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Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  2,759 Ratings  ·  278 Reviews
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, scholar
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by First Second
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Jan 10, 2010 Betsy rated it really liked it
Girl walks into my library. I'm putting her age at around nine, maybe ten. Asks if I have any books on Ancient Greece. Turns out the kid is so into Greek mythology that she is willingly learning more about the true history behind that area of the world for her own personal knowledge. In other words, she is every children's librarian's dream patron. I show her what we have and then we get to talking about mythology. She's a huge fan of the D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths so we start talking ficti ...more
Jul 25, 2016 Connor rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
This is a really quick intro to the beginning of the Olympians' reign, but I think it purposely left out a lot of information that could have been included so that later volumes would have it. The art was okay for me, but I didn't find it incredibly jaw-dropping or anything. A solid 3 stars.
Apr 30, 2015 Rayan rated it liked it
The title of my book that I’m going to present is “Zeus king of the Gods” By: George O’Connor. My story takes place everywhere in the sky, space and earth because the characters have supernatural powers. The characters in my story are The Titans and their ruler who over throwed his father Kronos and gave birth to Zeus, Hera, Demeter, Hades, Poseidon and Hestia. The conflict in the story all started when the titans were living happily and their father Ouranos the sky wanted to overthrow the big ...more
Kraipob Waengsothorn
Jun 16, 2016 Kraipob Waengsothorn rated it really liked it
Is borrowing all the books in a series from the libraries so that you could read it and others couldn't until you return it considered trolling? Cause that's what I did. Although I wasn't able to get book 6 and 8.
Aug 09, 2015 RenkliKitap rated it it was amazing
A quick read with lots of fun mythological information. It's very suitable for young readers, but also adults can enjoy it a lot.
Apr 17, 2015 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So my classic civilization teacher is amazing and showed me these graphic novels and I bought them for myself. Tonight I read Zeus and it was pretty amazing solid 3.5/5

Plot- We are learning about the beginning of the universe and how Zeus came to be , I will say the plot is a little simplistic , but that may be because this is a series a younger reader never the less it was pretty solid. I knocked the star off for the lack of plot that I felt there was still good just not as much as I would have
Oct 26, 2014 Zachary rated it really liked it
In this Greek myth based story, Zeus is faced with the challenge of defeating his father Kronos who has swallowed all of his brothers and sisters to avoid them killing him as he had his father. Zeus was hidden by his mother on an island where his father would never find him. He stayed on that island until the day came when he left the island to give his father a drink that made him sick, and out came all of his brothers and sisters full grown. Next comes a long battle, who will win, find out yo ...more
Dec 20, 2013 Tweller83 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
True to the myth and with the comic book format - this will have wide appeal.
Caroline Thompson
Jul 19, 2012 Caroline Thompson rated it really liked it
I'm hooked! First, it was a fast read. Only about an hour, if you include the extra reading materials the author/illustrator has at the back of the book. I love when you can tell that the author is really invested in giving an accurate portrayal of stories from history. In this case, George O'Connor gives you his bibliography (including some websites that I have to still explore) and recommended titles for younger and older readers. Really appreciate this. This is one of my first graphic novels ...more
Dec 04, 2011 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
The gods of the Greeks have a lot in common with modern-day superheroes: superpowers and terrifying foes. In Zeus: King of the Gods, George O’Connor creates a graphic novel that introduces older elementary readers to Greek mythology using the comic book style that brought us modern heroes like Superman. Using the ancient Greek poet Hesiod’s Theogeny as his source, O’Connor describes the origins of the universe, the dominion of the Titans, and the victorious rebellion of Zeus and his Olympian sib ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Apr 24, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: I am a huge fan of Greek mythology.

This tells the tale of creation from the Greek mythological point of view up to the birth of Zeus. Then it follows Zeus's story, how he battles his father Kronos to become King of the Gods and the founding of the home for the Olympians on Mount Olympus.

Fantastic first book in a new ongoing series retelling the Greek myths. The story here is very well represented going right back to the beginning with Gaea, The Cyclopes, The Hekatonchieres an
Jul 07, 2010 Robert rated it liked it
Recommended to Robert by: sastrapertala
Shelves: graphic-novel
Hmmm... Secara kebetulan sebelum buku ini direkomendasikan oleh Mbak Sastrapertala, saya sempat membacanya habis saat sedang bersantai di Gramedia Grand Indonesia (kebetulan ada sebuah buku yang tidak dibungkus plastik, hehe)...

Selayaknya sebuah novel grafis, buku ini menceritakan sejarah panjang mitologi bangsa Yunani mengenai dewa-dewi mereka yang legendaris tersebut dengan ilustrasi yang spektakuler. Dimulai dari awal terciptanya jagat raya, sampai lahirnya generasi dewa Yunani pertama, Para
A wonderful graphic novel about the birth of the Greek gods, starting from the very beginning of Greek mythology. We learn about the Titans who roamed the earth at first and see Kronos devour his children one by one, except for Zeus. The story ends when Zeus, with the help of his brothers, has successfully overthrown his father and taken his place as the king of the gods.

The combination of action-filled and dramatic panels with excellent storytelling makes this a pleasure to read. Any teenager w
Cid Tyer
Feb 27, 2010 Cid Tyer rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-books
I found out about this graphic novel series thanks to Rick Riordan, who wrote the Percy Jackson, Olympian, series. Seeing as how I am currently very interested in Greek mythology thanks to Rick Riordan, I figured these graphic novels were a great lead. However, finding this one was tricky. It just came out in January and I finally found a place that had ONE copy. I bought it, needless to say.

I haven't read comics or graphic novels in a really long time, besides V for Vendetta a month-plus ago. H
Jun 28, 2013 Kaycee rated it it was amazing
Comic books and graphic novels are known for their superheroes. And who is better than the original superheroes, the Greek gods? The Greek gods could control the weather, cause massive destruction, manipulate the world of men, walk about sight unseen, change into animals... the list goes on. But where did the gods come from? How did it all start? The first book in George O'Connor's Olympians series answers these questions and more. The first book focuses on Zeus but it also focuses on the Greek ...more
Sep 29, 2011 Patrice rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
As a child I poured over The D'aulaires' Book of Greek Myths. It's still to this day one of my favorite books, ever. This comic, however, pales in comparison to the D'aulaires' book, graphically and narrative-wise.

Zeus: King of the Gods, is part of a graphic novel series for young adults that delves into the world of Greek mythoogy. I'm amazed in my 8th grade language arts class how knowledgeable students are about Greek myths. The current trends in young adult literature and films seem to be f
Dec 03, 2013 Angie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics

I love reading new graphic novels this one is wonderful in that it follows greek mythology. When I first heard about the Olympians series I thought it was going to be like Disney's Hercules with it's own story and spin.. but actually this follows the legend of Zeus.

When I first started reading this I was surprised to start reading about the Titans and how earth was formed. I was expected to read some sort of story about teen Zeus and all that. I was pleasa
Jennifer Mitchell
Mar 15, 2013 Jennifer Mitchell rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, myths
Zeus: King of Gods is the first book in a new graphic novel series about the stories and myths of the old Greek Gods.
And, it's sort of brilliant.
The art is wonderful. Even without dialogue, the stories unfold effortlessly through the characters expressions and backgrounds, that are detailed yet simple. The stories themselves are familiar and well thought out and organized.
Instead of overwhelming the reader with myth after myth about Zeus, O'Connor focused on a few, and the end result is a cha
Toa Anderson
May 19, 2013 Toa Anderson rated it really liked it
Zeus: King of gods is the first book in a new graphic novel series about the stories and myths of the old Greek Gods. And its sort of awesome. The art is wonderful. Even without a dialogue, the stories unfold effortlessly through the characters expressions and backgrounds, that detailed yet simple. The stories themselves are familiar and well thought out and organised. Instead of overwhelming the reader with myth after myth about Zeus, O'Connor focused on a few, and the end result is a character ...more
Sep 29, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing
What an amazing way to learn about mythology! If I had these in high school, maybe I would have taken a class on it. These are perfect for any level of reader to understand the stories of the Greek gods and their influences on so many pieces of literature. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Aug 18, 2014 Gregory rated it liked it
In Zeus the King of Gods, Zeus is in trouble when he has to save his brothers and sisters. I like this book because it is full of action. I would recommend this book to any one who like Greek mythology.
Jun 28, 2016 Nickcole rated it it was amazing
Rating: 5 Badass Stars

I love the story of the Greek Gods and to read it in comic form was just the icing on the cake. The graphics were really done well and the story had a really nice edge to it. I can't wait for Athena's book.
Eugenia Argerami
I love learning more about greek mythology and these books are a perfect way to do so!
May 07, 2010 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
even though this is from First Second publishing i almost passed it because i'm getting tired about books about the 'gods'. O'connor's art reminds me of P Craig Russell's, just a little less dense, and his coloring is gorgeous. The writing is page turning and contemplative. the author notes, bios of the gods and bibliography are fantastic. there are some really good discussion questions, great book for a jr high and up library and for a smart ten year old. and the book is only ten bucks (about t ...more
Taylor Boik
This graphic novel Zeus: King of the gods by George O'Connor starts off in the very beginning of time talking about how the gods came to be and how Zeus's mom saved him from his dad Kronos who had become all mighty and powerful. It tells the story of Zeus standing up to his father with his other bothers and sisters and fighting the titans to get rid of Kronos and bring peace to their world.

The very first thing I noticed in this book was that it has a very dark feel to it. It uses a lot of red, g
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
Nicolette Kennedy
Mar 24, 2016 Nicolette Kennedy rated it really liked it
The graphic novel Zeus: King of the Gods by George O’Connor retells the tale of creation, including how Zeus must fight his father Kronos. Zeus must free his brothers and sisters from the belly of Kronos in order to help defeat him. The artwork in this graphic novel is detailed and colorful. Although I am usually a fan of graphic novels, some might find this one difficult to read. I say this because on some pages it might not be obvious which panels would be read after another. Besides this tiny ...more
Aug 06, 2015 Chumofchance rated it it was amazing
Jove's Eagle, O'Connor really blows it off the roof with this one.

Zeus himself (who I've always been a fan of, actually) comes off as exactly the kind of jerk he should be, but O'Connor's insight adds a canonical twist you never really think of. Zeus isn't a hoary patriarch, he's the hero of hero's journey fame. He's the one that goes on the adventure, finds his destiny, and claims the kingdom he deserves. You don't really think about him that way, but that's who he is, and O'Connor captures th
Lisa Lathrop
Apr 15, 2015 Lisa Lathrop rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
1) "Zeus..." is a graphic novel rated for students in grades 4+. It is much more sophisticated in illlustrations, organization, and text than my selections for younger readers. The story and plot are more complicated as is the layout of each page but that is completely in line for older students and their need for more complicated storylines and visuals.

2) This graphic novel is perfectly suited to students who love adventure, fantasy, mythology and action. Fans of superheroes, strong personas, a
Ash Rowe
Mar 26, 2015 Ash Rowe rated it it was amazing

I adore mythology. All mythology, but I am usually pulled in by Greek Mythology. Since my kids were young I’ve read them many books and a lot of the books have to do with Mythology. My oldest has adopted my love for it so when I saw this graphic novel I new he’d like it. As soon as he was finished he handed it to me and said “ You HAVE to read this! and I NEED the next one.” So I sat down while they had their TV time and read this wonderful graphic novel.

First thing I opened the book and get the
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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 (9 books)
  • Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess (Olympians, #2)
  • Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory (Olympians, #3)
  • Hades: Lord of the Dead (Olympians, #4)
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  • Aphrodite: Goddess of Love (Olympians, #6)
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