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How could it have taken five years to see a graphic-novel adaptation of such a successful property as the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and one that, with its heroic destinies and epic action, seems tailor-made to the format? Riordan’s original, like Harry Potter as if reimagined by Neil Gaiman, hits all the straightforward archetypes, with young Percy Jackson clued into the secret that he’s actually the son of Greek god Poseidon, then educated at Camp Half-Blood with the other illegitimate demigods before embarking on a hero’s journey to stop a war of the Olympians. But Riordan also injected a sense of thorny reality with twists like Percy’s good-for-nothing stepfather and the entrance to Hades residing in a soulless Los Angeles. Where the slick and flashy movie version failed, Venditti’s sharp-edged writing and Futaki’s gritty and unprecious art capture the same sense of grunge amid the wonder. A timely release that can be recommended with George O’Connor’s recent Olympians graphic novels, proving that while five years may seem too long, at least the wait was worth it. Grades 6-9. --Jesse Karp

About the Author

Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid as well as all the books in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Titan's Curse; The Battle of the Labyrinth; and The Last Olympian. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

Robert Venditti (www.robertvenditti.com) is the creator and author of The Surrogates and its prequel, The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone. In addition to creating comics, he works at Top Shelf Productions. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


Attila Futaki (pencils and inks) has illustrated Sprial (Editions Carabas, June 2008) and the forthcoming The Strange Folks (2010), as well as a number of book covers and interiors. He studied at the International School of Comics in Florence. He lives in Budapest, Hungary.

Jose Villarrubia (coloring) is an Eisner Award-nominated colorist who has worked for every major comic book publisher. Coloring work includes Young X-Men, Crossing Midnight, and Halo Uprising. Additionally, he is an art professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423116968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423116967
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By D. Williams on October 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am already a huge fan of the Percy Jackson series and many of my students love the books as well. I picked up the graphic version to appeal to some of my more reluctant readers.

Most of the major story elements are included; Percy learns he is a demigod and that his best friend is a satyr after being attacked by Mrs. Dodds, meets other demigods at Camp Half-Blood, and sets out on a quest to return a very important stolen item. However, the final product seems a bit rushed and there are some strange gaps that make the story hard to follow. My favorite part of the novel, the encounter with Medusa, is completely left out.

I might recommend this book for Percy's fans, as there are some nicely done graphics, but those new to the story would be much better off sticking to the original, no pictures version. 2.5 stars would reflect my opinion more accurately.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
The "Lightning Thief" is a book about a boy named Percy who has trouble in school. Percy has a mean, vile step-dad who does not treat him or his mother well. After the school year ends, Percy and his mother want to get away from it all and go on a vacation to Long Island. They leave for the beach and the vacation goes fine until one stormy night when Percy's best friend, Grover, shows up at his cabin without human legs! Grover has goat hooves! Percy believes that it is all a dream and Grover tells Percy's mother that a monster is coming and Percy has to go to "camp". They drive away in the storm and eventually Percy and Grover make it to Camp Half-Blood even though Percy's mother is captured. Percy then gets knocked out and goes into a coma for three days. When he wakes up he learns that he is a demigod! And not just any demigod, but the son of Poseidon, who is one of the "big three gods". Percy is shown around camp by the daughter of Athena, Annabeth. Annabeth tells him of a war between his father and the king of the gods, Zeus. Zeus believes that Percy stole his master bolt. To clear both his and his father's names, he decides to go on an adventure-filled, dangerous quest with Annabeth and Grover. The rest you will have to find out when you read the book!

My favorite part in the book was the part where Percy gets attacked by the Echidna at the top of the St. Louis Arch. Percy gets caught up at the top of the Arch with the mother of all of the world's monsters (literally). They battle and even blow a hole in the top of the building! Percy knows he will lose the battle so he jumps out of the hole! He falls hundreds of feet to the river and just when he thinks he is going to die, he lightly lands in the water and sinks to the bottom.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janette Fuller on August 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Percy Jackson is a 12 year-old boy who has been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. He has always had a hard time in school. His mother has had to transfer him to many different schools because he always gets in trouble. His latest school, Yancy Academy, is on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art when suddenly his teacher turns into a monster and attacks Percy. He is unsure if anyone else sees this happen. He discovers that his teacher is one of the furies and is trying to kill him. His mother grows concerned and takes him away for the weekend. His best friend, Grover who turns out to be a Satyr that has been watching over him, appears and tells him he's in danger. Percy's mother takes them both to Camp Half-Blood, a camp for demigods. Demigods are the children of Gods/Goddesses and mortals. This is the only place he will be safe. Before they get to the camp a Minotaur begins chasing them. His mother is not able to cross the gates into the camp, so the Minotaur grabs her and she disintegrates into gold dust. Percy is devastated and unsure whether he will ever see her again.

Percy does not know which god his father is so he is placed in the cabin of Hermes until his father reveals his symbol to Percy. During a training game, Poseidon reveals his symbol to Percy. He is the only child of Poseidon's at the camp. There is fighting in Olympus over a stolen lightning bolt that belongs to Zeus. Zeus believes that Poseidon has stolen the bolt through Percy. Percy sets off on an adventure with Grover and Annabeth to find the bolt, which his mentor Chiron believes is in the Underworld. The three of them encounter many things. They fight Medusa, the Furies, and Ares while making their way to Hades. But will they get there in time?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By filmfan1068 on November 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series is by far one of the most enjoyable book series I have ever read. I don't even want to label it children's fiction or YA (as the books get progressively darker though not as much as Harry Potter). The use of mythology in a modern/contemporary setting reveals Riordan's mastery of humor, sharp wit, and commentary on history, evolution, and society. I will admit unabashedly that it actually tops Harry Potter in that the books are more streamlined, the plot clearer, the jokes funnier, the hero isn't burdened with so much self-doubt, darkness and funk. Percy carries his heroism, his gift and ultimately his burden with a lightness of spirit not evident in Harry Potter. Perhaps it's better that way so readers can differentiate between both boy heroes. The story hurtles along at a breakneck pace but Riordan is such a good writer that he manages to slow things down at just the right time with bits of wisdom about our past and present.

Highly recommended for all ages. I'm in my third decade of life and I enjoyed this series immensely. While the new Heroes of Olympus series also feat. Percy is just as enthralling, there is something special about meeting Percy for the first time in the Lightning Thief and the graphic novel version really brings him to life.
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