Friday, September 28, 2012

The Earth Moved!

I just sat down and read  the newly released Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz from Marvel Comics. Eric Shanower and Skottie Young have made one of their best efforts yet. I'd read a lot of it as it was being serialized but really prefer to wait for the collection to come out.

I enjoyed "seeing" so much of the Mangaboo country - I'd never imagined the gang walking thru the air in low-gravity the whole time they are there. I also found I liked Zeb a lot more than I do in the original - and Eureka is just the best!

The graphic novel is actually a much stronger book than Baum's original as Eric has Dorothy explain how Ozma keeps watch over her via the Magic Picture and that if the gang can just stay alive until Friday at 2:00 PM they'll be OK. With this ticking clock started it adds suspense and deflects from the Deus ex machina quality of Baum's original.

I am also glad to report that we have copies in stock at our on-line store! Why not come by one today! If you order from us your book will be autographed by Eric Shanower and he'll even do a little Oz sketch in it for you!During checkout just let us know how you'd like the book signed in the "Special Instructions" field.

So come order a copy for yourself and maybe even pick one up for a friend! We have copies of Marvel's Wonderful Wizard, Marvelous Land and Ozma of Oz as well as all our usual Oz and Baum titles.


saintfighteraqua said...

I already bought mine and I agree. It is fantastic and better paced than the novel.
Like you, I wait until the hardback collection comes out each year, it's the closest I get to feeling how kids must have in Baum and Thompson's days!
It's very hard though not to rush out and get Road to Oz #1 though.
I saw it at a bookstore last weekend and wanted it so much!

The Finick said...

Compared to the first three books, Baum didn't give Shanower and Young very much to work with. There are some great visuals but the story is a chore compared to the previous. However, Shanower and Young make the most of it and their version of DATWIO (lol) is still a very good book.