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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz Hardcover – September 26, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0785155546 ISBN-10: 0785155546 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (September 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785155546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785155546
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eric Shanower is an American comics artist and writer, best known for his Oz novels and comics and the on-going retelling of the Trojan War as Age of Bronze. He currently lives in San Diego, CA

Skottie Young is an American comic book artist and illustrator who works exclusively for Marvel Comics. He has gained critical acclaim for his work on the New York Times Best Selling and Eisner Award winning series The Wonderful Wizard of Oz published by Marvel Comics. The follow-up graphic novel The Marvelous Land of Oz also made the New York Times Best Sellers List.

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This is an amazing graphic novel series.
Amazonian
This adaptation captures the wonder, drama, and humor of the original story with its excellent pacing and quirky but effective artwork.
D.S.Thurlow
Eric Shanower is nailing the spirit of Frank Baums books.
Jon M. Beasley

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SFA on September 16, 2012
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I have to admit I was very skeptical of how they were going to pull this one off.
Dorothy and the Wizard, along with Road and Emerald City are the three Baum books that seemed like they'd be hardest to pull off in graphic novel format.
Dorothy and the Wizard's problem arises because of the journey they take that is actually quite dark and exciting but then ends abruptly with a deus ex machina.
Though that still does happen and in a way totally faithful to Baum's intentions, the rescue is made much more agreeable since it comes as no surprise and the travelers are actually waiting for it while trying to survive in the meantime.
This has me so excited for Road to Oz, so I can see how they handle Baum's little plot hiccups in that story.
In other words, they have actually taken an enjoyable story and made it better.
The expressions are just so much fun, and though I didn't care for the Wizard much in the first book, this version fits him. His tricks against the Mangaboos are so much fun and Eureka is hilarious! She's actually more likeable in this version though her character is unaltered...
I laughed at the crazy Wogglebug and the antics of the characters once the travelers reach Oz and you get to feel their urgency in the underground lands...though my childhood images of the Gargoyles were more frightening in my opinion, the land they live in is portrayed so surreal here! Each land is vastly different!
If you love Oz you have to have this book...I don't know if I can wait until next year to read book 5...I may have to subscribe!
Let's show Marvel this series has staying power and hope they continue it through Baum's Oz and possibly beyond!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BabyMo on February 25, 2014
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My oldest daughter is almost seven years old, and she is an avid reader. She prefers graphic novels to chapter books, although she is starting to get into chapter books. In addition to her personal reading, we read together every night. We have been working our way through the Oz series for a few months. I was pleased to discover the Oz graphic novels, adapted by Eric Shanower and illustrated by Skottie Young.

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz is the fourth entry in the Oz series. The first thing that you need to know is that the title is extremely misleading. The vast majority of this book does not take place in Oz. The story begins with Dorothy’s arrival at a train station in California. She meets a young boy named Zeb who is supposed to take her by wagon to a ranch where her Uncle Henry is staying. On their way, an earthquake rips a hole in the ground, and they all tumble into the earth, wagon and all. This is the beginning of an amazing series of adventures. Yes, Dorothy and Zeb meet up with the famous Wizard of Oz, and together with the cabhorse Jim and Dorothy’s kitten Eureka- who can talk!- they all try to make their way home. Along the way, they meet with all sorts of strange personages: from the wooden Gargoyles to the Braided Man. Eventually, they make their way to Oz, and that storyline is much more pleasant than the first two thirds of the book.

The illustrations are spectacular. Skottie Young is a gifted artist, and his vision of Oz is brilliant. His style is very unique, and he really brings the strange encounters to life. Eric Shanower does a wonderful job of adapting the novel, but he is very faithful to the text.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D.S.Thurlow TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 1, 2012
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"Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz" is the fourth Marvel graphic novel by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young, based on L. Frank Baum's "Wizard of Oz" books. It is another fine adaptation sure to be enjoyed by old and new fans of the series.

As the story opens, Dorothy, her cat Eureka, her cousin Zeb, and Zeb's bony old horse Jim drop through an earthquake-caused crack in California and wind up in a land far, far below the earth's surface. Here, gravity is neutralized and Dorothy and Zeb's animals can suddenly talk. Unfortunately, they are not welcome with the locals, animated vegetable people who live in glass houses and dislike so-called meat people. Fortunately, Dorothy and her friends are joined by the former Wizard of Oz, who drops in via his balloon from a fair in California. Thus begins a long journey back to the surface, as Dorothy, Zeb and the Wizard, with a little help from nine piglets and some old friends, surmount a series of obstacles.

"Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz" is a more complicated story than its predecessors. The dark journey back to the surface requires Dorothy and her friends to think their way past some rather startling creatures. Many of the returning characters have a prior history, including the former Wizard of Oz and Ozma, the present ruler of Oz. Dorothy's and Zeb's chances of getting home will ultimately hang on the wits of the Wizard and the outcome of a trial. This adaptation captures the wonder, drama, and humor of the original story with its excellent pacing and quirky but effective artwork. It is highly recommended to fans of the Marvel series of Oz adaptations and of the original Baum stories.
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