Ken Tucker
October 23, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Three literary comics

Masterpiece Comics, R. Sikoryak
Literary works astutely altered, with comic heroes as protagonists: Batman as Crime and Punishment‘s Raskolnikov, etc. A

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
Artist Skottie Young bravely reinterprets the Oz stories with slashing strokes to suit Eric Shanower’s deft adaptation. B+

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Nancy Butler brings subtle changes to Austen’s dialogue without removing her wit, while artist Hugo Petrus avoids what could have been romance-novel clichés. B

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