Saturday, July 19, 2014

Review - Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Tales From Oz

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Tales From Oz
by Meredith Finch and Joe Brusha
Publisher: Zenescope
Pub. Date: April 29, 2014
ISBN: 978-1939683564
Pages: 160
Buy Link: Amazon


I guess you can say that I'm playing catch up today with a few NetGalley titles that have been read months ago, but I'm just now taking the time to actually write the reviews.

I'm sure almost everyone has heard of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz books by L. Frank Baum or has seen the 1938 musical-film version. The land of Oz is once again becoming popular with last year's Disney film, Oz the Great and Powerful and this year's animated film Legend of Oz: Dorthy's Return. The Wicked Witch even appeared on the popular ABC series Once Upon A Time this year. Two more television series are in the works, NBC's Emerald City and Lifetime's Red Brick Road. Now, the Grim Fairy Tale is putting their own twist on the legend.

Tales From Oz is a prequel set in the Grimm universe, which consists of four Realms (Wonderland, Neverland, Myst, and Oz). Similar to the Wonderland issues, the Grimm version of Oz is written and illustrated for adult readers. Here the stories are centered on Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, The Scarecrow, and Toto, giving a origin tale for each character. 

For me, the stories featured in the Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Tales From Oz are a mixed-bag, from boring to the bizarre. The Cowardly Lion story was the best written, though all the stories have excellent artwork. Overall, the plots of Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Tales From Oz may be a bit bland at times, but thanks to the great illustrations, it is not a total loss.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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