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All-Action Classics No. 3: The Odyssey Paperback – May 4, 2010

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Grade 6 Up It is nearly impossible to condense such an enormous story into 123 pages, but Mucci manages to hit all of the action-packed highlights. These include many of the adventures that Odysseus had on his long voyage back home from the Trojan War, such as his dangerous encounters with Circe, Calypso, the lotus-eaters, the Cyclops, and the sirens, as well as his detour into Hades. The colorful artwork skillfully captures the dynamic action, and artistic touches like making the gods translucent in the world of men are especially eye-catching. With its fast pace and cartoony yet cinematic artwork, this adaptation will entice reluctant readers. In a bit of savvy marketing, the last page directs readers to the Action Cartooning website to learn more about the story of Odysseus and to see additional artwork, which should generate interest in the other books in the series. Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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*Starred Review* It is not a stretch to consider Odysseus history's first action hero, with the derring-do spirit of comics and summer blockbusters founded on his exploits. But the similarity ends just beneath the surface. Odysseus' quest is simply to get home and put his house in order. The enemies he battles are merely impediments to that homecoming and the greatest virtue of his day: fealty to the gods. While his might and wit are on display against the cyclops, his trials were mainly resistance against the temptations of Circe and Calypso. Crucially, Odysseus was a husband and father, fuelled by his sense of responsibility. This All-Action Classics adaptation (following bang-up versions of Tom Sawyer and Dracula, both 2008) brings these themes out unobtrusively but brilliantly in a crackling adventure that also penetrates the recesses of the human heart, in contrast to Marvel's recent adaptation, which created a fun and precise but more sensationalist version that pushed the story's elements of sexuality. Here, Caldwell's art has the force and vibrant life of a Samurai Jack cartoon, and especially comes alive in the weird purple light of the Underworld and in the nightmarish sea creature Scylla. The best yet of the Homer graphic-novel adaptations, which are coming fast and furious in this format. Grades 5-8. --Jesse Karp

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Series: All-Action Classics (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Reprint edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402731558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402731556
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tim Mucci is an author and comics scriptwriter who has contributed to Dark Horse Comics' Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 3 with "One Battle". He has also scripted graphic adaptations for Sterling Publishing's All-Action Classics; including "Tom Sawyer," and "The Odyssey."

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on May 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Reason for Reading: This was a Cybils '10 nominee and I hadn't read it by the time judging was due as it was not a contender by that time and I'm just now getting to it.

I really don't have a lot to say about this adaptation of Homer's Odyssey. I did not enjoy it, and in fact found it confusing and rather boring. Let me preface that statement by saying I am a great fan of Greek mythology and have read *many* retellings of The Odyssey and will continue to do so as I love the story. However, this adaptation jumped around from scene to scene, flashback to present, with no segues between leaving out a lot of the *why* we are suddenly in a certain situation. Knowing the story well, I knew what was missing but I can't imagine this being someone's first exposure to Homer's Odyssey. The art also was certainly not appealing to me. I found it very busy with a lot of stuff going on in each individual panel that took away from the basic action it was meant to depict and I'm just not a fan of the square-jawed angular type of art. Of course this is just aesthetic and will vary with ones personal tastes in art. Overall, not recommended.
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This cartoon adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey is quite good. The author did a great job of capturing the story, and presenting it in an interesting and highly-readable manner. If you want to get acquainted with the Odyssey through a graphic novel, then this is a good choice.

I did, though, find the illustration work to be a bit of a mixed bag. For the most part, the look is very “cartoony” with people with very strange shapes indeed. Also, I did not like the artist’s take on Athena “the Breaker of Armies,” she looked like a twelve year old girl, rather than a goddess!

But, that said, overall I did find this to be a quite good take on the Odyssey, and recommend it to all younger readers.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By yuri on August 27, 2010
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ben caldwell does amazing work
i only hope they will print this in a larger scale in the near future
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Spitsen on June 1, 2014
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My seven year old son has devoured this book multiple times and has a hard time putting it down. Honestly I am not clear if it the artwork or the story itself that is more compelling for him, but he likes it and it's based on a classic so how can I not be happy? He says he loves everything about the book. There you go.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DEBBIE on February 27, 2015
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