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Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess (Olympians) Hardcover – April 13, 2010
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This second book starts off with a one page summary of volume one. It also introduces The Fates who are the storytellers of this issue. Different from Zeus, this volume is not one singular story but a collection of vignettes of Athena's creation and birth story and her other adventures. Each story, in the end, tells how Athena added to her Aegis, which became her most powerful weapon. Plus there are two versions of why she took the name Pallas Athena and of course no collection of Athena would be complete without the story of Arachne.
A superb follow-up to Zeus and I'm definitely hooked on this series. The myths are brilliantly told, following mostly exactly as I expect them to with a few exceptions plus I'm also finding a few new-to-me tales as well along the way. One thing I didn't mention in my review of Zeus, which became an invaluable resource in this issue is the Genealogical Chart on the inside cover which starts with Gaea goes straight through to the Olympians and then ventures off to show the lineage of the gods and demi-gods who one presumes will be seen in future volumes. Many characters are introduced in this volume from The Fates and The Gigantes to Pallas and Medusa and I loved being able to flip to that chart to see where everyone fit in!
I'm loving the artwork. I really appreciate the facial expressions and the uniqueness of the creatures, it really brings the myths to life in a way that an all-text version just cannot accomplish. There is a lot of violence in this volume, considering Athena is the Goddess of War, but there is no bloodshed shown, (unless you count a puddle of green Medusa blood) in keeping with the age appropriateness of the series. The only thing I'd consider of concern to parents would be their comfort level with the word "lover". Looking forward to the next volume which will concentrate on Hera.
It’s rough being king of the gods, especially when you’re going to be kicked off your throne by your firstborn kid. Ever since a prophecy told Zeus his first child by his wife, Metis, would be his undoing, he’s been trying to think of a way to get rid of her. But he can’t kill her. Her advice is much too good. So instead, he eats her. That way her voice is always in his head.
And you probably think it can’t get weirder, can you? If you’re familiar with Greek mythology, you already know that Athena, Metis’s daughter, pops out of Zeus’s head full-grown. You probably also know she’s the goddess of wisdom and battle strategy.
But you might not know some of the other stories twined together to form this book. For instance, have you ever heard Athena called “Pallas”? Well, that’s because of a friend of hers who met an untimely end. And … okay, you might know the story of Arachne and Athena, but O’Connor’s art and storytelling made that tale so suspenseful, I almost forgot how it ended myself.Read more ›
Btw, my 6 yo kids love this series, and I highly recommend it to parents interested in introducing their kids to graphic novels and the tales of legend!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was very accurate from what I know but I learned that Zeus did not trick Metis but just swallowed her like Kronos did.Published 8 days ago by Melissa Hall
I read it and it ws great! Athena is the greek goddess of wisdom, and this book really made sure that anyone reading it understnds that completely. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Roger Frey
My daughter loved reading this book. Read it in less than an afternoon.Published 11 months ago by soccer mom
My girls loved this, read it 3 times and even used it as a topic for school.Published 14 months ago by Theresa Armstrong
One Athena’s birth is pretty awesome. Two: Athena is like THE kick butt female goddess in my opinion. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ash
If you are a big Greek fan you should try it and go into the warlord's wind, so buy it.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent retelling of the myth of the goddess Athena and all the tales associated with her. Beautifully illustrated!Published 19 months ago by Darren Hennessey
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“All of us are born naked, helpless, and defenseless. Not so Pallas Athena. Read more
Written and illustrated by George O'Connor, ATHENA: GREY-EYED GODDESS is the second volume in a graphic novel series entitled "The Olympians" that tells the story of the... Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by tvtv3