Hades

Hades

Lord of the Dead

Book - 2012
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Volume 4 of the highly acclaimed Olympians series!

Hades: Lord of the Dead tells the story of the great God of the Underworld and one of the most famous of all Greek myths: Hades' abduction of Persephone and her mother's revenge. Be prepared to see a new side of Persephone in this dynamic adaptation of the story of the creation of the seasons.

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. This title has Common Core connections.

Hades is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012

Publisher: New York : First Second, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781596437616
1596437618
9781596434349
1596434341
Branch Call Number: YA GRAPHIC FICTION OLYMPIAN O'Connor v.4 07/2012
YA GRAPHIC OLYMPIAN OConnor George v.4 02/2012
Characteristics: 76 p. :,col. ill., geneal. table ;,26 cm.
Alternative Title: Olympians Hades [graphic #4]

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FindingJane Dec 01, 2014

In Greek mythology, the gods often abducted women when they took a fancy to them. Ravishment (never called rape) usually followed. This was considered normal and possibly accepted as a god’s due. But what of the women? What did they ever have to say about this kind of behavior? The myths are curiously silent on this matter, an omission that no doubt irks modern female readers. Mr. O’Connor’s tale didn’t initially set out to redress this imbalance; it was meant to be the tale of Hades and how he acquired his bride. But something amazing happens. Persephone (née Kore) gradually takes center stage as she fights to asser herself against a domineering mother and a cold-blooded suitor. Hades is revealed to have a solid core of kindness. His love for his stolen bride shines through as does his tender-hearted care of her. But it is the females who dominate in this tale. The Furies warn Kore, Ceres searches unceasingly for her lost daughter and Hekate is the one who leads Ceres to learn the truth about her abducted child. We read about Kore’s growth from angry daughter to loving, caring spouse. With her newfound maturity, she calms her raging mother and soothes the heart of the god who desires her. The illustrations are also good. They are sumptuous if not big on detail (a field of wheat looks mainly like a large mass of ochre). But the action, storyline and individual voices of the characters are well crafted. Shading, color and wording are expertly crafted to tell this ancient story. This is a very thoughtful re-imaging of the abduction of Persephone, one which I thoroughly enjoyed and believe is more than relevant for contemporary readers.

orange_dolphin_185 Jul 20, 2014

graphic novel on greek mythology

Mark_Daly Aug 06, 2013

O'Connor once again surprises with a teen-oriented, more relatable take on the Persephone fable. The spooky Hades tends to remain a cypher in retellings of the Olympus myths, but O'Connor manages to make him believable as a character as well.

Sidewinder88 Sep 15, 2012

Really good series. Its nice to see this particular myth show a bit of Persephone's point of view. O'Connor did a really good job, can't wait for the next one!

TheAfricanPrince Jul 10, 2012

This Series inspieres me to start reading the Percy Jackson series and I'am loving it. I highly recommend Percy Jackson to you guys.

derekivie May 08, 2012

If you are a Greek mythology fan you will love this book. Learn the actual stories of the gods who once ruled over the world in this cool graphic novel form.

unbalancedbutfair Apr 24, 2012

This entire series by O'conner is excellent. Not just an excellent graphic depiction of greek mythos, but simply good telling of the greek mythos overall.This series is perfect for the child first exploring greek mythology, and for the adult who wants to revisit these myths. The myths are made understandable, but they are not as watered down as they normally are. O'conner does an amazing job balancing the content of the myths within a PG level story so that you really don't lose much of the original story. The conversation is good, it feels real, and has nuggets of other myths inside it. Even if you disagree with his interpretations I think you'll enjoy the work. Read them.

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red_zebu_50 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 10

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orange_dolphin_185 Jul 20, 2014

this book is about persephone and how she was captured by hades people went without food since demeter was sad

derekivie May 08, 2012

If Hades kidnapped your daughter wouldn't you take away the beauty of nature to get her back?

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orange_dolphin_185 Jul 20, 2014

without payment you would remain for a hundred years on the crowded bank of styx

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