About five years ago I discovered I loved graphic novels and comics. I was shocked. It came out of nowhere. Since then I gather recommendations like candy and race through as many as I can. To share my obsession I’m going to make Getting Graphic a regular feature, if I don’t get interrupted by something awesome like Zombies vs Unicorns. (I seriously can’t get enough!)
This week’s feature is a new graphic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum from Marvel. Writer Eric Shanower, creator of Age of Bronze at Image and artist Skottie Young, most famous for his work on New X-Men, return to Baum’s original text to create a new experience of this American classic. Dorothy and her little dog Toto are swept away from Kansas on a cyclone to the Land of Oz. Dorothy is awed by this new world but what she really wants most is to get back home.
The art is rich and playful and the panels flow incredibly smooth. Skottie Young has made a completely new Oz that is fresh and interesting. I love the Cowardly Lion, he really looks like a big scaredy cat. This is a great example of a good graphic novel adaptation. Shanower and Young have turned this well-known story into a new experience. Love it, love it, love it.