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Oz: Road to Oz

(Marvel's Oz Comics #5)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  568 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Dorothy and Toto are off on another fantastic adventure! When dusty Kansas roads suddenly turn into magic highways, it's a safe bet that one of them is the road to Oz! This time Dorothy's companions are strange - an old homeless guy with a magic magnet, and a mentally-challenged child named Button-Bright, transformed magically by the king of the talking foxes! Who will get ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Marvel (first published March 19th 2013)
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Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fair adaptation from a pointless book

Creative Team:

Writer: Eric Shanower (based on the original works by L. Frank Baum)

Illustrator: Scottie Young


My rating to this particular graphic novel is an average between the great presentation by Eric Shanower (writer) and Scottie Young (artist) and the original source material by L. Frank Baum.

If I think on the graphic novel per se, easily I could give it easily a full 5 stars rating, but the story that it/>
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
I love Shanower's Oz adaptations a little more with each one I read. By now, I've fallen fully in love with Skottie Young's vision of Oz. No, it isn't John R. Neill, but what is? Shanower does an excellent job of adapting the books into comic form, and it's very obvious that he has a great love for the Land of Oz. There are so many little details that will make an Oz fan happy. On a nerdy side note, this was the first of the Oz books that I ever read, and it made me feel absurdly happy to see th ...more
Maybe I'm just getting tired, or maybe Baum was - but this book seemed a lot like the last one, which itself was the weakest in the series to that point. Basically, Dorothy and friends pop up at Point A (i.e., somewhere in the Oz-verse) and then go on a long walk to Point B (Oz) before having a party and being sent back to Point C (their respective homes). And that's it, for both books.

And yes, there is another entire menagerie of new critters to enjoy - the Shabby Man, the Fox King,
Gary Butler
Sep 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
60th book read in 2017.

Number 600 out of 624 on my all time book list.
Books on Stereo
Jan 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Oz introduces far too much content that fails to add relevant to an already captivating story resulting in a drawn narrative.
Nicholas Karpuk
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's always been a lot to like about the Oz sequels, but I always felt their charms got buried in Baum's sometimes repetitive, often dull prose style. What the comics remind me of is how utterly strange, whimsical, and at times downright funny his dialogue could actually be.

When a magical builder pops up, builds a ship almost instantaneously, and says, "I could paint it in a minute, but it would take an hour to dry, and I don't have that kind of time!" I can't help but love the weirdness of
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've already read this book and loved it. I mostly get these comics for the awesome art and to see how they do the characters. Love how this book had the lesser known characters from other books by Baum like his Santa Claus book and John Dough. Really like how they drew Polychrome in this too. Highly recommend these to Oz fans!
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
This is difficult to rate. The story itself isn't very good, but that's on L. Frank Baum. Young and Shanower did a great job making a dull story fun. But, I still didn't think it was a good story. When I was a kid I started reading the Oz books but didn't make it past this book, and now I get why.
Alice Urchin
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Not my favorite one, but still amazing. Brilliant artwork, clever writing. Just a fantastic adaptation all around.
Not much of a story to this one. As other reviews on here state, that's Baum's fault, not Shanower's & Young's, so the rating's difficult to assign. Is it a faithful adaptation? Yes. Is it beautifully illustrated? Yes. Is it interesting to read? No, not all that much, but it's hard for me to ever regret time spent in Oz, so I'm happy to have this version on my shelf.

We do meet a few important characters: the Shaggy Man; Button-Bright; and the best of the bunch, Polychrome, the da
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
In this book, Dorothy simply walks to Oz. Ozma enchants the road that Dorothy & her friend the Shaggy Man are walking upon so they find themselves in fairyland. They again meet a variety of bizarre characters as they try to make their way to the Emerald City. On their journey, they gain some additional companions; Button-Bright, a young boy whose only answer to any question is "Don't know" and Polychrome, the daughter of the rainbow. They enter the city of foxes, the city of donkeys, and mus ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Of the five graphic novel of the Oz series, this one was one of my favorite, a close second would be the first Oz book. I enjoyed most of the characters that we met in this book, except for Shaggy Man. He really just irritates me, mostly because he’s a con-man and I had him pinned from the first few panels of the book. But it was a great read, Dorothy and her band of friends travel through various countries to reach Oz. We get a more expansive elaborate view of the Oz world.

Skottie Y
Matthew Hunter
Our family's currently immersed in the The Road to Oz at bedtime. Gotta say it's toward the bottom of our Baum list thus far. But Shanower and Young's comic version? Now that's another story! Shanower and Young have taken Baum's snoozer and turn it into something much better. The story's beautiful. I want to have cocktails in Ozma's drawing room and slide down a rainbow with Polychrome. I want Scoodlers to throw their heads at me and Glinda the Good to make massive trees grow in front of me. I'd l ...more
Toi Thomas
I read this book in comparison with the original story and was very pleased.

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 - Dorthy's back leading a new band of characters, not as lovable as her first group of friends, but just as loyal. This story wonders a bit, but in the end, we're back at our sec
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, children, fantasy
My only real gripe with this series is the art. It's hit or miss. I don't think they've quite captured Dorothy, but Scarecrow looks fine. Polychrome looks whimsical, but the Shaggy Man looks like a deranged hobo.
George Nash
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love the new characters. Too many new characters thrown in at the very end which is fun for the art but not so good for the story.

This was not as enjoyable as the past stories.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Although Skottie Young’s work is as amazing as ever, this Oz book is honestly kinda dull....but maybe it’s just my modern sensibilities finding old works too archaic? With the fresh modern art, the story felt dated and slow....
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I didn't like the ads, but the story was very good, and I am glad I read the awesome book.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
The art was great as always but the source material for this comic isn't very interesting .
Skye Rhoten
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastically wonderful
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reprints Road to Oz #1-6 (November 2012-May 2013) Dorothy meets a man called the Shaggy Man who wants to know the location of Butterfield, Kansas but find herself, Toto, and the Shaggy Man lost on another adventure. Picking up the puzzling child Button-Bright and finding the lost daughter of the Rainbow Polychrome, Dorothy and her friends find themselves in a land populated by talking foxes, human donkeys, and Scoodlers who can remove their heads. Their journey through the land leads to the tran ...more
Becky B
While trying to help the Shaggy Man find the right road near her home in Kansas, Dorothy soon finds their path is not in Kansas any more. She, the Shaggy Man and Toto meet all sorts of interesting characters along their path, some friendly and some a bit hostile. They pick up two more members to their party when they come across a little lost boy called Button Bright (who really isn't all that bright) and the inadvertently abandoned daughter of the Rainbow, Polychrome. Eventually Dorothy and gan ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

This is the fifth book in Marvel’s reboot of the Oz series. There are six books total in this series. There isn’t much plot here, just lots of crazy characters. It wasn’t the best of the Oz books, but still fun to read.

Dorothy travels down the road to Oz with the Shaggy Man and meets Polychrome (a daughter of the rainbow) and Button Bright (a not so bright young boy) along the way. They go through a kingdom of foxes and a kingdom of donkeys and sail a sand ship across the deadly desert all in t
A quieter journey than in past volumes, but full of memorable characters nonetheless. Dorothy offers to help the Shaggy Man find his way and is unwittingly pulled into a journey that takes her far from her Kansas home and back to Oz. Later, Dorothy finds that this journey was a trick of Ozma's so that she could ensure Dorothy's attendance at her birthday party.

Similarly to the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy makes friends along her journey and in one way or another they find themselv
Michael Emond
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have loved this series by Shanower and the art by Skottie Young is the main selling point (IMO). But, this is the first one where I got to the end and thought "what was the point"? Shanower, who adapts it from Baum's book, does warn us that it is considered the weakest of the Oz books and he is correct. It is also the first adaptation in the series to only go 6 comics instead of 8 and I can see why. Not much story to tell. But even with no story it feels rushed and not enough time is given to ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Dorothy somehow ends up on roads that don't lead to Kansas and as she travels, she meets many new people, some nice and others not so nice, on her way to Oz to get sent home once again.

A silly, sort of plot-less story of a road trip and lots of new characters. Everything is delightfully strange and I love the art, which is the main reason I read these.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miss 4 adored this! She was utterly captivated by the illustrations and loved Dorothy, the Shaggy Man, and Polychrome (the Rainbow's daughter). The illustrations are marvellous and very child friendly. She is so very, very glad that there are more graphic novels in the series.

As an adult, I remember adoring The Wizard of Oz as a child but being less thrilled by some of Braum's other books. I rather suspect that the graphic novel is probably a more captivating version than the book as the plot i
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This is another great graphic novel; I really love the artwork!

More of a review for L. Frank Baum's work:
I know this is an adaptation of The Road to Oz, but man I did not know that all of these stories would be so repetitive. Dorothy somehow finds herself back in Oz, meets up with a few new friends, they make their way to the emerald city with challenges along the way, meet up with old friends, and then Dorothy gets sent back home. Don't get me
Justyn Rampa
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
So there wasn't anything monumental in this Oz book, but the author chose a word to describe this particular story and I feel it is appropriate. The word is picaresque which hear means of or relating to an episodic style of fiction dealing with the adventures of a rough and dishonest but appealing hero.

The hero is question is called the shaggy man, but mostly this story is just a re-introducing and in some cases, an introduction, of all sorts of characters Frank L. Baum has created.
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much shorter that the Oz graphic novels that preceded it. Also, it's an adaptation of an inferior Oz book. It showed that L. Frank Baum was getting tired of writing them, including adding in characters from his other books in the end of this one to get people to read them. (It didn't work.) The plot is dull, with Dorothy and her companions heading towards Ozma's birthday party. I do not blame the graphic novel for this, however, and in the preface, they do warn that it's usually considered the w ...more
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