I finally bought this comic after picking it up to admire the illustrations on numerous occasions, I knew nothing about it and decided that even if the story turned out to be nothing special at least it'd be something pretty to look at!
It turns out that not only is the story, adapted from L. Frank Baum's original novel by Eric Shanower, far more enchanting than the film (with Judy Garland) that I am most familiar with, but the art really really brings it to life!
Skottie Young invokes this fantastic energy to his characters and fantastical environments, that can make the straw stuffed Scarecrow look full of life and the Tin Woodman have as much heart and anyone!
The palettes that colourist; Jean-Francois Beaulieu chooses for the Emerald City, the Wicked Witch of the West's domain, the Good Witch of the South's kingdom and of course Dorothy's Kansas (amongst many other poppy fields and forests) are not only brilliantly vibrant but have a fantastic watercolour feel and texture, which as you may have noticed feature in some of my work too!
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Written by L. Frank Baum, adapted by Eric Shanower
Illustrations by Skottie Young. Colours by Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Published by Marvel