Enter the Young

The Marvelous Land of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, adapted by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young – The follow-up to their successful comic adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this continues the series in the same fashion. It features a script from Eric that’s very faithful to the book, and new art by Skottie. His artistic style is not the mostly realistic take of John R. Neill and Eric himself, but instead has kind of a deformed look to it, with the human characters having big heads and skinny limbs. It took a little getting used to, but now that I’m more accustomed to his style, I find that part of the fun is in seeing how Young will portray new characters. I was particularly curious to see his version of the Wogglebug, and it turns out that he’s somewhat buggier looking than Neill’s drawings of him, complete with six limbs instead of four. Actually, other artists had drawn him with all six limbs that you’d expect a bug to have, but made the extra ones function like arms. Young’s take might be original in having the Highly Magnified one use four of his limbs as legs. Also definitely worth seeing is his version of Mombi in griffin form. Surprisingly, his Ozma is actually quite similar to Neill’s, complete with the poppies, Oz headpiece, and tiny crown. Speaking of which, I understand that some people who hadn’t read Baum’s book were checking out the comics, and I have to wonder how they reacted to the reveal at the end. As far as the script goes, it’s basically just the dialogue from the book, but I noticed that Eric managed to slip in a few additional jokes that weren’t in the original, but remain true to its spirit. I believe there was more interaction between Mombi and Jinjur as well. The two will be adapting Ozma of Oz next, and I look forward to that. I have to wonder how many more of these they’ll be able to do before someone’s interest runs out.

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2 Responses to Enter the Young

  1. vilajunkie says:

    Any idea when Ozma will come out? Based on the length of time that Wizard and Land got published, Ozma’s comic should be out by now. I hope it doesn’t suffer the same fate as Sherwood Smith’s third book.

    • Nathan says:

      I’m pretty sure the comics got much better critical reception than Smith’s first two Oz books, so I doubt it will. Not sure when it’s coming out, though.

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