Monday, March 15, 2010

Zeus : King of the Gods

Zeus : King of the Gods
by George O'Connor

Think you know all about Greek mythology?  Think you've seen all there is to see?

Well you ain't seen nothin' yet!

In this graphic novel version of the story of Zeus, readers get a taste of the Greek origin myth all the way through until Zeus takes over the kingdom of the Gods and sets up on Mount Olympus.

Here, readers can actually see what Greeks may have imagined when they came up with the idea of the three Hekatonchieres, which have 50 heads and 100 hands.  Words cannot adequately describe their appearance, but O'Connor makes them real.

The graphic novel is also accurate when describing the basics of the myths.  There are a few quotes and additions, but it all adds to the story.  

Like Greek mythology, but have problems with Bulfinch and Edith Hamilton?  Like graphic novels, but want something a little more epic?  This is the book for you.

It is also the first in a series of graphic novels on Greek mythology.  Athena comes out April 2010.

Final thoughts:  Amazing imagery and great story.  Doesn't go on forever and really gets you involved.

Rating:  5/5

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