Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Spring Reads: The Evil of OZ

The Evil of Oz
by Ryan Fuller
Illustrator: Sanjana Baijnath
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pub. Date: April 7, 2015
ISBN: 978-1493517046
Pages: 108
Buy Link: Amazon


Since The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was first published in 1900, people of all ages have been fascinated with the Oz world. Though L. Frank Baum only published 14 Oz titles before his death, there have been several other authors that continued to write more installments over the years. Recently, the Oz has been published as comic books and graphic novels.

A few weeks ago, I was sent a copy of the graphic novel The Evil of Oz, which is written by Ryan Fuller with illustrations by Sanjana Baijnath. No, this isn't another sequel written for kids, but instead it's a dark and twisted sequel written for adults.

The Evil of Oz finds young Dorothy Gale coming home to find her uncle and aunt murdered. The police thinks they were killed by a random intruder, but Dorothy knows otherwise. If she hadn't worn the silver slippers when she went out, the murderer could have taken the shoes. She grabs the bloody ax that killed her family and she returns to Oz on a quest for revenge!

Oz isn't the wonderful place that she remembered. As soon as she arrives she encounters zombie munchkins, a heart ripper Tin Man and a bloody thirsty Beast King. Not even Oz himself can prepare Dorothy for the horrors that awaits her.

Lets start with the pros; the artwork throughout the novel is superb, giving the tale a Gothic horror feeling to it. Plus, there's plenty of blood flying around to satisfy most horror films. The only con I have for novel is that there are way too many plot-holes. For example - What the heck caused all the evil in Oz?

Overall, The Evil of Oz is an intriguing gory take on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It's definitely not for kids; but I do recommend it to other adult horror readers.

To learn more about the graphic novel, please visit: EVILOFOZ.com

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

1 comment:

  1. This book looks so cool! There have been a lot of "Oz" reworkings lately. I don't know if it's a fad but this one (The Evil of Oz) looks like the best one yet. Have you read Dorothy Must Die yet? It's on my to-read list. Wicked popular.


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