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Gr 8-10 -The Wizard of Oz has been reinvented as a science-fiction manga: the Cowardly Lion is a mutant lab escapee, the Tin Woodman is a cyborg, and the Scarecrow is a human clone. Dorothy is Mara Shin, a ninth grader who leaves her conventional teenage life to follow a yellow brick road that only she can see. Oz is a frightening place, full of corrupt wizards and renegade armies. A Korean manwha, this should appeal to fans of Japanese manga. The paneling is more conventionally horizontal than in most Japanese comics. However, the intricate drawings, especially the dramatically angled fight scenes, are just as effective in conveying the storya's drama. Though this sci-fi update is edgy and original, its intricate plot is confusing, which may frustrate and bore some readers. Not an essential purchase.-Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Posted November 19, 2008
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