Zeus by George O'Connor
King of the Gods (Olympians)

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George O'Connor is a Greek mythology buff and a classic superhero comics fan, and he's out to remind us how much our pantheon of superheroes (Superman, Batman, the X-Men, etc) owes to mankind's ORIGINAL superheroes: the Greek pantheon.  In OLYMPIANS, O'Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren't sedate, scholarly works. They're action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures, with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O'Connor's vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life, in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology.  Volume 1 of OLYMPIANS, ZEUS: King OF THE GODS, introduces readers to the ruler of the Olympian Pantheon, telling his story from his boyhood to his ascendance to supreme power. 
 

About George O'Connor

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George O'Connor is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. His first graphic novel, Journey Into Mohawk Country, used as its sole text the actual historical journal of the seventeenth-century Dutch trader Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, and told the true story of how New York almost wasn't. He followed that up with Ball Peen Hammer, the first graphic novel written by playwright Adam Rapp, a dark, dystopian view of a society's collapse. Now he has brought his attention to Olympians, an ongoing series retelling the classic Greek myths in comics form. In addition to his graphic novel career, O'Connor has published several children's picture books, including the New York Times best-selling Kapow, Sally and the Some-Thing, and Uncle Bigfoot. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
 
Published January 5, 2010 by First Second. 80 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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An energetic graphic series on classical mythology debuts with the origin story of the Big Cheese Olympian, Zeus.

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The story is the one most schoolchildren know—the Titans created Zeus and Hera, as well as the Cyclopes, and adventure ensued—but O'Connor brings the young gods to life with memorable compositions and attention to detail (childlike fear on Hera's face as she navigates the treacherous new world, a...

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Considering these useful extras with the engrossing story, Zeus: King of the Gods is definitely a worthwhile graphic novel.

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That is to say, younger readers will not see much at all to shock their sensibilities, and older readers will be able to take in the clues from the text in order to read between the lines.

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You witness how clever Zeus is and how that and his control over his shape-changing make him a powerful leader even before – in a thrilling, memorably dramatic moment – he receives his command over lightning.

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