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Grade 4 Up—This 12-volume series debuts with the origins of Zeus. O'Connor begins his retelling by starting from literally nothing. Then a simple brown circle introduces readers to Gaea, or Mother Earth. The creation of Olympians unfolds slowly with simple straightforward lines and silhouettes. Dark browns and blacks echo the early development of the Titans. The first fully rendered face is that of the infant Zeus, with his birth symbolized in a pastel palette. This new race of Gods is visually and strikingly different. Zeus's virility and vitality both bring the story to life and make it accessible to young readers. Zeus's encounters with gods, particularly his battle with his father Kronos, are visually compelling. Images of grasping hands, thunderbolts, close-up visages, gaping holes in the earth, and silhouetted bodies bring Zeus's struggle for dominance into clear focus. Oversize panels reinforce the heroic proportions of the story. It is telling that from such a simple beginning, the complex story is able to evolve naturally to a satisfying conclusion, as depicted on the final page showing Zeus and the new race of numerous immortal gods. O'Connor clearly hints throughout the retelling that more stories are forthcoming: "And that is a tale for another day." Endpapers show the Olympian Family Tree. Back matter includes an author's note, notation of Greek words, discussion questions, and recommended reading. This ultimate superhero story will appeal to anyone who enjoys Greek mythology or great comic art.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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O’Connor unveils his new Olympians graphic-novel series with this story of the daddy of Greek gods. Most immediately striking about this, aside from the exciting artwork, is the care O’Connor takes to visualize the creation myth that begins with Gaea creating and taking as a husband the sky, Ouranos. Their children—the Titans and other proto-Olympian entities—are often neglected or at best murkily covered, but here they’re vividly portrayed with all the magnificence of their beyond-good-and-evil power. After this breathtaking and lengthy sequence, Zeus enters the scene to grow from a feisty nymph-needling youth to a lightning bolt–wielding avenger. The extended, earth-shattering battle he wages with his father, Kronos, takes up the bulk of the story, delivering page after page of cataclysmic blows with the sensibility and hyperkinetic pacing of a literary superhero comic. While O’Connor includes a generous bounty of bonus materials to gratify myth hounds, this series could well become the initiation point for a new cadre of acolytes. New volumes should come quickly, with Athena's book due in April 2010. Grades 5-9. --Ian Chipman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
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 1 month ago by BLongbotham
It was okay as far as graphic comics go. i think it was over-pricedPublished 1 month ago by McLean mom
I wasn't that impressed with the art or the story. Three stars were generous.Published 5 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 14 months ago by tvtv3
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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 18 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson
By doing his homework and going back to original source materials the author/artist has done an amazing job of retelling the story of the Olympians battle with the Titans. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by J.J. Austrian
I love this Olympian comic books! I've collected all of them except for the Poseidon one, which I am going to buy. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by MHbiggestfan$$$C.C