Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #1 (of 8)

Eric Shanower, Skottie Young & Jean-Francois Beaulieu
I was very excited when this book was initially announced. Eric Shanower created one of the best comic books in Adventures In Oz, a book that continued where L. Frank Baum's Oz books left off. But he's never adapted the first book in Baum's series, as he's done here, writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from the source material, with Skottie Young illustrating and Jean-Francois Beaulieu coloring. As is expected, Shanower sticks pretty close to the original children's book (I read it a few months back), complete with Dorothy's silver shoes and several other things that were changed when the film version that everybody knows, took some liberties. Skottie Young is a perfect fit as the artist on this title. The cartoony characters prance through the cheery landscapes of Oz, full of whimsy and magic, reminding the reader why The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (and its sequels) are such fun, inventive books, and have stood the test of time. I love the designs for the characters and the introduction of Dorothy's first traveling companion was spot-on. I'm looking forward to reading more and hope this will turn more people on to Baum's treasured creation.

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