Thursday, April 28, 2011

Comic Book Extravaganza - Take Three

L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Eric Shanower & Skottie Young

Completion Date: April 12, 2011
Reason for Reading: Fun!
The premiere American fantasy adventure gets the Merry Marvel treatment! Eisner Award-winning writer/artist Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze) teams up with fan-favorite artist Skottie Young (New X-Men) to bring L. Frank Baum's beloved classic to life! When Kansas farm girl Dorothy flies away to the magical Land of Oz, she fatally flattens a Wicked Witch, liberates a living Scarecrow and is hailed by the Munchkin people as a great sorceress...but all she really wants to know is: how does she get home?
I really wanted to love this book, but it disappointed me. I think it is mainly because I just watched Tin Man, which was amazing, so this was sort of disappointing in comparison. I knew it was really just the same story with pictures, but I think I wanted more. Others would probably like this book, but it just wasn't for me.

This book works for the Once Upon a Time Challenge.

Ursula by Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba

Completion Date: April 23, 2011
Reason for Reading: Fun!
Once upon a time, there was a story. A love story. Different listeners will hear different things from the love story; for some, it might be a tale of journeys and rites of passage and battles won and foes vanquished and happily-ever-after. For other listeners, it might be a story about dreams and desires, for all is simple, beautiful and magical when you're young and in love. But once upon a time.... there was a story, and listen to me now: it was a love story.
This was a cute little story. It was simplistic, but fun. The blurb above is right, though. It is easy for people to get something different from this story. I think it depends on what you are reading it for, what you will get out of it. It also depends on how you look it. It could be a fantasy novel, but it also could just be a story about dreams.

This book counts for the Once Upon a Time challenge.

Chobits Volume 7 by Clamp

Completion Date: April 23, 2011
Reason for Reading: Carry on with the Series.
The continuing adventures of Hideki and Chi.

Can a computer ever replace a human being? Kokubunji built Yuzuki to replace his sister after her passing. While Yuzuki certainly feels like a sister to Minoru, the more time he spends with her, the more he loves her for who she is. Chi was also built as a bubstitute family member. Back then she was knwn as Elda, and she and her "sister" Freya were built to be the daughters of their creator and his wife. They behaved and looked like real children, and they even had the ability to love. But something went wrong -very wrong-. now Chi must find her "someone just for her" before an even worse disaster strikes.
Another fun volume in this manga series. I am not sure what I am going to do now because there is only one volume left and the library doesn't have it. I have read 7 books, so obviously I need to read the last book. A lot of answers are revealed in this book. It was interesting to find out how the story progressed. Some of it I sort of expected, but there were a few surprises.

Volume 7
Volume 8

This book counts for the Manga Challenge.


  1. Sorry that the Wizard of Oz one disappointed. If the cover is any indication, it looks like the art was gorgeous anyway!

  2. Tin Man was great wasn't it. We really enjoyed it (big Deschanel fans). I pretty much have a self-imposed rule against picking up graphic novelizations of a greater work, especially if said work has had several re-illustrated iterations as it is; I'm likely missing out.

    going to pick up, Ursula though. (where do I know Moon and Ba's name from?)

    ~L (omphaloskepsis)

  3. *Debi: The art was fantastic!

    *leslie: The writer/artist have done other collections. This was just the only one my library had.


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