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Dorothy Gale plunges into adventure again, this time with a talking chicken named Billina. Dorothy and Billina are washed off their sailing ship to face drowning, starvation - and screaming Wheelers, strange men with wheels instead of hands and feet. The multiple Eisner Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling team of Shanower and Young returns to Oz with this comics a Dorothy Gale plunges into adventure again, this time with a talking chicken named Billina. Dorothy and Billina are washed off their sailing ship to face drowning, starvation - and screaming Wheelers, strange men with wheels instead of hands and feet. The multiple Eisner Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling team of Shanower and Young returns to Oz with this comics adaptation of L. Frank Baum's third Oz book! Collecting OZMA OF OZ #1-8


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Dorothy Gale plunges into adventure again, this time with a talking chicken named Billina. Dorothy and Billina are washed off their sailing ship to face drowning, starvation - and screaming Wheelers, strange men with wheels instead of hands and feet. The multiple Eisner Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling team of Shanower and Young returns to Oz with this comics a Dorothy Gale plunges into adventure again, this time with a talking chicken named Billina. Dorothy and Billina are washed off their sailing ship to face drowning, starvation - and screaming Wheelers, strange men with wheels instead of hands and feet. The multiple Eisner Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling team of Shanower and Young returns to Oz with this comics adaptation of L. Frank Baum's third Oz book! Collecting OZMA OF OZ #1-8

30 review for Oz: Ozma of Oz

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alejandro

    The story is far from ending up! Creative Team: Writer: Eric Shanower (based on the original works by L. Frank Baum) Illustrator: Scottie Young BEWARE THE WHEELERS! Dorothy returns in another adventure but to her surprise she may not being in Kansas anymore but it's not Oz either. Dorothy and her new companion, Billina, are now in the wonderful land of Ev! Billina is a hen, but unlike Toto, the dog, Billina is able to talk while she is in the magical realms, making her more interesting to read The story is far from ending up! Creative Team: Writer: Eric Shanower (based on the original works by L. Frank Baum) Illustrator: Scottie Young BEWARE THE WHEELERS! Dorothy returns in another adventure but to her surprise she may not being in Kansas anymore but it's not Oz either. Dorothy and her new companion, Billina, are now in the wonderful land of Ev! Billina is a hen, but unlike Toto, the dog, Billina is able to talk while she is in the magical realms, making her more interesting to read in the story. And don't get me wrong, Toto is adorable, but being able to speak, indeed is a big plus to Billina as companion to Dorothy. Soon enough, Dorothy and Billina will have the help of Tik-Tok, a likeable metallic soldier. And that's good since this time Dorothy will need all the available help since she will face a new villain, the powerful Nome King!!! OZMA RULES! Now, Oz is ruled by Ozma, the real heiress to the throne of Oz. Ozma rules! (In more than the literal way) And as I commented that Dorothy would need all the available help, so that's good that Ozma won't hesitate to form a party (No! Not one of those where you dance and eat cake, you silly!) of the best characters in Emerald City to make a daring journey from the boundaries of Oz to reach the dangerous territories of Ev. New challenges are ahead, so don't miss the next chapter in the magical and charming saga of Oz!!! Eric Shanower and Scottie Young are back again to adapt in a wonderful way, this third book by L. Frank Baum. Highly recommended for readers of all ages.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    While travelling to Australia with Uncle Henry, Dorothy is shipwrecked in the Land of Ev where she meets Billina the hen and the Tic-Toc Man. They come across the Wheelers which Skottie Young demonically illustrates to full effect. Ozma and all of Dorothy's old friends also come to Ev in order to free the royal family from the clutched of the Nome King. The Nome King is a reoccurring villain in future Oz books and he's perfect for it. I love all of Young's illustrations in the underground and par While travelling to Australia with Uncle Henry, Dorothy is shipwrecked in the Land of Ev where she meets Billina the hen and the Tic-Toc Man. They come across the Wheelers which Skottie Young demonically illustrates to full effect. Ozma and all of Dorothy's old friends also come to Ev in order to free the royal family from the clutched of the Nome King. The Nome King is a reoccurring villain in future Oz books and he's perfect for it. I love all of Young's illustrations in the underground and particularly the Nome King himself. I like that Dorothy has grown up a bit and is more sure of herself. You may recognize a lot of characters from the 80's movie Return to OZ. They pulled from Ozma of Oz and Marvelous World of Oz for that story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    Another delightful - and beautiful - entry in the series, and as with the previous book a story I was completely unfamiliar with. How have these not been filmed? And why do they instead keep making inferior movies like "The Wiz," James Franco's lame "Oz the Great and Powerful," TV's interesting update "Tin Man," and Disney's 1985 "Return to Oz," (which was a loose and apparently terrible mash-up of Ozma and the previous Marvelous Land of Oz)? Now that folks are seriously adapting things like Lor Another delightful - and beautiful - entry in the series, and as with the previous book a story I was completely unfamiliar with. How have these not been filmed? And why do they instead keep making inferior movies like "The Wiz," James Franco's lame "Oz the Great and Powerful," TV's interesting update "Tin Man," and Disney's 1985 "Return to Oz," (which was a loose and apparently terrible mash-up of Ozma and the previous Marvelous Land of Oz)? Now that folks are seriously adapting things like Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Expanse and the I-really-hope-they-don't-screw-it-up His Dark Materials, it's about time HBO or Netflix got the rights to Oz and did a decent series that combined all the stories using the techniques and talents of modern Hollywood. How do we make that happen??

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    While Dorothy ends up proving herself worthy of being Ozma's champion in this book, there's a second hero who is sometimes overlooked — Bill the chicken. http://pussreboots.pair.com/blog/2015... While Dorothy ends up proving herself worthy of being Ozma's champion in this book, there's a second hero who is sometimes overlooked — Bill the chicken. http://pussreboots.pair.com/blog/2015...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Gotta tell you I was not a fan of the art in this book at all. Huge mouths *shudder* The story was good but not as good as The Wizard. 🤷🏼‍♀️

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Dorothy gets shipwrecked in the land of Ev, and along with a hen named Bill she meets a new cast of characters. She gets locked in a tower for refusing to let the very vain Princess of Ev take her head. Her friends arrive just in time with Ozma of Oz to rescue her. Then they all travel to the underground realm of the Nome king to free the Queen of Ev. All this, and expertly rendered by Skottie Young.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    This is another book that I grabbed off of the kids' shelves because it looked fun. And the story was, but the design was confusing. It's the third book in the graphic novel series of the Oz books, so it must be selling well. But I wonder who the audience for these books is because of some of the design choices. The story was the classic Baum tale. The story editing allowed the heart, humor and drama to come through very well. So that would work for kids or for grown-up fans of the series. But I This is another book that I grabbed off of the kids' shelves because it looked fun. And the story was, but the design was confusing. It's the third book in the graphic novel series of the Oz books, so it must be selling well. But I wonder who the audience for these books is because of some of the design choices. The story was the classic Baum tale. The story editing allowed the heart, humor and drama to come through very well. So that would work for kids or for grown-up fans of the series. But I just didn't get a lot of the artistic choices. Dorothy is incredibly unattractive, she's drawn to look like a wide-mouthed, surly-faced bratty kid. I couldn't identify with her as my hero, I wanted to push her away. Bellina was kind of freaky looking too, with big bulging, bloodshot eyes. Maybe the chicken didn't have to be pretty, although I always imagined her that way, but she looked kind of scary in a lot of the frames. And even Ozma wasn't pretty and also made bizarre mouths. I guess giving characters that big wide open mouth this is the artist's signature style, but it really put me off for this particular story. There were scenes in the book that were great. The Wheelers had a Gothic, scary, yet pitiful aspect, very well expressed. Tik-Tok was enjoyable. Most of the scenes with the Nome king and his lands were well designed. But those were all darker scenes and characters, when it came to beauty there was no child-like wonder in this book, or fairytale charm, or lovely princesses. Oz is supposed to contrast the lovely and the haunting, but this had only one side of the coin. Because of those choices, I just don't really get who the audience is. I think little girls would want to see prettier princesses. I'm not saying that they have to be perfect beauties, plain is fine, just that these gals are making hideous and unattractive faces throughout the whole book. People who were childhood fans of the books would probably think that a graphic novel would be a chance to provide lovely, lush drawings that they can pore over and over. Some of those drawing should certainly be dark and edgy, but the overall the look was just unattractive. So it's not a book that I want to rush out and buy for my adult friend who's a big Oz fan, it's too unattractive for that.. And I'm not going to get it for my niece because I don't think she'll be able to identify with Dorothy, who just doesn't come across as the charming, funny, lovely girl that she is in the source book. So overall the artwork took too much away from the great story for me to be able to recommend this one, it just wasn't my cup of tea.

  8. 4 out of 5

    asmaa🌻

    Didn't really enjoy this one as much, mainly because the plot wasn't all that (and what's with the title?). Also, switch Ozma back to Tip please :\ Didn't really enjoy this one as much, mainly because the plot wasn't all that (and what's with the title?). Also, switch Ozma back to Tip please :\

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    I just love this series. So humorous and fun!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Quinn Rollins

    Last year I discovered Marvel Comics' adaptations of L Frank Baum's classic Oz books. Beginning with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and continuing with The Marvelous Land of Oz, the combination of Eric Shanower's adaptation of Baum's writing with Skottie Young's amazing artwork had me sold from the first pages. The third volume, a hardcover comic collecting the eight comic book issues of Ozma of Oz, is now in stores, and is my favorite so far in this Oz series. If you're familiar with the Walt Disne Last year I discovered Marvel Comics' adaptations of L Frank Baum's classic Oz books. Beginning with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and continuing with The Marvelous Land of Oz, the combination of Eric Shanower's adaptation of Baum's writing with Skottie Young's amazing artwork had me sold from the first pages. The third volume, a hardcover comic collecting the eight comic book issues of Ozma of Oz, is now in stores, and is my favorite so far in this Oz series. If you're familiar with the Walt Disney 80's movie Return to Oz, the story of that movie is mostly Ozma of Oz, with some Marvelous Land of Oz thrown into the mix. Dorothy Gale wasn't in Marvelous Land, so it's nice to see her return in this book. On her way to Australia with Uncle Henry, Dorothy is swept overboard in a storm and ends up in the land of Ev--a neighboring kingdom to the land of Oz. She and her traveling companion Billina (a talking chicken) soon meet Tik-Tok, a mechanical soldier. Together they need to outsmart the Wheelers, roving monsters with wheels for hands and feet (and every bit as freaky as the Flying Monkeys were), and work to free the royal family of Ev from the Nome King. Dorothy is gutsier than she was in Wonderful Wizard of Oz. She's always been plucky, but in so much of her first adventure, she's just trying to get back home to Kansas. She's more comfortable in this story, and has more confidence in her own heroism. She's eventually reunited with her old friends the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion, who arrive with Ozma, the new Queen of Oz. Also accompanying them are the Sawhorse (met in the last book), the Hungry Tiger, and a small army, more there for comic relief than anything else. By the time the group of travelers gets to the Nome King, they're a funny, fun, eclectic group, and you hate to see any one of them get into trouble. So when they end up fighting for their very lives, I was surprised at how anxious I was. I've read most of Baum's Oz books before, but these adaptations are really better than the source material in almost every way. Eric Shanower, who has become a sort of gatekeeper for Baum's Oz stories, editing collections and writing new adventures, probably knows Oz better than anyone currently living. This is an ideal job for him, and he's able to cull away some of the wordiness of the Baum stories while keeping the spirit and intent and adventure very much alive. Skottie Young has illustrated all three of these volumes, and is quickly becoming a favorite artist of mine. His redesigns of these classic characters manage to pay homage to the original Denslow illustrations while stretching them into a direction nearing (but not mimicking) steampunk designs. I especially liked his Hungry Tiger, who's a fitting counterpart to the Cowardly Lion--another big ball of fluff that's both cuddly and toothy. Tik-Tok was one of my favorite characters in the movie Return to Oz, and his round design here is similar, but distinct enough in his own right. The hen Billina is just a comma of yellow with bulgy eyes and a tiny beak, but is another great design. I love the art deco flourishes that Young works into the architecture and clothing--Glinda the Good, even though she's only on a few pages, is always gorgeous. And Ozma herself is like a young goddess of the turn of the 20th Century, with oversized poppy blossoms on the sides of her head, and a stylized "OZ" scepter and tiara. Anyway. Love the art. If you've ever been a fan of the movie The Wizard of Oz, or of the L. Frank Baum novels, or of comic books or graphic novels, you'd enjoy Ozma of Oz. It's a great adventure, with fun characters old and new, outstanding visuals and a tighter story than other Oz books. Whether you're new to visiting Oz or you're a regular, you'll find something to love here.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Justyn Rampa

    This was without a doubt my favorite book of the bunch. The original text served as the other half of the inspiration for the film "Return to Oz" and is full of wonderful little bits of plot. At this point, this is the third OZ book by Baum. A series he never intended to happen but once Wonderful Wizard of Oz was so popular, he decided to make it a series. While the first two books I felt lacked some plot logic and had some characters giving up quite easily, this book really starts to develop in This was without a doubt my favorite book of the bunch. The original text served as the other half of the inspiration for the film "Return to Oz" and is full of wonderful little bits of plot. At this point, this is the third OZ book by Baum. A series he never intended to happen but once Wonderful Wizard of Oz was so popular, he decided to make it a series. While the first two books I felt lacked some plot logic and had some characters giving up quite easily, this book really starts to develop into some nice motivations and character development. This roster sees the return of Dorothy, a character I am not completely in love with, as well as Scarecrow, Tin Man, and The Cowardly Lion (a character I am completely in love with). In addition to the returning favorites, we also have Tik-Tok (potentially my favorite OZ character), Billina, the Wheelers, Princess Langwidere, Ozma, and the introduction of the Nome King! It is interesting how Baum plays with gender in his books and I don't know how much of that was intentional vs. me just ascribing a modern reading of it. Also, he is clearly improving at world building by the third text as we visit the Land of Ev in this book, not OZ, though there are plenty of call backs. Again, there brief moments of illogical plot but overall, I loved it! At this point in time, Eric Shanower and Skottie Young are continuing with adaptation of each Baum book in sequential order! I look forward to the release of "Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz" next!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    I read the first two graphic novels my Marvel a few months ago when I did an Oz month on my blog and really loved them. The art style is pretty amazing for one thing. So whimsical. What I really love about these is how close the author stays to the books. So ... I have only read the first Oz novel by Baum but these graphic novels keep the series going perfectly. This book is about Dorthy going back to OZ ... and meeting back up with her team of friends. We get to visit with Ozma again and meet I read the first two graphic novels my Marvel a few months ago when I did an Oz month on my blog and really loved them. The art style is pretty amazing for one thing. So whimsical. What I really love about these is how close the author stays to the books. So ... I have only read the first Oz novel by Baum but these graphic novels keep the series going perfectly. This book is about Dorthy going back to OZ ... and meeting back up with her team of friends. We get to visit with Ozma again and meet a lot of new and neat characters. Including a funny chicken. So fun

  13. 4 out of 5

    Books on Stereo

    Oz introduces far too much content that fails to add relevant to an already captivating story resulting in a drawn narrative.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karissa

    This is the third book in Marvel’s Oz series, these are graphic novel retellings of the L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. This was a fantastic book I really really enjoyed it. I loved the illustration and colors and really enjoyed that Dorothy was back in the story. 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 This is the third book in Marvel’s Oz series, these are graphic novel retellings of the L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. This was a fantastic book I really really enjoyed it. I loved the illustration and colors and really enjoyed that Dorothy was back in the story. 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I LOVE this series! In this 3rd book in the series Dorothy comes back and we meet many new characters. Dorothy and Uncle Henry head off on a journey by ship to Australia. As fate would have it Dorothy washes overboard and ends up on a strange island with a talking hen named Bill. Dorothy resolves to call her Billina and the two explore the mysterious Land of Ev. It isn't long before they get involved in the problems of the Land of Ev. They find a mechanical man named Tik Tok who fills them in on I LOVE this series! In this 3rd book in the series Dorothy comes back and we meet many new characters. Dorothy and Uncle Henry head off on a journey by ship to Australia. As fate would have it Dorothy washes overboard and ends up on a strange island with a talking hen named Bill. Dorothy resolves to call her Billina and the two explore the mysterious Land of Ev. It isn't long before they get involved in the problems of the Land of Ev. They find a mechanical man named Tik Tok who fills them in on the history of the land (the king sold his wife and 10 children to the Nome King in return for a long life, though the realization of this action causes the king to throw himself from a cliff abruptly ending his life). The Nome King reigns over the underworld and Dorothy and her friends (who meet up with Ozma, Scarecrow, the Tinman, and an army of Oz soldiers when Dorothy is taken prisoner by Princess Langwidere after she refuses to trade heads with her). In the underworld, the Nome King makes a deal with Ozma granting her 11 guesses for her to enter his chambers and guess which ornaments are actually the enchanted royalty of Ev. It takes Dorothy and all of her friends to get their group out of trouble in the underworld and rescue the royal family. Full of adventure with absolutely beautiful full color panels this series is a page turner that I finished in one sitting. Recommended for teens.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Ozma Of Oz is a great book, and much of the storyline from Return to Oz is borrowed from the plot elements here. If you're familiar with that movie, you'll know what's coming most of the time. And Ozma does have some really great plot elements, plus it introduced the fabulous Billina. I'm really enjoying how Shanower is adapting the Oz books. He obviously has a great deal of affection for the source material, and I'd say that it's a fairly close adaptation, from my memory. I do like the art styl Ozma Of Oz is a great book, and much of the storyline from Return to Oz is borrowed from the plot elements here. If you're familiar with that movie, you'll know what's coming most of the time. And Ozma does have some really great plot elements, plus it introduced the fabulous Billina. I'm really enjoying how Shanower is adapting the Oz books. He obviously has a great deal of affection for the source material, and I'd say that it's a fairly close adaptation, from my memory. I do like the art style that Skottie Young uses in these Oz books, though it was a bit of an acquired taste. It is a bit of an adjustment if you're only used to John R. Neill's lovely version of Oz. Great fun for this Oz fan.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    While I'm not a huge fan of Skottie Young's art [too many facial expressions involving mouths open very wide...] this is a fun graphic retelling of the third Oz book. Shanower's pacing seemed well suited to the material, and the story moved along quickly and in a way which will entertain readers, whether they've read the originals or not. As in the original prose version, this volume added several characters to the world of Oz, including the delightful Tik-Tok, a copper mechanical man that needs While I'm not a huge fan of Skottie Young's art [too many facial expressions involving mouths open very wide...] this is a fun graphic retelling of the third Oz book. Shanower's pacing seemed well suited to the material, and the story moved along quickly and in a way which will entertain readers, whether they've read the originals or not. As in the original prose version, this volume added several characters to the world of Oz, including the delightful Tik-Tok, a copper mechanical man that needs to be wound separately for moving, talking and thinking. Billina, the oddly un-henlike chicken [sort of a chicken version of a tomboy] is great, and one of the few where I really loved Young's artistic take.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nickcole

    Rating: 4 The retelling from the story was really great and Mr. Shanower does an excellent forwarding letter, which gets you really excited about reading the story and why he loves it so much. The art was excellent like always and it was an exciting read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    The quirky art is endearing rather than odd. It's a little more dense than most graphic novels, so it takes longer to read. If you like the Wizard of Oz, read this one. The quirky art is endearing rather than odd. It's a little more dense than most graphic novels, so it takes longer to read. If you like the Wizard of Oz, read this one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Toi Thomas

    I read this book in comparison with the original story and was very pleased. I was surprised at how well these books kept to the original source material considering the transfer of written words into a visual medium. Kudos to Marvel for doing a great job releasing a quality product. Eric Shanower adapted the story simplistically and beautifully. The art of Skottie Young was intricate and engaging. Here's my short review of the original story- 4.5 stars - Before I go further, Tick-Tock is my fav I read this book in comparison with the original story and was very pleased. I was surprised at how well these books kept to the original source material considering the transfer of written words into a visual medium. Kudos to Marvel for doing a great job releasing a quality product. Eric Shanower adapted the story simplistically and beautifully. The art of Skottie Young was intricate and engaging. Here's my short review of the original story- 4.5 stars - Before I go further, Tick-Tock is my favorite and I like the inclusion of Billina. This story didn't melt my heart the way the first two books did, but it brings together all my favorite characters and made me laugh quite a bit. I think the reason this story did quite hit the mark for me, was that I didn't care for the villain as a villain. The comparison- Much of what I felt reading the original was there when reading this version. This is a perfect children's series for a reluctant young reader and any adults who may not have the time to read the original. I'm so blessed to have been able to read both. Highly recommended.

  21. 5 out of 5

    SarahKat

    Characters are great. Art is great. Humor is great. (view spoiler)[Dorothy ends up accidentally travelling to Ev, a fairy-land across the desert from Oz, with Bill(ina), a talking chicken. They find Tik-Tok the machine man. He helps them escape the Wheelers. The princess there has lots of heads she could wear. Sort of like how Arya Stark has different faces. She imprisons Dorothy because she won't trade heads with her. Ozma and company show up to find the royal of Ev, who have been enslaved by th Characters are great. Art is great. Humor is great. (view spoiler)[Dorothy ends up accidentally travelling to Ev, a fairy-land across the desert from Oz, with Bill(ina), a talking chicken. They find Tik-Tok the machine man. He helps them escape the Wheelers. The princess there has lots of heads she could wear. Sort of like how Arya Stark has different faces. She imprisons Dorothy because she won't trade heads with her. Ozma and company show up to find the royal of Ev, who have been enslaved by the Nome King. They get Dorothy out and she goes with them. There are amusing things regarding the number of officers (26) and privates (1) in Ozma's army. Lots of random humor while they are travelling. Nome King says they can have the royal family if they touch the correct ornaments that the family has been turned into. Billina saves the day because she overhears the king saying all of the family is purple. Ozma uses the magic belt to send Dorothy home to be with her Uncle. (hide spoiler)]

  22. 4 out of 5

    K

    To be honest, I had no idea that Frank Baum had written so many Oz books. Eric Shanower is a huge fan & has lovingly adapted several of the books into graphic novels with the help of the wonderful illustrator Skottie Young. In this book, Dorothy is swept to the land of Oz due to a storm at sea, while she was traveling with her Uncle Henry to Australia. (The movie "Return to Oz" was based upon this book, as well as a couple of others.) Dorothy meets Billina the talking chicken, Tik-Tok the wind-u To be honest, I had no idea that Frank Baum had written so many Oz books. Eric Shanower is a huge fan & has lovingly adapted several of the books into graphic novels with the help of the wonderful illustrator Skottie Young. In this book, Dorothy is swept to the land of Oz due to a storm at sea, while she was traveling with her Uncle Henry to Australia. (The movie "Return to Oz" was based upon this book, as well as a couple of others.) Dorothy meets Billina the talking chicken, Tik-Tok the wind-up man, the Nome king, and several other characters that we met in the previous book with Tip/Ozma. Dorothy and her friends help Queen Ozma rescue the royal family of a neighboring kingdom who have all been turned into knickknacks by the evil Nome king.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This feels like a pretty faithful adaptation to the novel, although I don’t recall Billina and some others being quite so obnoxious and rude. I’m not sure exactly how I feel about the art. I’m not sure that I associate the wobbly scratchy style with Oz. The splash page of with the entry of Ozma to the land of Ev felt very true to the classic art. While a lot of the cute things seem just weird, the creepy ones are done well. The wheelers are delightfully presented. The nomes are downright Froudian This feels like a pretty faithful adaptation to the novel, although I don’t recall Billina and some others being quite so obnoxious and rude. I’m not sure exactly how I feel about the art. I’m not sure that I associate the wobbly scratchy style with Oz. The splash page of with the entry of Ozma to the land of Ev felt very true to the classic art. While a lot of the cute things seem just weird, the creepy ones are done well. The wheelers are delightfully presented. The nomes are downright Froudian in their design. There’s a real standout set of panels of the Hungry Tiger where his manic delight in asking about eating someone wonderfully crosses the line into salacious impropriety.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    The story is pretty close to the events in the book, but like others I don't love the art. I think Tik-Tok was drawn in a very cute way and the horror show that is Scarecrow's brain was drawn in just the right creepy way. But. . . I hate the giant mouths. Dorothy Gale and Ozma are not known for their loud, agape dealings with Oz, Ev, or Nome folk. It's not jut a weird art choice, it's a bad representation of those characters. I also don't like Nick Chopper's mustache. He's my favorite Oz character The story is pretty close to the events in the book, but like others I don't love the art. I think Tik-Tok was drawn in a very cute way and the horror show that is Scarecrow's brain was drawn in just the right creepy way. But. . . I hate the giant mouths. Dorothy Gale and Ozma are not known for their loud, agape dealings with Oz, Ev, or Nome folk. It's not jut a weird art choice, it's a bad representation of those characters. I also don't like Nick Chopper's mustache. He's my favorite Oz character and he looks like some weird western styled sheriff.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    This is my favourite Oz book and the illustrations are fantastic. I'm used to the drawings from the original version and the new ones are very different but remind you just how young Dorothy and Ozma are, and I love the highly stylized art. The Wheelers are terrible though, I think the artist has seen The Mask too many times. I adore the rest and appreciate the different body types the artist used. Love this book! This is my favourite Oz book and the illustrations are fantastic. I'm used to the drawings from the original version and the new ones are very different but remind you just how young Dorothy and Ozma are, and I love the highly stylized art. The Wheelers are terrible though, I think the artist has seen The Mask too many times. I adore the rest and appreciate the different body types the artist used. Love this book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Dorothy Gale returns to the Land of Oz, along with Billina the chicken, Tik Tok the metal man, the mean and vain multi-headed Princess Langwidere, the ruler of Oz Ozma, the evil creepy wheelers and the selfish Gnome King, combine amidst reunions with the beloved Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion. The illustrations are reminiscent of Tim Burton's Coraline with its dark and twisted characters and good humor from Billina (she is a sassy hen). Dorothy Gale returns to the Land of Oz, along with Billina the chicken, Tik Tok the metal man, the mean and vain multi-headed Princess Langwidere, the ruler of Oz Ozma, the evil creepy wheelers and the selfish Gnome King, combine amidst reunions with the beloved Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion. The illustrations are reminiscent of Tim Burton's Coraline with its dark and twisted characters and good humor from Billina (she is a sassy hen).

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Dorothy is traveling with Uncle Henry to Australia, but gets swept off the ship by a big wave during a storm, lands in a shipping crate with a talking chicken, Billina and washes ashore at the land of Ev. She finds a key that unlocks Tic-too, a mechanical man. They then travel to the Capital and embark on a journey to save the Queen and her family.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ahdom

    Eric Shanower knows how to adapt Oz. I love how much each of these volumes follow the original stories and with suck great artwork. This is one of my favorite books in the Oz series and has so many of the elements that inspired Return to Oz from 1984. I really enjoy what Shanower has done for the original Oz novels and giving them new life.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I have never read the original, but this graphic novel had me hooked! As Dorothy and company risked being turned into ornaments one by one, the illustrator did a great job of keeping the suspense going! The ending seemed a bit rushed after everyone returned to Oz, but I don’t know if that is an editorial choice or if the source material also did the same.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I love, love, love this artwork! The story is wonderful, but the artwork keeps me reading. I always want to see how new characters will look! This is a great story about Dorothy finding herself in the Land of Ev, and meeting up with her friends from the Land of Oz.

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