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Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians) Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 5, 2010
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"In the time before time, there was nothing, Kaos. From out of Kaos came Ge, or Gaea, our Mother Earth.Read more ›
Plus, the Greek Pantheon has been the inspiration for more than a few superheroes, some more obviously than others. Artist and writer George O'Connor, however, has gone back (way back) to the original source material for his Olympians series. Like all myths, the story has changed substantially in some places throughout the centuries. But O'Connor's painstaking research delves into the more authentic original versions. He begins his series, naturally, with Zeus, king of the gods and the one charged with bringing about the downfall of his own father. The hardest tasks always fall to the youngest chidren, don't they?
Zeus is the only one of his siblings not swallowed whole by his father, Cronus. Instead, he is hiden away out of Cronus's sight until he reaches adulthood and begins to be spurred on to war against Cronus by his grandmother, Mother Earth herself. He does as she commands, and in doing so rescues the rest of Cronus's children, and the war between the Olympians and the Titans is waged in full, lasting years.
It's a fantastic adventure story, and O'Connor illustrates it beautifully. He also includes several handy texts that help flush out his work here: lineage charts, a guide to the spelling of the names, a history and recommended reading. All of it is extremely useful, for both casual readers and students who wish to learn more.Read more ›
Mr O'Connors' narration is simple, powerful, and pointed. The art, I assume by O'Connor, is very clear and cinematic. Some panels, all you need is the sound of thunder to make them complete. Coverwise, the lightening bolt held by Zeus shimmers with power!
O'Connor presents not only the story of Zeus, but the stories surrounding the imprisonment of the Titans, his brothers and sisters and despise for his father. Truly, this book reads almost like Hercules except there is not comedic relief! There is no Phil, nor Meg, but there is duty, sacrifice, honor, and a cosmic style battle that truly cracks the skies! Did I mention the art is top notch?
Being part I of 12, I look forward to the remaining books, Athena, Hera, and Hades.
Truly a stylish presentation of the story of Zeus.
Long may he rule!
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This is a good introduction to George O'Connor's "Olympian's" series. In having Zeus as the first installment the author/illustrator introduces the reader into the story... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. P. Sander
As a lover of Greek mythology, I really wanted to like this graphic novel series. There are a lot of fascinating stories in Greek myth, and while these myths have escalated in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kenya Starflight
The graphics and storyline are good. The book is short, really only about sixty six pages of story. Pricey for a single nights reading with my daughter, although she liked it a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by BLongbotham
It was okay as far as graphic comics go. i think it was over-pricedPublished 10 months ago by McLean mom
I wasn't that impressed with the art or the story. Three stars were generous.Published 13 months ago by james & mary smith
Written and illustrated by George O'Connor, ZEUS: KING OF THE GODS is the first in a graphic novel series entitled "The Olympians" that tells the story of the ancient Greek... Read morePublished 23 months ago by tvtv3
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Zeus Cover-The comic of Zeus: King of Gods, is the first in a series of eleven volumes. Read more
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:01 First Second Books is a publisher of graphic novels, including this series on the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece. Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson