Monday, December 6, 2010

Ozma of Oz #2 (of 8)

It seems strange to realize that it's more difficult to write upbeat, positive reviews.

It's easy (and, to be honest) more fun to slam bad comics - they're just begging to be brought down a peg. But when it comes to the great stuff, one quickly runs out of superlatives.

And that's just where I am with the series of Oz books being crafted by writer Eric Shanower and artist Skottie Young.

The latest issue is the second chapter in the adaptation of Frank Baum's Ozma of Oz book, and it's a real delight.

The writing shows the love Shanower obviously has for these characters, and the art spills over with enthusiasm and energy.

Herein we have Dorothy Gale once again transported to the magical land of Oz, accompanied by a talking chicken named Billina. They immediately encounter the terrible Wheelers (you can see them on the cover), and they make an amazing discovery.

To tell more would be to spoil the surprises that each reader should discover on his or her own. Suffice to say that this is a terrific series that's true to the original stories while providing a delightful new look at the classic tale.

What else can I say? Oh yes: highly recommended!

Grade: A


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