Marvel has announced that Dorothy returns to OZ in September, as Eric Shanower and Skottie Young return to the OZ universe.
“I really look forward to following Dorothy, the Wizard, and their newest friends on their underground adventures in Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz,” said Shanower in a prepared statement. “I can’t wait to see what Skottie comes up with when he shows us the bizarre vegetable people, the soundless wooden gargoyles, and how he’ll deal with the valley of invisibility.”
Set off by the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake Dorothy, joined by her cat Eureka, are transported back to the imaginative new world of Oz where anything is possible! But when Dorothy and her friends find themselves trapped in a realm made of glass, The Wizard of Oz must come to their rescue.
The eight part series will have several variant covers, with the first issue featuring a $3.99 cover price.
But what’s it called? Return to Oz?
Ah. “Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz.” Got it. Can’t wait til they hit Rinkitink in Oz.
I think it speaks volumes about Marvel’s offerings that the Oz books are the only Marvel books I am currently buying. To be honest, I gave up on the X-man back when they diluted the concept by coming up with X-Factor, X-Force, Alfa-Flight, The New Mutants, The Slightly Less Newer Mutants, ad nauseum. I gave up on Spider-Man when they did the whole “Peter Parker is a Clone and nothing that happened in the last five or six years was the clone and not the real Peter” thing. And I gave up on the Marvel universe as a whole after the stupid “Secret Wars” debacle. Nothing I’ve seen on the shelves since then has enticed me back with the exception of the issue where Steve Rogers was assasinated. But I figured he’d get better, just like Dead Superman did, and sure enough, I was right.
Then I picked up the first Oz hardcover. Reluctantly. I had never appreciated the original Oz stories that Eric Shanower had done back in the 80s, but the combination of Frank L. Baums original text and Scottie Young’s wonderfully whacky art was a winner! The only problems I had with the series was that the visualization of the characters weren’t what I had expected – but I quickly got over it – and the unfortunate fact that Scottie can’t keep track of whether Dorothy is wearing her bonnet from one frame to the next.