This time Dorothy is accompanied by her pet cat Eureka, a boy she just meet named Zeb and his horse Jim. Soon after the Wizard of OZ himself joins Dorothy. Making a return to the OZ books the kind and wise Wizard will help Dorothy once again find her way home.
This 4th adaptation of L. Frank Baum's work brings back some of the original and all time favorite characters from the OZ books. And as a bonus you'll see most protagonists of the previous books again.
How is it?
During a big earthquake Dorothy, Eureka, Zeb and Jim fall down an enormous crack in the ground and end up in the land of the Mangaboos. This is a magic land where you can walk on air, animals talk and people are vegetables. Soon after the Wizard (of OZ) comes down in his balloon and joins them in their search for the way back home.
Together they'll face the racism of the Mangaboos, the rage of the invisible bears, hords of Gurgles, the mazes of the Dragon lair and their own insecurities.
The Wizard adds and element of wisdom and aptitude uncommon to Dorothy's previous travel companions. Its a fresh take on the group dynamics that works very well. However there is one downside. There is more action in this story than usual in the OZ books and with it comes a touch of violence that hasn't been seen yet in the land of OZ. Nothing too brutal to an adult, but to a child this might be a bit strong.
|Dorothy wakes Zeb|
Eric Shanower has been doing a stupendous job adapting the original novels to comic book format. In Dorothy and the Wizard in OZ he continues that fantastic job. The narration is just the right pace, the dialogues are on point and the story as a whole is a delight to read.
A little bonus in the story is the origin of the Wizard and some backstory of the land of OZ.
|Jim beating some Gurgles|
Skottie made sure everyone was distinguishable and unique. The Mangaboos are very similar to the people of OZ but with vague and emotion deprived expressions. The Gurgles are wooden imp like flying creatures. These are my favorite. Their visual uniqueness is a joy to behold, and made better by the randomness of their existence. The braided man is very hilarious, and the dragonettes seem like adorable pets that can devour you in one bit.
This is a great book of a fantastic all-ages series. You should get this for yourself, as a gift or to your kids (but beware of the violence). Its a truly fantastic adaptation of L.Frank Baum's great OZ books and with Skottie Young's stellar art. There is little doubt that the OZ books should be on every comic book reader's shelves. Highly recommended.
If you never heard of the Marvel OZ books, take a look at my review of the first (and most commonly known) one here.
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Authors: Skottie Young, Eric Shanower
Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/review-dorothy-and-wizard-in-oz.html