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review 2018-06-20 13:37
Oz: Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz - Eric Shanower,Skottie Young,L. Frank Baum
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Great adaptation of Baum's fourth Oz book. It has been a while since I read the original, but from what I remember, this sticks closely to the original book with a few minor changes which are noted in the beginning of this book. 

I actually liked this version better than the original. I think the graphic novel format works very well for this story. Baum's descriptions were often a bit vague and/or confusing, but seeing Skottie Young's versions of the various creatures Dorothy and her companions meet on their journey is breathtaking. Wonderful, fantastic artwork. I love his style. This really brings that story to life. 

I find it best to read the original and then read these graphic novels, but for people who don't like reading novels or don't enjoy Baum's style yet want to know the Oz stories, this is a great route. These books take the original story and put it in a graphic novel format instead of retelling the story entirely. They can be used in hand with or as an alternative to the originals for people who prefer graphic novel format.

Great adaptation. Amazing artwork. This is a wonderful series.
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review 2018-06-12 00:31
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Graphic Novel) - Eric Shanower,L. Frank Baum,Skottie Young

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I actually ended up liking this book more than the original novel. I have never been a huge fan of the Oz series. I've always had kind of a weird relationship with them; I'm intrigued by the ideas and characters, but I just don't like them (and I can't stand Dorothy). But I do enjoy various retellings. 

I really liked this book. It perfectly combines Baum's original text with all-new, fabulous artwork. I loved the revamp of the characters. I especially enjoyed the artwork. I really like Young's interesting, slightly grotesque style. Very well done. 

The text does stick to the original story (and all it's gruesome details). This means that the book can get a little violent at times such as the Tin Man killing a cat with his ax to rescue a mouse, the Tin Man decapitating wolves (the Tin Man is surprisingly violent), and the Scarecrow wringing the necks of birds. These things happen in the original so they happen here. Young's artwork is not overly bloody or gory, but there is only so much one can do when illustrating such a story. This is not a criticism of the book, but a warning to parents who may want to give this book to their kids too soon. 

Overall, a very good adaptation of the original Oz story.

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review 2018-03-02 16:00
Kunstenaar als geluksbringer
De Ondenkbare Prins - Jean-Marc Lofficier,Eric Shanower,Kees Beentjes,Jean "Moebius" Giraud

Nou, het is een 'Hermetische Garage' boek maar de tekiningen worden niet getekend door Moebius (Jean Giraud). Dat zou ketterij moeten zijn. Maar in feit, werkt het goed.


Moebius was wel erbij vertrokken, neem ik aan, omdat hij de schrijfcredits met een andere schijver (Lofficier) deelt. Het hele book heeft de overweldigende sfeer van een Moebius-verhaal, en zelfs als de kunst niet precies hetzelfde is, het is goed.


Dat komt ook omdat de text goed is, en grappig. Het verhaal is over een kunstenaar die niet veel gevoel voor zijn eigen veiligheid lijkt te hebben. Hij vindt het vooral leuk om gevarlijke monsters te tekenen. Maar nog steeds heeft hij altijd mazzel (tot nu) en wordt eigenlijk gezien als een geluksbringer, en vanwege dit geadopteerd door een groep krijgers.


Ik hoop dat ik het volgende boek in de reeks kan vinden.

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review 2017-03-02 21:46
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- graphic novel
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Marvel Classics) - 'Eric Shanower', 'L. Frank Baum'

This graphic novel was fun! I have always been a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz and when I came upon this novel, I knew that I had to read it. The novel follows the original storyline of the beloved tale that we all grew up with as the author throws in his own fantastic extras which I looked forward to. As Dorothy and Toto get stuck in a powerful storm, they soon find themselves in an unfamiliar area. There are the munchkins, a dead witch, the powerful shoes and a yellow road that Dorothy and Toto set off on in hopes of finding the powerful wizard who can get them back home. During their journey, they meet a tinman, a lion and a scarecrow along the way and their travels are quite adventurous. The glamorous city of Oz is so bright that everyone who enters needs to wear special glasses, so this group along with everyone who lives in Oz sports their aviator spectacles and these illustrations are amazing. Dorothy and her friends ask the Wizard for his help but the Wizard needs their help too, for there still is evil and the Wizard wants it gone.


The additions that the author added to this classic story were wonderful. They made their travels more adventurous and diverse. We met more of their world in this novel, we experienced more and got a better view of the characters. I also thought, if we really looked at these new travels, we could see in each individual more of that desire that they were so desperately wanting the Wizard to give them, in these travels. I especially loved the part in the novel when the characters met up with the Wizard for the first time. In this novel, each character met the Wizard individually and relayed what they wanted to him. It was an interesting and great way to present this piece. The illustrations in this novel were incredible. Full of life and bursting with color, the details in each one captivated my eyes. I highly recommend this novel and I have put this graphic novel on the list of books for me to purchase. I think this is a gem for all ages to enjoy.

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review 2013-09-06 00:00
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Marvel Classics) - 'Eric Shanower', 'L. Frank Baum' 3.75
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