Oz: Ozma of Oz (Marvel Classics)
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Oz: Ozma of Oz (Marvel's Oz Comics series #3)

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Dorothy is back, and she's not in Kansas anymore. But she's not in Oz, either! L. Frank Baum's magical world comes to life once again as our beloved Dorothy Gale takes yet another unexpected trip to a mystical, faraway land. This time, Dorothy winds up in the land of Ev; she meets new friends such as Tik-Tok the mechanical man and Billina, perhaps the cleverest chicken you...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 23rd 2012 by Marvel
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Alejandro
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! New characters and new challenges are ahead, but also you will be able to find again the lovely characters of the previous books too. 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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Malapata
Después del bajón del segundo volumen, éste vuelve a subir el nivel. La historia es sencilla y entretenida, aunque siga lejos de la del primer volumen, y los dibujos de Skottie Young se notan más trabajados que en la segunda parte.
Rhys
I don't mind reading all the Tarzan books out of order, and I don't really mind reading all the Maigret novels out of order, but I must read the Oz books in strict sequence or not at all!

Ozma of Oz is the third in the series and is hugely enjoyable. As I have said elsewhere, the first Oz book nearly discouraged me from reading the others, it was just too disorganised and not particularly well written; but the second Oz book redeemed the series for me because it was such a marvellous tale and muc...more
Matthew
I had to place an order for the second book but I decided to read this instead because Dorothy comes back to the Oz series in this book. I truly love this new marvel comics series for Oz and this book is quite different than it's movie adaptation. When I was reading this book, it reminded me of the Disney movie, Return to Oz, and I was trying to compare the movie with the book which is a bad idea. The movie incorporates some of the book but entirely changed it for the movies.

In this book, Doroth...more
Alex
This was my favorite book in the Oz series, so I couldn't wait to see it as a graphic novel after loving the first two the authors did.

Once again, these are just SO well done! The illustrations are gorgeous and the story translates over to a comic book setting almost seamlessly. This particular story was the basis for the movie Return to Oz, which I always loved as a kid. (They just don't make "dark" movies like that for kids anymore!) I loved seeing the creepy Wheelers illustrated, and I always...more
*Queen Diva*
These graphic novels really are super awesome! The artwork is bad ass! I like that even though these are considered children's graphic novels that the artwork is sometimes a bit creepy . Skottie Young is seriously boss!

I've never read any of the Wizard of Oz books before other than the junior version of the original, so I'm not particularly familiar with the story of any of the books (outside of the movie for the first one), but I really liked this one! Billina the hen was so fabulous! And I re...more
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...more
Orion
This is a graphic novelization of the 1907 book by L. Frank Baum. Eric Shanower sticks close to the original story and does a great job of turning it into comic format. What is brilliant about this and the other books in this Marvel series is the artwork of Skottie Young, who brings a fresh look to characters that are over 100 years old. His Ozma has range of emotions never before seen in her, and his Tik-Tok rises to new levels of Artificial Intelligence.

If you love the story, this will be a gr...more
Becky B
As with the rest of Marvel's Oz graphic novels I've read, this one does a good job of remaining very faithful to Baum's original story while adding spectacular visual elements and toning down the rather graphic parts (like the creepy Princess who switches heads) to make it kid friendly. In case you aren't familiar with the original, in this Oz book, Dorothy is traveling to Australia with her Uncle when she gets swept overboard in a storm. She awakes to find herself traveling with a talking chick...more
Daniel Kizlyk
same review for all of these books,
the characters responses were predictably redundant but I guess i should have to look over that flaw because they are children's novels. But really other than that (which often made the books insufferable and eventually caused me to stop halfway or so through this plentiful series) the stories are so rich with imagination it proves FLB is certainly one of the best fantasy story writers especially for the time this was written. So full of fun and whimsy.
Chad
These Oz books wouldn't sell half as much without Skottie's artwork.It's so playful and fantastic. The story is well edited by Shanower to keep it moving swiftly. Baum originally had some great ideas.The scene with characters being turned into trinkets abd having to guess which ones are people is funny and delightful. The only complaint would be with a novel adaptation of this kind sometimes there is telling than showing.
Holden Attradies
As with the rest of the adaptations in this series I was blown away by this book. The art is incredible. It's lush and magical, and it fits the Oz world so perfectly.

I particularly enjoyed the way Bellina was drawn, she clearly had some unique yet simply facial attributes which became even more clear when compared to the other plain looking hens you see later on. Dorothy also had particularly strong facial expressions which helped keep the story centered on her.

The show stealer for me, how ever,...more
Sylvie Dale
This was a surprisingly pleasant read. I am not a huge fan of graphic novels but this was well done. I thought the visual depiction of Dorothy showed her pluck but did not resemble the beauty conveyed by illustrator John R Neill. Billina was a hilarious character! This book really brought light to her in a new way. The Hungry Tiger was much fatter, Ozma was adult height, and the Princess Langwidere was much fatter, but other than that the details were true to the original. I enjoyed how the Tin...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I just love this series and Ozma of Oz does not disappoint. The cover is a bit confusing, featuring Dorothy rather than Ozma (as does the entire book), but alas, that is the heritage of Baum's work. I do like Dorothy's new hair cut. Overall, it's the characters that really make these books- they are delightful and endearing with fun, quick lines, rich retro-ish colors, and some of the best facial expressions I've seen. The silly, curving shapes and crazy curlicues, especially of the hair, are a...more
Leigh
This whole Oz Graphic Novel series is excellent. An accurate retelling of the classic novels and beautifully illustrated by Skottie Young. My 2nd and 4th grade boys absolutely loved them and so did I!
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...more
Jacob
Another outstanding collaboration by Shanower and Young adapting these fine OZ works. I never imagined the tales following W.O.Z. would be just as great because I figured I'd been exposed to derivative product times ten. Well, I was wrong. There's no touching the original work. It surprises me Hollywood has not done their best to franchise ALL these stories to the silver screen like Harry Potter films. Hayao Miyazaki often makes films based on strong female protagonists so why hasn't Studio Ghib...more
Michael
Outstanding. Skottie Young's whimsical and beautiful illustrations steal the show, but Eric Shanower's script maximizes the humor and heart of Baum's novel, leaving readers with a masterful adaptation.
Jen
Overall: Loved the artwork. Plot is true to the original.

I've read some complaints about how the characters are drawn, but I liked the style. Many of the characters were almost exactly as I had imagined them. The interpretation of Dorothy is different than the "traditional" version (i.e. Judy Garland from the movie), but I think it fits her personality better. Ozma retains her svelte art nouveau look. Billina reminds me a bit of a character from Bloom County, but (as with Dorothy) her design fi...more
Tally
Another wonderful graphic novel. There isn't much to say except for more praise to this volume and to the series as a whole. As always, the illustrations are magnificent. I loved this volume much better than the previous one, not only in terms of plot but also due to two reasons. One is the return of Dorothy and the other is the character who has easily become my favorite, the hen Billina – so awesome, and a far better sidekick than Toto! I really wish to see more of her in the next volume. In t...more
Mark Bondurant
The series continues. A sensitive and thoughtful rework of a classic. Always a dangerous undertaking, but masterfully pulled off. My hats off to this crew.
Melissa
This tale found Dorothy not in Oz, but in the land of Ev, with new sidekicks: a talking chicken named Billina and a robot named Tik-Tok. It was quite fun to branch out to new places and characters, and I liked that we got to see more of Ozma too. Our heroes and herines have to fight evil once again, with the "boss fight" against the Nome King who had transformed the royal family of Ev into common knickknacks. Naturally all of our old favorites come to help: the Tinman and Scarecrow and Lion and...more
Matthew
This was more interesting than the last one. Dorothy's back and we meet Tik-Tok and Billina the chicken who are great.
Lindsay
Fun adaptation on a classic. My kids and I loved it!
Rosa
In this volume Dorothy finally gets a chance to visit Oz again and meets Ozma who is traveling to the the land of Ev to free their rulers from the gnome king. The artwork was just phenomenal again. I love the artists work on this. The story was interesting enough but I wanted to know how Ozma was faring with all of the changes and there wasn't a ton of info on that which made me a little sad but since it follows the original closely I can see why that wouldn't have been addressed at that time pe...more
Shelli
The Wizard of Oz adventure continues at full speed with new characters, villains and many old friends as Dorothy yet again finds herself stranded in a strange magical land. So many exciting twists and turns, Dorothy will be lucky to keep her own head, literally!

Absolutely loved it; my favorite in the series thus far. The art + the narration = perfection!
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