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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz #1

Written by Eric Shanower

Art by Skottie Young

Colors by Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Reviewed by Steve Seigh

Adapted from the book by Frank L. Baum. this first issue of Marvel’s Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz is just as odd and quirky as you’d expect. Filled with beautiful art by Skottir Young a strange and wonderful Oz is brought to life by a cast of stranger than strange characters and dialogue, as well as some rather sarcastic talking animals. This particular story arc only being 8 issue long I’m very curious to see where the storytelling of Eric Shanower will take us. With such a rich source of material to pull from I have no doubt that this trip into Oz will be a weird kind of fun.

This series being a nice departure from all of the DC coverage we’ve been covering here on the site. It’s good to pull your head out of the BOOM, ZOCK, and POW of mighty action sequences, lethal villains, and steep consequences found in the more serious comic books of today. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz is super colorful, the shadowing and varying hues used throughout the Emerald City are just wonderful. The character designs are finely crafted as the thin line work allows everything drawn to have a sort of hurried elegance to it. I already have issue #2 and will be digging into it very soon.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

I’m pretty certain that you can just jump right into this one. Your parents seriously failed you if you don’t already know the story of Dorothy Gale and the Land of Oz.

VERDICT

Buy it. At only 8 issues for the run it won’t cost you too much to walk the yellow brick road. However, only if fantasy is your type of thing should you be picking this up.

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