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Hades: Lord of the Dead (Olympians #4)

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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.

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Published January 31st 2012 by First Second
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Tommy Rittner its about the gods in ancient greece and the lives they have lived, its like a long comic book, i've read this series and its very interesting i would…moreits about the gods in ancient greece and the lives they have lived, its like a long comic book, i've read this series and its very interesting i would reccomend it to you(less)
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Ana {The Good Gif Fairy}
Jan 09, 2016 Ana {The Good Gif Fairy} rated it it was amazing
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Oh Hades, my flawless love. Must you be so alluring and distracting and brooding and ugh... Let me collect myself. Okay, I'm ready.

Hades is my all-time favorite Greek god. He's not evil, he's just misunderstood. You'd be a little cranky too if you were swallowed at birth by your father. Oh the joys of Greek mythology.

In Greek mythology, Hades the god of the underworld, was son of the Titans Cronus and Rhea. He was the brother of Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Hestia and Demeter. He was also called the
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Summary: In O'Connor's fourth installment of the Olympians graphic novel series starts with the journey into the Underworld after death but reveals itself to be about the myth of Persephone's abduction and the consequences that follow such. This graphic novel is not only about Hades, but about Demeter and Persephone as well.

What I Think: Persephone's myth is one of my favorites. I love how clever the Greeks were to have such an elaborate tale
George O'Connor creates another stellar installment in his Olympians graphic novel series with Hades: Lord of the Dead. Opening with a description of what you might find as you enter the Underworld, the story shifts into a dramatic retelling of my favorite Greek myth--the Abduction of Persephone.

While his work is based on research from classic and contemporary texts, I like that O'Connor feels confident in re-interpreting the myths and adding clever references to other stories and popular cultu
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Sep 14, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Readers are first introduced to the Underworld and the order of operations upon death. After a fierce argument between Kore and her mother, Demeter, she is kidnapped and taken to the Underworld to be Hades' bride. She is resistant at first, but eventually takes an active role in her fate and embraces her new position as the queen-to-be.

Meanwhile, Demeter roams the earth consumed with grief and searches for answers concerning her daughter's disappearance. Upon learning her daughter has been take
Mar 13, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
This is the fourth title in the Olympian series, and it certainly does not disappoint. The creator sticks closely to the original story of Demeter, Hades, and Persephone, describing how Hades kidnaps Persephone---once called Kore on Earth--and shows her around his kingdom. While she is gone, Demeter allows the crops to fail as she searches for her daughter. But the twist that this updated story contains involves Persephone coming into her own while in the Underworld. Out from under the control o ...more
Sara Thompson
Jan 24, 2012 Sara Thompson rated it it was amazing
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This is the fourth book in the graphic series The Olympians by George O’Connor. This is an amazing retelling of the story of Hades and Persephone. I was just captivated by the beauty of the drawings and the passion of the characters.
With tons of research into the myths, George O’Connor has created a story that weaves together all the bits and pieces. This telling of the Hades myth is not only touching but opens up a humanity in the Greek Gods that I believe was often missing in the more serious
There were two reasons why I picked up this book. First of all, I now know that I like some graphic novels. And this one got great reviews. Second, I had just finished reading The Goddess Test which had Hades (aka Henry) as a main character and I thought it would be fun to brush up on my Greek mythology.

This is the story of Hades and Persephone (and Demeter). It takes the spin that Hades loved Persephone and eventually Persephone loved Hades. And Persephone chose to eat six pomegranate seeds be
Delicious Strawberry
This graphic novel brings a fresh look to the myth of Hades and Persephone. Much of the dialogue is almost lyrical, in a way that I can easily imagine ancient Greek gods would speak. The artwork is also very nice, and Persephone's physical appearance design was different, she looks more like a Goth girl instead of a Goddess of Spring, but that was cool. Her relationship with Hades is also more equal, he treats her with respect. I would have liked for this graphic novel to be longer, but overall ...more
Kraipob Waengsothorn
I never knew that Persephone's original name was Kore. Did Demeter named her Kore as in like a corn's core? I wonder if she likes the Nickelodeon show Legend of Korra. She really has to see Season 5, it was filled with actions and fight scenes!!!
Truly atrocious illustrations. I tried to avoid looking at them when at all possible, they were that bad. However, I really enjoyed the story, especially since it varied enough from the set mythology that it was an original re-telling, more like Phone Home, Persephone!, excepting all the humor. The only bit that I would have liked to see changed more or added something to it so that it made more sense was Hades stealing Persephone.

I would pay lots of good money to see a set of graphic novels lik
Feb 04, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Loved! I've always had a soft spot for Hades, I think he is misunderstood :) and I like the version of Persephone LIKING being the queen of the dead in this book. Big fan of these graphic novel Greek mythology interpretations. Some great discussion questions in the back as well, perfect for teens.
Mar 26, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing
Once again, O'Connor knocks it out of the park. Well-researched and incredibly well-drawn, with writing and dialogue that sucks you right into the story. Fantastic!
Sam Kappler
Jan 09, 2015 Sam Kappler rated it liked it
George O'Connor's Hades installment of the graphic series The Olympians is an informational story that educates the reader on Greek mythology with much attention to detail. Even though this chapter of the Olympian series is informational, O'Connor uses a personal story to help the reader better understand the Greek myhtologic underworld. The artsyle used by O'Connor is impressive. His use or lack of color brings about either the beauty or the horror of Greek mythology.

There are very few thing
I reviewed these books basically as a whole on the boxed set.
Edward Sullivan
Another stunning interpretation of the Greek myths in O'Connor's Olympians series.
Jennifer Benito
Jun 18, 2015 Jennifer Benito rated it it was amazing
I rate this book 5 stars because it is really interesting and fun to read it says the story but in a exciting way not like you have to read information from text books that is really boring. So that is why i rated this book 5 stars. The book "Hades: Lord of the Dead" is about that there is a great God of the Underworld and it is Hades. And he stole this girl and she changes when she is down in the underworld she changes and calls herself Persephone. And Persephone was yelled at by her mother ju ...more
Ash Rowe
Apr 26, 2015 Ash Rowe rated it it was amazing
I’m pretty sure I’m going to say this for most of these but this one is my favorite!

I am enjoying reading these and discussing the G(r)eek notes in the back with my son. Its has been a fun bonding experience. Of course we can not agree on our favorites. I loved this retelling the most so far compared to the others. He said his favorite is still Athena.

On the artwork I’m a fan as I am with the others.

Hades has always been one of my top three favorite Greek Gods and I’ve always loved the story
Mar 16, 2015 -Fangirl rated it it was amazing
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Sharon Tyler
Jan 19, 2012 Sharon Tyler rated it liked it
Hades: Lord of the Dead by George O'Connor is a young adult graphic novel scheduled for release on January 31, 2012. It is volume four in the Olympian series. This is another look at the legend of Hades and Persephone. Those already very familiar with the tale will not have many surprises, but there are some new perspectives to the story in this interpretation. Nothing mind blowing, but a reasonable and well-done look at the story behind why we have seasons and the personality of Persephone. Thi ...more
Unlike all the other volumes in the Olympians series so far, Hades' book is one giant story instead of several episodes. The whole book centers around Hades' kidnapping of Persephone. Despite being a potentially non kid friendly book, what with the kidnapping and the trickery on Hades part, I really enjoyed the way the story was handled. Hades is presented as a much more likeable character than I've ever seen him before. He's a bit awkward, but who wouldn't be hanging around under the ground wit ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Rosa rated it liked it
I keep struggling with these books because I love the idea of them so much, but the execution always leaves me wanting more... to be blunt, I just don't think O'Connor is a particularly strong writer. His language often comes out cheesy and cliched, and more importantly, the directions in which he takes his narratives usually strip them of all emotional heft. I really don't know that much about Greek mythology, so I'm not one of those classicists who's scandalized by O'Connor's decision to put h ...more
May 31, 2016 Scott rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this imagined tale of Kore's (Persephone) abduction to the Underworld. Since details of this part of the myth are quite open to interpretation, O'Connor richly imagines the "what if" end of things. The artwork is fantastic, expertly drawn and rendered in rich somber tones, fittingly enough. Looking forward to the others in this Olympians series.
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Jan 13, 2012 Anzu The Great Destroyer rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mythology fans
I’m totally clueless right now. I have to write a review for this, and I have no idea what to say.

I’m not really into Greek gods and all, but this was rather… educational? I mean it’s a good read for your general knowledge and if you like these stories you’ll probably enjoy this graphic novel. The illustrations are extremely pleasant, and the whole thing is very easy to read. The printed version will probably be even better.

Why did I choose this if I’m not into these stories? I thought it will b
Aug 06, 2015 Chumofchance rated it it was amazing
Except for the fact that he'd kidnap a girl and force her to marry him, Hades isn't really that bad a guy. This book reflects that quite well, making him in this broody Sandman type character.

Really, it's Persephone's story, and O'Connor really takes a lot of stuff and mashes it up in to his own brew here, even getting in to the Eleusinian mysteries. Well you know what, goddamit, kids need to know about the Eleusinian mysteries somehow, and I'll be damned if they learn it from that Mason down o
Reagan Townley
Jun 02, 2015 Reagan Townley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
*4.5 Stars*

I reeeeeeally loved this.

It has a unique retelling of Greek mythology and the story of Hades. The only thing I have to critique is that I wished that they focused more on the actual origins and story of Hades, as in this book they focus on the abduction of Persephone. (The author even states in the notes that he knows this lol)

I realize now that you are really supposed to start this series with the first volume, and I will definitely be ordering soon!

(Something funky happened with t
Jul 05, 2016 Nickcole rated it it was amazing

Again George O'Connor does not disappoint in his retelling of the Greek myths. The art was fantastic and the story line was a little different then the original version but equally as amazing. I can't get enough of this series.
I really liked this retelling of the myth of Hades and Peresephone because Persephone is given the respect she deserves, she's not just treated as an object that Hades and Demeter fight over posessing, she has input on choices that will affect her life. This book is also very informative on all that Hades is, more than just the god of the dead, as well as who Demeter is, too. I also like and appreciated the information that is included about who the goddess Hecate is and the artwork is beautiful ...more
I'm officially obsessed with George O'Connor Olympians graphic novel series. I'll be reviewing the first seven both for their individual qualities but also on how fabulously well-conceived and executed the graphic novels are in catching the middle grade/YA audience, teaching ANYONE who reads them a little something about Greek mythology (or reminding because I can't remember middle school English well enough though I do remember discussing gods and goddesses) but in an important and simple way t ...more
Charlie Howard
Feb 26, 2016 Charlie Howard rated it really liked it
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George O'Connor is the author of several picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Kapow!, Kersplash, and Sally and the Some-thing. JOURNEY INTO MOHAWK COUNTRY was his first graphic novel, a long-held dream that weaves together his passion for history and ongoing research into Native American life. He's also the author/illustrator of a new picture book, If I Had a Raptor.
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Other Books in the Series

Olympians (8 books)
  • Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians, #1)
  • Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess (Olympians, #2)
  • Hera: The Goddess and her Glory (Olympians, #3)
  • Poseidon: Earth Shaker (Olympians, #5)
  • Aphrodite: Goddess of Love (Olympians, #6)
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