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Jason and the Argonauts: A Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) Paperback – January 17, 2012
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The story begins with the young Jason returning to Iolcus, the land of his birth, to assert his right to the throne. Jason is favored by the Gods, but as a mere mortal, he makes mistakes, including giving his adversary King Pelias an excuse to send him out on a seemingly impossible quest, to seize the Golden Fleece from a distant land and bring it back to Iolcus. Nothing daunted, Jason undertakes the quest, accompanied by a band of heroes including Hercules, Orpheus, and the sons of Boreas the North Wind. They sail in the custom-built ship the Argo.
Jason and his companions will overcome many obstacles and survive many trials on the way to the Golden Fleece. Jason himself grows into the role of a leader, assisted by some gods who favor his quest. He will also be aided by the sorceress Medea, to whom he makes a pledge of eternal love. Jason and his companions will find the fleece, and he will return a hero, but his personal flaws will also follow him home.
This account of Jason and the Argonauts follows traditional interpretations of the hero and his fate, which may seem harsh unless considered in the totality of his actions. Highly recommended as a good adventure and a complex moral teaching.
I read the 100 or so pages without putting my iPad down. The pacing of the story is very well done, and I found the balance between text and illustrations to be ideal. Sankha Banerjee's illustrations are done in a modern style that I expect will appeal to many readers. Personally, I was not always impressed by his use of colours and caricatured way of showing the characters emotions and ... well, character through their facial expressions, but it is a minor complaint that does not prevent me from giving this book 4 stars and a good recommendation.
Everyone knows the story of Jason, his argonauts, and the quest for the Golden Fleece - of if they don't, they really should! It was the topic of a 1963 movie with animation supplied by none other than Ray Harryhausen. It's very dated now, but it was a favorite of mine when I was a kid. The story was re-told in a 2000 TV mini-series, which was closer to the original myth than was the movie.
I was quite excited to see it in a graphic novel which is well-written, colorfully illustrated, and tells a faithful story as far as is possible in this format. Jason recklessly goes to demand his birthright, which is the kingship of Iolcus. Pelias was warned that a man with one shoe would show up who would be a real and present danger as they say, and Jason lost one of his sandals when he swam across the river with an old woman in tow. Not that old women ever really are old women in these kinds of stories.
Pelias sends Jason on an impossible quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece from Colchis, upon delivery of which Pelias will step down. Jason accepts this offer. He starts recruiting a sailing crew, and he hires a master ship-builder, Argus, to create the fastest and strongest ship. Pelias evidently pays for all of this. Zeus's long-suffering wife Hera decides to back Jason's gambit and aids him along the way.Read more ›
What I stated above is the Campfire Comics Mission Statement.
Although their books are geared towards young minds, I have also found them to be entertaining and enjoyable, even for a 50 something woman such as myself.
I'm adding a listing of a variety of Campfires graphic novels to give you an idea of what they have to offer. Campfire also offers their own comic creations besides classics, biography, history and more.
* 400 BC
* Romeo & Juliet
* Robinson Crusoe
* 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
* A Journey to the Center of the Earth
* Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
* Gulivers Travels
* Joan of Arc
* Call of the Wild
* The Lost Continent
* People That Time Forgot
* Invisible Man
* The Wright Brothers
* The Time Machine
* Treasure Island
* The Wind in the Willows
* King Solomon's Mines
* The Merchant of Venice
* Wonderful Wizard of Oz
* Oliver Twist
* The Offering
* Conquering Everest
* Space Race
* Alice in Wonderland
* The Swiss Family Robinson
* The Prince and the Pauper
* The Dusk Society
* Photo Booth
* Tom Sawyer
* Huckleberry Finn
* The Hound of the Baskerville
* The Prisoner of Zenda
That should give you a very good idea of the variety Campfire offers.
Stop by their website to research for even more great reads!
Mary Fortner Smith
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This graphic novel tells the ancient story of Jason and the Argonauts. The story does a good job of presenting the occurrences usually associated with the Argonauts, including the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
Shows a picture of the book Julius Caesar. At the time of ordering the Title read Julius Caesar as well.
I got Jason and the Argonauts instead. Read more