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Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz

(Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Oz #1)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  47 reviews
The world faces a gathering storm that threatens to drown it in darkness. The only hope to stop the coming evil rests on an unlikely hero: a Kansas farm girl named Dorothy Gale.

Unbeknownst to Dorothy, highborn blood flows through her veins and with it, the power to save Earth and the realms of power that surround it. But Dorothy must first learn to use her unharnessed abi
Hardcover, 156 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Zenescope Entertainment (first published February 11th 2014)
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Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz is yet another re-imagining of a classic fairy tale from the people who have brought us Wonderland and the fairy tale superheroes of The Realm Knights. Since I really enjoyed those two series, I decided to snatch this one up and keep my fingers crossed that Joe Brusha could make some magic in Oz. And while he does his best to take the classic Wizard of Oz story, setting, and characters, stuff them all in a blender and pour out some
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
A friend of mine reviewed this on BookLikes, which is what originally brought this to my attention. I love the cover, even though Dorothy is dressed like Daisy Duke. Even though the friend wasn't absolutely in love with this book, I had to search it out and give it a try. I mean, I am obsessed with anything Oz, so how could I pass this up?

There's been a lot of re-tellings of famous fairy tales, including Oz and it's inhabitants, and I liked this one. It was different. I liked the way that the ch
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
Provided through NetGalley for an honest review


This beautifully illustrated. Though the story story was a little simple and quick, it still worked. I like how I though the villainous traitor was one person and it turned out to be the one I never expected. I like how Oz was a real used by evil to get to Earth aka Nexus and that Dorothy's hope and goodness was the thing that guided her most and was able to overcome evil.

The one thing the story didn't explain is who Dorothy rea
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
An adult re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz, a skimpily-dressed adult Dorothy finds herself embroiled in the battle of a foreign land where it is revealed she is the only one who can stop the Wicked Witch of the West from destroying Oz.

As far as re-imaginings go, this one was a little ‘out there.’ I loved the new backstories for the three main companions Cowardly Lion (now called Thorne), the Tin Woodsman and the Scarecrow. Glinda was boosted from guest appearance to main supporting cast, which I
Quick review for a quick read. I should be used to this kind of thing - the Zenescope Grimm's Fairy Tales series usually takes fairy tales or well known stories and turn them on their heads, usually with dark inclinations, violent uprisings, very busty female leading characters and odd scenarios. "Oz" was no different. An adult Dorothy ends up adopting "Toto," a pet wolf who's really a gentle giant. The Wicked Witch comes strolling to Dorothy's doorstep to get her wolf back, but Dorothy won't gi ...more
Definitely not a fan of this one. I gather it's part of a wider 'verse of stories, which might have helped my opinion of it, but I wasn't enchanted by the rewrite of Oz (though I'm not a big fan of Oz to begin with either, so maybe my reaction is somewhat to be expected).

I'm not a great fan of the art: the faces never seem to stay quite the same, and while scantily clad women are a common problem in comics, that doesn't make it any less wearing. I mean, what the hell is Dorothy supposed to be w
Athena Shardbearer
I received a ARC copy from NetGalley, from the publisher Zenescope.

This was a quick read. I didn't really enjoy the story, but I did like the artwork.

Amanda G. (Nellie and Co.
After previously reading another collection from the Grimm Fairy Tales, The Realm Knights, I knew I'd be interested in reading more, and when I saw this on NetGalley, I snapped it up and read it immediately. Sadly, unlike The Realm Knights, my enjoyment level with Oz was much lower, much much lower; whether this has anything to do with the fact I don't particularly like the story of Wizard of Oz or whether this just wasn't up to the same quality as Patrick Shand's work, we may never know.

I have
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Reviewed firtst at Brunner's Bookshelf

I have really enjoyed the Grimm Fairy Tales comics that I have read. Sleepy Hollow was my favorite and I have not found one of these to top that yet. Whenever I browse through Netgalley I always get excited to see a new one of these pop up. I like The Wizard of Oz, but I am not in love with the movie or story like a lot of people I know. Still, I was curious to see what Zenescope's take would be on this classic tale.

I was impressed with how well the story g
Retelling timeless fairy tales with an harder edge and some darker themes is nothing new -- either on the printed pages or other popular media outlets.

What attracts me to a retelling is is those crafting the reboot have a new take on the material or offer a different way of thinking about a familiar story or tale. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

Unfortunately, Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz is one of the cases where it didn't work for me.

A modern, darker re-telling of the popular story of The W
Paul Decker
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
*I received this book as an eARC from Diamond Book Distributors/Zenescope Entertainment on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I always like adaptations or reimaginings of The Wizard of Oz. They vary so much. Some make the story happy and light. Others, like this comic, make the story a lot more adult. As you can tell from the cover, the breasts of all the female characters are all out front. The women's appearances are all very sexualized. The violence is also quite graphic. If you are n
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

In short, this has to be the strangest retelling of Oz I've ever seen or read. The storyline was okay for what it was, but there were several leaps of logic that didn't make any sense, which made the story that much harder to follow. The artwork was okay, but the cover should give you some idea of what to expect: Dorothy and the witches are all drawn as sexpots, Toto is a huge wolf, the cowardly lion is a warrior, and the flying mon
Miss December
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been meaning to read this one for a while, and it's pretty decent. I love how they put full page alternate covers in the back along with a map. The story is okay, and pretty solid compared to some of the stuff I've been reading lately. Nothing to complain about here- worth the read, and very good art.

Make sure you check out BDI's Legends of Oz: The Wicked West by Tom Hutchison though if you want another graphic novel about an Oz origin backstory. That one will blow your mind- that one is a
Tracy Poff
Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: egalleys, comics
This review also appears (with more sample images) on my blog.

The evil daughters of Zamora, intent on conquering the world, seek the Viridian Scepter, a powerful magical artifact which was used to destroy their mother. It has been broken into three pieces, and its handle stolen, taken by a ghost wolf to another world, the nexus. There, it is found by a girl who can, mysteriously, wield it, although it should be possible only for the most powerful of Highborns.

Does this story sound familiar to yo
Richard Gombert
Jun 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2017, oz
Story is weak and the artwork is totally inappropriate.
MorteTorment(Unofficial World's Fastest Reader)
One of the best adaptations I've ever read! ...more
Pop Bop
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Entertaining, But Not Classic Grimm Universe

I'll confess up front that I'm a big fan of the Grimm Universe, especially of all of the Wonderland volumes. I very much liked this "Oz" treatment, but it didn't necessarily feel like it fit in comfortably with the rest of the Grimm books. On one hand the drawing seemed less glossily professional and compelling than what one finds in most other Grimm books. (Proportions were sometimes off from panel to panel, physical features drifted around, character
Janus the Erudite Artist
Have I ever mentioned how much I love retellings? If you’ve read some of my blog entries about other books I’ve read, I may have mentioned it a few times... okay maybe more than a few. And you may be already annoyed. Sorry. Let’s move on...

While I may not be much of an Oz fan, I didn’t pass up the chance to read Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz. I’ve read a few Grimm Fairy Tales since this one, and I really liked most of them. So it is with deep regret that I felt differently for Oz. I still love the art a
Ashley Ferguson
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
*I received this book as an eARC from Diamond Book Distributors/Zenescope Entertainment on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I love reimaginings and retellings, especially ones that have to do with Oz. There's just so much there that can be taken and rewoven and redone into something new and exciting. So, I was really excited when I saw this comic! I've seen these Grimm Fairy Tale comics before, but have never really been interested in reading them. But this one definitely caught my att
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed, first-reads
***Received in a GoodReads First Reads Giveaway***

A re-imagining of the story of Oz. Most of the same characters were present but just slightly different: more warrior, more badass, more violent. Dorothy is swept away to the land of Oz due to the magic of the wicked witch. The story more or less gets Dorothy to Emerald City by way of the wicked witch's castle, but her three companions are increased to also include some Boggers (munchkins) and Glinda. There is also a two pronged attack where the
Adela Cacovean
I picked this up for a number of reasons. First of all, I missed reading graphic novels. It somehow manages to relax me a lot more than regular reading, and sometimes this is just the kind of "escape" I need. Secondly, I just *love* fairy tale adaptations.
Supposedly, this should have been the perfect read. And it has been very enjoyable, only it wasn't anything memorable.
The artwork was more than okay, with the exception of characters' facial expressions here and there. Also, the female charact
Nicola Mansfield
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Zenescope's Grimm and related Universe tie-in's. I really like what they did with this retelling of the OZ story. This book covers the main theme of OZ as most people know it through the 1930s movie. Much has been changed that the plot hardly resembles the original and yet many key characters, events and scenes are included to pay homage to the original. My favourite character portrayed is the warrior Thorne, who is the last of his lion race. How he relates to the original "cowa ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
This one just didn't work for me. The cover art is beautiful but unfortunately that doesn't carry into the story. Dorthy and the witches look like drag queens with horse teeth. The colors were bright and vibrant but the illustrations left little to be desired in some parts of the story.

The story itself was interesting. The author took Oz as we know it and turned it into this dark world that's in a bloody war. However, the story jumped all over the place. It would be carrying on just fine one mi
Feb 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-graphic
After reading Tales of Oz, I was excited and looking forward to diving into Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz. While the illustrations were amazing I found them to be borderline pornographic, and a little distracting at times. This reimaging is filled with a lot of gore, which I didn’t mind but I feel like this was more of Kill Bill meets The Wizard of Oz. I liked how each chapter was broken down, and how the plot was played out. But I would have enjoyed it more if instead of just showing the world building ...more
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Right off the bat it was difficult for me to give this comic a chance because of the art. The women in the comic were drawn in an extremely objectifying and sexualized way, which is especially disappointing since fairytale retellings are a good place for the comics industry to start drawing in female readers. As for the story, I didn't feel like there was much character development, so I didn't really care about the characters. I also found it difficult not to compare the story to Syfy's "Tin Ma ...more
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic
I was not impressed by this. There were some good ideas and the lion, scarecrow, and tin man all looked amazing, BUT the entire story was one of those "we need to collect the pieces of this ancient relic so that we may defeat evil"- characters were not well developed and it was hard to take any of the female characters seriously as every single one of them dressed like they were a lingerie model. I have no problem with sexy characters but this was gratuitous. Also, I thought the artwork often di ...more
Ahmed Al-Sheikh
Feb 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I love "The Wizard of Oz," and I really love retellings of it. So, I was curious about this one.
As befitting a comic from Zenoscope, the art is a massive amount of fanservice, both sexually and in terms of insane action. I really dig the redesigns, even if all the female characters have been stripper-style reimagined looks.
Story-wise, I enjoy the action, but felt it didn't do as much as it could with the Oz characters. Again, my humble opinion.
It's no masterpiece, but it is well-made. You cou
Laura Baker
Mar 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, first-reads
I was intrigued by the retelling of Oz concept. There was a lot of creativity there - I loved the twist on the cowardly lion, the munchkins/boggers, and the tin man without a heart. There's definitely some worthwhile concepts in this story. However, I was disappointed by the lack of real characterization of Dorothy, and a majority of the artwork - Why do all the women have to be practically naked? Their blatant (and completely unnecessary) over-sexualization was very distracting, and took away f ...more
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
The title throws me. Grimm's Fairy Tales and Oz? The cover is a big turn off as well. I'm not a fan of the comic-style women with hardly any clothes on and in ridiculously promiscuous poses. It's just not my cup of tea but it didn't keep me from enjoying the story.
I did like how the author/illustrator took a classic and gave the story, setting, and characters a whole new twist. It was more than just reading a 'Wizard of Oz' retelling. Joe Brusha took the characters from the original story and m
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a different take on the Oz story. You still have Dorothy Gale being blown into Oz via a tornado, but Toto is not a cute little dog. There are variations on the Munchkins, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow,, the Tin Man and Gilda. This is much more action oriented than Baum's tale and meshes well with the other Grimm Fairy Tales series. I have a feeling that Dorthy Gale will reappear in other books. An enjoyable tale. ...more
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