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"Fast and simple . . . all action, right to the end." -- Library Media Connection

"Full-color, realistic illustrations, dramatic points of view and stylish layouts make these old stories visually fresh and accessible to modern audiences." -- BayViews

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Graphic Myths and Legends

The Graphic Myths and Legends series brings to life some of the most enduring tales from a variety of cultures. Action-packed and richly illustrated, the age-old stories will engage readers in new ways.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Graphic Myths & Legends
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe; Gph edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822564858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822564850
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elvin Ortiz on July 16, 2009
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In spite of its great graphics, I wasn't as impressed with this story as with the others in this collection because more space was needed for a good graphic retelling of Hercules' twelve labors. It seems that the storyteller and illustrator are giving us a brief survey of Hercules' adventures. Good examples are the King Arhthur editions or Odysseus' story. Nevertheless, it was OK. You still have the story of courage and it lends itself well to a discussion on character traits, motives, and goals, as well as mythology.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jessbcuz VINE VOICE on February 28, 2010
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I've bought this one as a gift, but we own many of these. I love this series because it introduces my son to classic myths, but in a medium he loves. As a first grader, he is still gaining his confidence as a reader, but he loves these for the great graphics. As his reading level has improved, he has been making his way through the text. His repeated reading of these books tells me he is getting a lot of pleasure out of these, And I'm happy, because it is a comic I can love too.
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Hercules: The Twelve Labors begins with a two page spread that covers how Hercules was born (son of Zeus and a mortal) and a glimpse at his uniqueness even in early childhood. It then fast-forwards to Hercules as a young man consulting the Oracle (with Hera pretending to be the Oracle). Hera encourages him to travel to see his cousin King Eurystheus. What Hercules didn't know was that his cousin was jealous of him, and Hera encouraged the king to give him impossible to tasks to test his strength and possibly kill him. These became the Twelve Labors.

I won't go into detail and list all twelve labors, but there was the Nemean lion whose hide weapons could not penetrate; a nine-headed hydra; steal the Queen of the Amazons girdle, etc. Hercules did not like doing some of these tasks, as many of them involved stealing. However, Hercules showed to be more than just someone dumb with muscles. He was also smart and cunning, and a man who cared about the well being of others. When stealing the cattle of Geryon, he shot Geryon with a poisoned arrow so that the violence of a potential fight wouldn't harm others. At the end of the book is a brief glossary and additional reading suggestions. This is a good introduction to Hercules and would be well-suited for homeschooling or a traditional classroom. I enjoyed it, but I just wish it had been longer.
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I have always been interested in Greek and Roman mythology stories and I have read quite a few of them over the years. When I saw this graphic novel version I immediately purchased it even though I have read this story (Hercules: The twelve labors, A Greek myth by Paul Storrie, Steve Gurth and Barbara Schuz) in school many years ago.

This Greek tale is about Hercules who is half God and half human. His father is Zeus, the king of the Gods, but his mother, Alcmena was mortal. Zeus’s wife, the Goddess Hera hates Hercules because Zeus had mated with a mortal. She plots with King Eurystheus to destroy Hercules by sending the warrior on dangerous missions in hopes Hercules will get killed or fail, but Hercules succeeds in all twelve labors.

The illustrations are beautiful in this graphic novel and really make the story come alive. Even if you have already read this story in another book, if you like graphic novels, you should check out this publication. I found this a fun graphic novel to read.

Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior’s poetic tribute).
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This book is part of Graphic Universe's Graphic Myths and Legends series. This one tells the story of Hercules, the super-strong son of Zeus. But the goddess Hera wants Hercules dead, and decides to send him to King Eurystheus who assigns him twelve labors (or tasks), each more difficult than the last, and each designed to end his life. But, you can't keep a good man down, and Hercules is the best of men!

This is a very good book, with an exciting storyline, and lots of great action. It does a great job of bringing the ancient myth to life. As with all of the books in the series, the illustration work is quite excellent, making the books a movie for the mind! It's a great graphic novel, and a good one for introducing young readers to Classical mythology.
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Enjoyed reading the story but doesn't go into all the detail of other works. The graphics are beautiful and make it interesting for children to read.
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By Cecelia A. Ynoa Lantigua on January 19, 2013
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The book arrived in the time frame expected and was in great condition. I love this book. Great way to introduce Myths and legends to students with special needs. My students found it easy to read and it met requirements in my English class.
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Introducing mythology through graphic novels is a wonderful reading strategy, students love this one- most are familiar with the story; great book!
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