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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (September 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785142479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785142478
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By HMS Warspite TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 18, 2011
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"Ozama of Oz" is the third volume in Marvel Comics' superb production of Frank Baum's famous Oz fantasy series. Eric Shanower and Skottie Young turn in another terrific performance translating Oz into graphic novel format.

As the story opens, Dorothy is accompanying her Uncle Henry on a voyage to Australia. A fierce storm blows Dorothy overboard, where she takes refuge in a floating chicken coop. She soon finds herself on the shores of the strange land of Ev, accompanied by a talking chicken named Billina and the wind-up mechanical man Tik-Tok. In order to return home, Dorothy will have to confront the fearsome Wheelers, the strange Princess of Ev, and finally the wicked Nome King. She will get help from old friends such as the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, but most of all from Ozma, the new Queen of OZ. At the end, Dorothy and Billina will have to solve a terrible riddle to save all their friends...

"Ozma of Oz" is very highly recommended to fans of Marvel Comics' adaptation of the Wizard of Oz novels by L. Frank Baum.
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I just love this series. This book in particular is great. And I'm not just talking about the story. I think this graphic novel adaption just brought an old story written about 100 years ago into the present. I read the Oz books when I was a kid, and now I'm reading them to my kid. Then I found out these graphic novel adaptions were in the works. Perfect timing. I wasn't sure about the Tin Man's new look, but everything else is awesome. The artist(s) really captured the feel of this story and made it even more interesting. I can't say enough. If you like the Oz books (and not just the Judy Garland movie), you will do yourself a favor and read these versions and get them for your collection. I see the next one is on the way, and would love to see them continue on with the series (although the original books started dwindling in story quality about 5 or 6 books in). I hope the graphic novels will help fix some of the quality problem (as well as some of the continuity that was thrown out the window in later books) without losing anything. Love it!
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This is a Marvel Comics graphic novel adaptation of L.Frank Baum's third Oz novel. Interestingly, this is the second time Marvel tried to do a graphic novel based on this book. In 1976, a graphic novel was produced with a script by Roy Thomas and artwork by Alfredo Alcala. It was completed, but after it was discovered that Ozma of Oz was not in public domain, Marvel canceled the project rather than pay the Baum family for the rights. That graphic novel has never been published and probably never will be. Anyway, this new graphic novel has a script by Eric Shanower and artwork by Skottie Young, just like the recent graphic novels based on the first and second Oz books. They do an excellent job of adaping the book to a comic book format, as you would know if you had read their previous books. Dorothy Gale is back, by popular demand, after being left out of the second book. She falls off a boat and ends up not in Oz, but in Ev, a different magical country. She meets some new characters, the most notable being Billina the yellow hen and Tik-Tok the mechanical man. Don't worry, her friends from Oz show up eventually. This is a great graphic novel which I highly recommend.
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I am in love with this series.
I knew from the day I heard Mr. Shanower was involved that it would be great!
While I don't always agree with Mr. Young's versions of my beloved characters (Tinwoodman and Scarecrow mainly) I love his fun and charming style he's brought to Oz and I am thankful he has brought new life to a deserving series!

My only complaints are with the condition my book arrived in. Creased and dented cover and pages that seem to have moisture damage in spite of being well shrink wrapped and packaged well.
As a collector as well as a reader, this troubles me.

But that aside, I cannot recommend this series enough and cannot imagine a better way to introduce Oz to today's children, especially those too young or unwilling to read a novel. :)

What else can I say? Buy it! And next year get ready for the fourth book (now available in installments) : Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz!
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I also own the first graphic novel, The Wizard of Oz, and while I haven't read any of the original books by Baum, I think that this series of graphic novels based on his work is very well done. The drawing style is fun and modern, with great colors and text adaptation. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who loves good story-telling, lovable characters, and sassy illustration. Also appropriate, I think, for children as well as adults.
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This adaptation to the original Oz stories is simply delightful. There isn't any butchering of the story, and the artwork is just beautiful. I love this series, and even more so for revitalizing and bringing the original story of Oz to new readers.
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Well, Marvel's treatment of the Oz books keeps getting better with their version of the third book, Ozma Of Oz, which was released as an 8-issue mini-series. Eric Shanower adapts it to comics, and Skottie Young has returned to masterfully handle the artwork.

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.
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