Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3322:
I met the writer of this comic book at the recent 2010 Long Beach Comic, (LBCC). His comic book, OZopolis #1 was one of many comic book that I received there for possible review in this blog.
In this case, I went by the cover and decided to place it in the middle of my 'To Read / Possibly to Review Blog' stack.
I had interest in the topic, Wizard of Oz, because I am a fan of the film and the 1st book. Plus I read most of the other books in this OZ series when I was much younger. "Oz Series?", you say? Yes, OZ series!
L Frank Baum wrote 14 total in the series, starting with the one everyone knows about in 1900. After his death in 1919, Ruth Plumly Thompson went on to write 19 more in the series. Then other writers took over and a total of 40 are considered the canon of Oz, and titled as a group 'The Famous Forty'. Other books have been written since, but the original forty are the foundation of the OZ Universe.
So I just finished reading this comic book last night... And I knew I had to blog about it here this morning!
Why? Because when I turned the cover of the comic book and started reading the story, I was 'transported' back to my childhood when I read those sequels to the first book!
Here's my 'Take' (review):
Front Cover: The fact that Dorothy was pictured as a blonde on the cover, (which she was in the OZ books), made me realize that this would probably be true to the original series of books. However, it didn't make me place this comic book as one of the ones I had to read right away. And I get a LOT of comics at comic cons and others mailed to me for possible review here...
Inside Front Cover: Was laid out nicely, and gave credit to the L. Frank Baum, the originator of the OZ series. Nice layout.
Splash Page: the left third of this page was an illustration, and gave a hint of the majesty of OZ. The other two-thirds was text, which brought me up to date on the storyline, even though this was issue #1 of this new series. Good touch!
Interior Pages: The artwork immediately 'transported' me to my childhood when I read many of the 'Famous Forty' of this series! The black and white interior pages were in sharp contrast to the color front cover. But were 'better' illustrations in my opinion! The storyline and dialogue by Kirk Kushin kept my interest going as well as bringing to life characters I hadn't read about in decades. Gonzalo Martinez did a 'Fantastic' job in illustrating the pages! Extremely well done! Laura Abella's Logo Design for OZopolis was perfect for this introductory issue of the comic book series.
The Final Page was a note from the writer, Kirk. With an invitation to visit OZopolis.com for more info on the series. Good way to continue the interest!
The Inside Back Cover was a pin-up lovingly dedicated to Ruth S. Smith.
The Back Cover was the Ka-Blam ad, as they are the printers of this comic book. Which BTW, was the 1st time I had seen a comic book from them with printer defects. I'm not taking that away from the publication itself, but it was unusual to say the least.
My overall thoughts on this comic book is that I would definitely recommend it for all ages! The interior pages of this comic book surpassed what I originally thought this comic book would be.
To 'transport' me to fond rememberances of a book series that I had read as a child, remaining 'true' to the original vision of L. Frank Baum takes some 'doing'! I look forward to more issues in this series from the publishers!
Review Rating: 9.4 NEAR MINT (NM) out of a possible 10.0 Comic Book Grading scale.
Here is the Facebook Group Page for OZopolis, which I suggest YOU 'join' also to keep up with what this publisher is presenting next.
My thanks to Kirk Kushin for bringing this series to my attention at the 2010 Long Beach Comic Con!
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