy will also have to face the wicked Nome King, who's imprisoned the royal family of Ev. Lucky for her, she'll get help from her Oz friends such as the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow - along with the new Queen of Oz, the lovely Ozma! But can even their combined might win the day and see Dorothy back home? Find out in Marvel Comics' third amazing series adapting the L. Frank Baum classics!

I'm always on the look-out for graphic novels that are appropriate for younger kids, and ones based on classic books tend to attract my interest, especially classic books that kids are less likely to read these days. As soon as I saw this, I remembered the Disney movie from the 80s that I loved and picked it up.

This instalment is the third in the series of five (a sixth is in progress now) based on L. Frank Baum's Oz books: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, The Road to Oz, The Emerald City of Oz (I'm not sure if Marvel plans to do versions of the other books that come after these). These adaptations are closer to the original books than any of the films, which I like, and the artwork is amazing and slightly quirky, perfect for Oz stories. I'll definitely be picking up the rest and keeping them for my collection.

Excellent adaptation of the Oz book with wonderful, appealing artwork. Perfect for kids and even older readers who like the stories. I encourage those who like it to pick up all 6 in the series.

Thoughts on the cover:
Again, I love the artwork, so no complaints here.

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