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Hades: Lord of the Dead (Olympians #4)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  1,118 ratings  ·  174 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by First Second
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Kellee
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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...more
Donalyn
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...more
Scarlet
Nov 14, 2011 Scarlet rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone of any age who loves mythology
4.5 STARS
**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...more
Barbara
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
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
Samantha
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...more
Jordan
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...more
Rosa
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
Joella www.cinjoella.com
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...more
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...more
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
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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...more
Con
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...more
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
Heather
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.
Jason
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!
Edward Sullivan
Another stunning interpretation of the Greek myths in O'Connor's Olympians series.
Stephanie
While O'Connor acknowledges in his author note that the book's actual title will draw more readers than Demeter: Goddess of the Harvest, I believe the proper title for this book would be Persephone: Dread Queen of the Underworld. As with the previous four installments in his Olympians series, I enjoyed this one. I particularly appreciated that Persephone was given so much agency in becoming Queen of the Underworld--whether or not that jives with most ancient texts, it seems an appropriate licens...more
Parry Papamihalakis
This graphic novel is very well written, has a very capturing story, and is very well drawn! What's even better? It's one of four graphic novels about the Greek gods! Each one dealing with a different god. I was able to read this graphic novel in a snap! I can totally see this being taught in a high school class room before they touch "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey!" It would give them a sense of the gods before they start these "tough reads." They also have a family tree of the Greek gods in the...more
Kaethe
Although the title says Hades, the story is more about Demeter, as usually told. As O'Connor tells it, the story is all about Persephone. This is a version of the myth that aligns more with Meg Cabot's Underworld. Here we're shown a young woman with an overly watchful mother who has the first chance in her life to choose what she wants.

The girls and I both love this series for the way O'Connor tells the stories, as well as how he draws them. And I love the back matter, in which he explains the c...more
Angie
Synopsis: "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 wo
...more
Marilyn
This story might be called Hades: Lord of the Dead, but surprisingly, it is really a story about the heroine Persephone. Hades steals Persephone away to the underworld to be his bride. In this re-telling, O’Connor creates a much more rounded character for Persephone than you might have met in other myths. We discover a strong Persephone, who maybe really likes being Queen of the Dead; an independent Persephone, who stands up to her mother and goes to great lengths to get away from her; and an em...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

What a long wait it has been for the fourth volume in this series! Another great entry in the series with fabulous artwork. O'Connor's depictions of Persephone are fantastic, picturing her in a unique Goth style which seems quite appropriate for the Queen of the Dead. While the book is titled Hades, it really tells the story of Persephone and to a lesser degree Demeter which is a twist on the usual telling of this tale which focuses on Demeter and how the s...more
Rachel
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Madigan McGillicuddy
Deliciously spooky, this adds a modern touch to the stories that the Greeks told about the Underworld. Riveting! After an informative introduction to the territories of the underworld including the River Styx, Erebus (kind of like Hell's waiting room), and Tartaros (where the evil are punished) the story jumps right to the Persephone myth, also known as Kore. I loved her transformation into a Goth princess when she begins to warm up to the idea of ruling the underworld.

When angry Demeter has fi...more
Tara Anderson
ARC received from NetGalley

We have the other graphic novels from this series (Zeus: King of the Gods, Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess, and Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory) in our library's collection, and they circulate like crazy. I've never read one, so I was pleased to receive this copy for review to see what the fuss is all about.

If you are familiar with mythology, the story is just a retelling of the myth of Persephone. The reader is given an introduction to Hades and the underworld, and then the...more
Kara

The inside front cover has a very handy family tree of the Greek gods, and it was a lot of fun to see for the first time in years that whacky, deific family dynamic.

The graphic novel starts with a tour through the land of the dead, emphasizing its dreariness more than anything, ruled over by a bored, lonely, god. Who apparently shops at Hot Topic…

A quick bit of background about how the Greek gods system works, and then we met Demeter and Persephone, every inch the over-protective mother and sur...more
Michelle
I started reading this book not knowing it was part of a series. Thankfully it wasn't confusing and there was no need to read the previous volumes to understand what was going on. There was enough explanation in the beginning for anybody to be able to understand, even if this was their first story on Hades and Persephone.

The artwork, while detailed and colorful, was not very good in my opinion. It's probably just my tastes, but I didn't like the art very much though that didn't stop me from read...more
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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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