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Zeus: King of the Gods: Olympians, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fiery start to educational graphic novel series.

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+
age 9+

Top rate, but requires some maturity.

O'Conner perfectly mixes the comic style with Greek myth, even going one better and engaging in some scholarship on the subject, this is IMHO as good as it gets when it comes to the subject. Just remember, these God-types play rough, so some screening might be necessary.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This early, dark mythology of the gods will not be familiar to most readers, yet it's well told, and author George O'Connor's love of mythology shines through. Despite the fact that this Olympic story has to be the hardest one to tell visually -- he literally had to start with nothing, or "Kaos" (his chosen spelling). There's no making that panel interesting. But the art improves promptly. His Titans are dark masses of muscle towering over clouds and mountains. Glimpses of giant cyclops eyes and creatures with 100 hands are fantastically creepy.

The lightness of a baby-blue blanket is almost jarring when Zeus appears. His early life is a brief sunny moment in the story before mountains explode and thunderbolts rain down in the big, dramatic power struggle for dominance over the universe. However, the introduction of humans into the world seems glossed over and confusing. An extra few panels with Prometheus and his clay would have been welcome.

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