Monday, April 21, 2014

Review ~ Zeus: King of the Gods

Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians #1)

by George O'Connor
published by First Second
genre: Mythology, Graphic Novel

Summary (Goodreads): George O'Connor is a Greek mythology buff and a classic superhero comics fan, and he's out to remind us how much our pantheon of superheroes (Superman, Batman, the X-Men, etc) owes to mankind's ORIGINAL superheroes: the Greek pantheon.

In OLYMPIANS, O'Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren't sedate, scholarly works. They're action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures, with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O'Connor's vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life, in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology.

Volume 1 of OLYMPIANS, ZEUS: King OF THE GODS, introduces readers to the ruler of the Olympian Pantheon, telling his story from his boyhood to his ascendance to supreme power.

My Thoughts: One of my favorite things to read is mythology mixed in with paranormal. These are a nice refresher on the basics of Greek mythology.
It starts with Gaea and goes through Zeus defeating his father Kronos to become the King of the new generation of Gods. It shows (briefly) his journey from the cave he grew up in to Tartarus to gain his birthright (and his brothers).
As well as having great graphics I also enjoyed the author notes and the geek/greek notes. Looking forward to reading more in this series.

Rating: 4

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