Thursday, May 1, 2014

Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz by Joe Brusha - Paul's Review

*I received this book as an eARC from Diamond Book Distributors/Zenescope Entertainment on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz

Author: Joe Brusha
Date of Publication: March 18, 2014

Ashley's Review

Synopsis: 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 abilities before the witches of Oz destroy her and everyone else that stands in their way.

Zenescope Entertainment presents another incredible tale of adventure and fantasy with this mesmerizing and epic re-imagining of a classic!


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 not looking for a mature graphic novel, you should probably stay away from this comic. 

Aside from the visual, I liked how each of the main characters had new histories. The story follows the general outline of The Wizard of Oz, but more politics and history is added. Although I found this extended world building and character development interesting, a lot of it was told instead of shown. 

Overall, this graphic novel is a fun and sexy retelling of The Wizard of Oz. There isn't anything revolutionary to this novel, but it's a fun, casual read. I rate it a 3/5.


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