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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.
In Olympians, O'Connor draws f
Paperback, 80 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by First Second
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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
Nov 14, 2011 Scarlet rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone of any age who loves mythology
**ARC recieved from Netgalley**

Let me just say I am in love with the idea of myths being turned into graphic novels.

I hadn't heard of the author until I saw his book on Netgalley, but I'm really glad I was given the chance to read an ARC, because I know I'll definitely want to check out his other books, which are also based on stories in Greek mythology.

This patricular book re-tells the abduction of Persephone, aka Kore, by the Lord of the Dead, Hades. This is a very popular story in t
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
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
Sam Kappler
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
Sharon Tyler
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
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
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
Sara Thompson
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
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
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
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Jan 13, 2012 Anzu The Great Destroyer rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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
I reviewed these books basically as a whole on the boxed set.
I didn't love this one quite as much as the others in the Olympians series. Although all of those wordless pages of Hades and Persephone's journey into the underworld were lovely to look at, I wish that that space had instead been filled with more insight into the heads of Hades and Persephone. It was hard to relate to Hades' "love" for Persephone after only seeing a minute of interaction between them. It was also hard to relate to Persephone's feeling trapped above ground when she had many frie ...more
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hades-lord-of-the-dead-olympians-george-oconnor“This is what happens when you die.”

You open your eyes and Hermes’ psychopompos is there to guide you to what is to come next. He takes you to the banks of the River Styx, where there is already more shades of dead people. You wait for your turn for the ferryman Charon. Hopefully, your loved ones will place a coin in your mouth when you died, for this is Charon’s payment. Without a payment he will not take you to t
Ash Rowe
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
Seung Min Baek
Friday, February 6, 2015

This book has informational text, giving major details about the gods. First, it describes what the god might have done. "The first thing you see is Hermes Psychopompos. It is his job to guide you to what comes next" (O'Connor 2). This relates because Hermes is the messenger and the only one who can go in and out of the underworld. Secondly, the narrator introduces the god in direct characterization. "This god can be found, surrounded by the countless dead, sitting atop h
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 a
Jennifer Benito
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
Miss Clark
Overall, very unimpressed by the artwork, though it was better than the Percy Jackson graphic novels, so there is that.

But I liked the story and their attention to detail. A great introduction for kids at the end of the MG spectrum but who may not be interested in sitting down with a three-hundred page book about mythology. I'll definitely be picking up some of the others in the series.
There are three main parts of a book and George O'Connor incorporates them quite nicely into Hades Lord of the Dead. The first main part is plot, and this story is about how Hades manages to capture Kore, later named Persephone, and the consequences of Kore missing. Hades is the ruler of all the dead spirits, and he captures Kore to get a wife. Kore is the daughter of Demeter, goddess of harvest, and she wants to get away from her mother. Many people can relate to this story by just imagining a ...more
Becky B
A graphic novel retelling of the mythology involving Hades and Persephone, including a tour of the underworld and the tale of Tantalos.

O'Connor explains in his notes that in all the oldest copies of myths after her kidnapping by Hades, Persephone only ever appears in myths about Hades and the underworld, even though she's supposed to spend time in Olympus part of the year as well. So he made it seem in this graphic novel that she didn't so much mind being Hades' wife, in fact, it's a bit of a re
Jeff Reed
Hades is the lord of the dead, he is a lonely ruler of the realm of mortal souls while the other Greek gods happily celebrate on Mount Olympus. One of the most celebrated is Demeter, goddess of agriculture and also mother to Kore, a daughter tired of being kept away from anything that could possibly do her harm. When Kore wanders off, she’s kidnapped by Hades, who showers her with gifts and promises to make her his queen. Kore slowly begins to enjoy her new luxury, changing her name to Persephon ...more
Austen Gerrian
It was a nice little read. I would rate this 7/10. It has nice texture and storyline. I was not able to finish it but it still was good.
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.
The fourth volume in the series was Hades. Over all rate 3.93/5

Plot- In this volume O'Connor uses the myth of Persephone and Hades as the main plot line , I may be a little biased since that is one of my favourite myths of all time but I absolutely adored O'Connor's interpretation of the myth, it was a rich story. (4/5)

Character- I have a love hate relationship with Hades , I mean he is insane , he stole Persephone against her will that's all kinds of wrong but O'Connor does a good job of creati
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!
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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 (7 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)
  • Ares: Bringer of War (Olympians, #7)
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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