Writer/Artist: Eric Shanower
Price: $39.99 ($26.39 at Amazon)
I've never read the original Oz books, but I think I need to, if Shanower's original stories based on those books are any indications. All-ages reads, but not without a sophistication that I liked, and with a ton of imagination and fun. Adventures in Oz is essentially five graphic novels collected into a new, swanky oversized collection which really shows off Shanower's beautiful full-color artwork. Dorothy and friends get involved in adventures featuring Ice Kings, a war between trolla and wood nymphs, hidden islands, the lost Good Witch of the East, the Wicked Witch of the South and plenty more. It's like high fantasy meets kid lit, full of wild visuals and cool characters. Very highly recommended, and I wish I'd know how much I was going to like it, I would have ponied up the extra cash for the limited hardcover.