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Oz: Ozma of Oz Paperback – May 23, 2012
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Eric Shanower, the award-winning and New York Times bestselling cartoonist, author, and illustrator. His work has been widely published--from Marvel Comics to Random House, from Nickelodeon Magazine to BBC television. His current comics project, Age of Bronze, tells the complete story of the Trojan War in all its dramatic detail. Age of Bronze has been published by Image Comics since 1998, garnering two Eisner Awards, a Gran Guinigi, and a slew of nominations. The second volume, Sacrifice, was selected as one of the Best Books of 2004 by the editors of Publishers Weekly. In addition to English, Age of Bronze is published in Spanish, French, Polish, Italian, Croatian, and Indonesian.
Skottie Young has been an illustrator and cartoonist for over ten years working for companies such as Marvel, Warner Bros., Image, Upper Deck, Mattel and many more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Dorothy has returned to Oz with her only company being the chicken Billina. Right off the bat they run into some very scary Wheelers and find and activate Tik-Tok who assists them in their flight from the Wheelers. The whole thing culminates in Dorothy meeting up with her friends from the first book and facing off with the Nome King.
I have absolutely loved these graphic novel retellings of the Oz series. I absolutely adore Skottie Young’s artwork and think it depicts everything in a creepy yet colorful way that really does it justice. I loved how the Wheelers and the Nome King were portrayed.
I also really enjoyed the fact that Dorothy joins forces with Ozma in this book. They are both strong and interesting female characters that I like reading about. Additionally we have some incredibly fun new characters. Tik-tok is one of my favorites from the original full length novels and he was awesome in this graphic novel series too. I loved that the Cowardly Lion was back in the story and really enjoyed his friend the Hungry Tiger.
I enjoyed this book just as much as the first book in this series and more than the second book in the series. It is a wonderful graphic novel retelling of the Oz series. I think the best part about this series is the wonderful colorful artwork throughout.
Overall this was the best installment yet in this graphic novel retelling of Baum’s Oz series. I really love the illustration style and enjoyed the characters and story as well. This is a graphic novel series that is great for all ages. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy fantasy graphic novels, especially those who are already a fan of Baum’s Oz series.
We finally bring Dorothy back to the fold, who falls off a ship at sea with her chicken friend Billina, and wind up in the land of Ev. They free the steampunk robot Tik-Tok, then get imprisioned by the head-changing Princess Langwidere, the acting "head" of Ev. She's then rescued by Princess Ozma, and all her old friends from Oz. Ozma has travelled across the Deadly Desert to free the royal family of Ev from the wicked Nome King. When the heroes finally arrive at the nomes' underground dominion, the Nome King tricks most of them into becoming parts of his ornament collection, but they're saved by Billina's eggs which are like Kryptonite for nomes. After seizing the Nome King's magic belt, they restore the Ev royal family, go back to Oz, and eventually send Dorothy back to her Uncle Henry in Australia.
Not much was changed from the original version of the book as far as the story or content is concerned. There are some differences in the way the characters look and seem to act. Tik Tok has kind of a Mario Bros. mustache, although I miss his helmet, but he was certainly more livelier than normal and less mechanical. Princess Langwidere has a very Grecian look to her, as if she's out of a piece of renaissance art. Billina appears more onery than normal, and Hungry Tiger is like a large plushie. The nomes are especially creepy being short little hair guys with jagged teeth, and the Nome King is a very spooky as a shorter twisted version of Santa Claus with a bad haircut. We get to see more of Ozma(especially since she's the title character)who this comic illustrates well how new to the idea of being a ruler she is, as Ozma's determination to free the Ev royal family seems to cloud what better judgement she might have. Dorothy is slightly older with a shorter and lighter haircut, but not as curly as in the original book.
Marvel did a great job promoting this, and has kept it as one of their top-selling titles. There are alternate covers to Issue #1, and a hardcover collection. A paperback graphic novel will be released sometime in 2012, just around the time when Dorothy Of And The Wizard In The Land Of Oz finishes its print run.
#20 in my work to review every graphic novel I read in 2013
Absolutely loved it; my favorite in the series thus far. The art + the narration = perfection!