In Book Reviews on January 8, 2014 at 6:00 am
Marvel Worldwide Inc 2008
This book was one of my Christmas presents given to me by my wonderful hubby. I had seen it knocking around the comic book shop for quite some time but never got around to buying it.
Now I own it and it’s everything I hoped and dreamed it would be. I was drawn to it because of the gorgeous art style. It is sumptuous! It took me quite a few days to read it because each panel is a visual feast and, frankly, I didn’t want to finish it. It’s too beautiful to ever end!
I’ve actually never read the novel by L. Frank Baum and haven’t been in a terrible hurry to do so. Until now. I really want to pick it up as soon as possible.
There is an author’s note in the beginning about how this project came to exist and it turns out that Mr. Shanower is a hardcore Wizard of Oz fanboy from his early days. He based his adaptation on the novel which seems to be quite different to the film that we’ve all grown up with. Of course, it makes sense that he would do this but my only exposure to this story was the film and I had no idea that they were so different.
There are no ruby slippers (I suppose that red looks better in technicolor) and the flying monkeys are bound by a spell to an enchanted cap.
I loved everything about this book. It’ll definitely be one that I re-read several times and I’m also going to keep my eye out for some prints to hang on my walls. I’m looking forward to picking up the next installment.
In Book Reviews on July 14, 2013 at 6:00 am
Seventh Printing 2008
It would seem that I’m going through a zombie phase at the moment. I actually started reading this graphic novel after having seen Seasons 1 and 2 of the The Walking Dead on tv. This worried me as I’m always a fan of reading the book before watching the tv/film. In this case, it really doesn’t matter as so far they are quite different from each other. Of course, I’ve only read the first one so I have no idea of what’s going to happen in the subsequent issues. I have noticed that my library has them lined up in numerical order as if they’re just waiting for me.
I’m not entirely sure what’s prompted my zombie obsession these days. I’ve actually read a lot of dystopia in the past year or so and am fascinated by the choices people have to make when the world goes to hell. At first I found the tv show to be sappy and overly sentimental whereas the graphic novel doesn’t dwell on the feelings as much (so far). It is inevitable that I think about the show as I’m reading the graphic novel and now that I’m further along in the series I can appreciate the personal and emotional drama much better. I’m getting really attached to the characters and am terrified for them every time they get into a confrontation.
One of the difficulties that I have with reading graphic novels is that I read super fast. I wouldn’t quite call it skimming, but it’s pretty close. When I first started reading them, I missed so much because the stories really do rely on the pictures (duh, right?) and I would flip through a book and have a only vague idea of what was going on. I love graphic novels and manga, though, so I’ve had to teach myself to slow down when reading them over the years. It’s really difficult to change one’s reading style. Pictures = slow the heck down, Buffy. It’s worth it though. I would have missed out on a lot of good stories otherwise.
I really enjoyed the first issue of this series and will probably pick up more than one on my next visit. I might also share my thoughts on several at a time so that I have more to say.