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Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  3,039 Ratings  ·  322 Reviews
Here's where it all starts: The beginning of everything—the world, the gods, and even humanity. Mighty Kronos, the most terrifying of all the Titans, reigns as the unchallenged tyrant of the cosmos... until his son, the god Zeus, stands up and takes on his own father in a battle intense enough to shatter the universe! Who will emerge triumphant?


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Paperback, 77 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by First Second
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Jan 10, 2010 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 08, 2016 Connor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 16, 2014 Rayan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This book is pretty cool. The book/comic book is just the life of Zues. It starts out with the creation of time. Then goes to when the titans were created and the cyclopses were created. Then the titans had children who were the gods. The gods will have children with mortals and they would be demi-gods. Zues will be the king of the gods and Hera as their queen. This book was kind of a disappointment but still was ok. I would recommend this book to the people just starting to learn about the gods ...more
Nicola Mansfield
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
Dec 09, 2016 David rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Titans, Olympians, Cyclopes, Hekatonchieres
Surprised I have never come across this series before, or that no one has done a straight graphic novel adaptation of the Greek myths, to my knowledge.

What I liked about this book was that it's not a "reinterpretation" or modern spin on classic mythology. It is the artist's interpretation, of course, but he has done his research and gone back to the sources. He includes a bibliography, and he's read his Hesiod.

This is the actual Greek origin story, starting with Gaea and Ouranos, the rebellion o
Jun 10, 2016 Pobes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 23, 2010 Tweller83 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
True to the myth and with the comic book format - this will have wide appeal.
Aug 08, 2015 RenkliKitap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quick read with lots of fun mythological information. It's very suitable for young readers, but also adults can enjoy it a lot.
Mar 30, 2017 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This is quick read. Probably more for teenagers rather than little kids, however there is enough in this for people my age into mythology and comics. Love the fact he sticks to the source. I probably have more than I should of mythology books, but I honestly have liked them all. The art and writing in this book are alright, but I still think it's a fun read. Definitely going to read the rest of these.
Eric  Norton
Mar 07, 2017 Eric Norton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is about the start of the world and about how Zeus becomes the king of the gods.

What I thought about the book was it was a lot easier to navigate and a great tale.
Sep 29, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 07, 2010 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 26, 2014 Zachary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 03, 2013 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 28, 2013 Kaycee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Caroline Thompson
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
Apr 15, 2015 Zoe rated it liked it
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
Sep 29, 2011 Patrice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Cid Tyer
Feb 27, 2010 Cid Tyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 04, 2011 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer Mitchell
Mar 15, 2013 Jennifer Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 04, 2013 Toa Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 07, 2010 Jim rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 23, 2010 Handd51 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is outstanding - a graphic retelling of the myths of Zeus, from the very beginning with Kos and Gaea. The story is thorough and exciting, the drawings equally so. Readers who know nothing of Zeus will know much when they finish; students who know the story will have a ddeper understanding of the stories. This is the first of 12 volumes - Athena is already out, and I can't wait to go read it next.
Maggi Rohde
Oct 12, 2010 Maggi Rohde rated it it was amazing
Fans of Percy Jackson will welcome this intense, satisfying tale of the battle between Zeus and the Titans. Muddy, brooding inks perfectly complement crisp outlines in O'Connor's drawings. He presents a nice combination of contemporary storyplot and original mythological source material. I read this out of order with Athena, the second in the series, but it didn't matter at all. Highly recommended, ages 10+.
I really don't understand how this book is so popular. Some of the mythology is wrong, and I get it has to be watered down for kids, but some of the changes were obvious. I'm going to try reading the Athena one to see if they improve, but somehow I doubt it. I don't know if Greco-Roman mythology works for a children's graphic novel series; maybe for adults?
Jan 30, 2010 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, kid-lit, graphic-novel
Very informative and not as confusing as Greek myths usually are to me... great additional information and family tree.

One "adult" joke that kids won't get but parents will:

Metis: The moon would never fit in your hand, Zeus. I've met Selene-- she's way bigger than you.
Zeus: I don't know-- I can grow pretty big.
Metis: Heh
Natalie  Sapkarov Harvey
Never really liked mythology, but now I may be hooked. The beginning of the book was a little hard for me to follow, and I was constantly flipping back to the family tree in the front of the book, but once I got into Zeus' story, I devoured this book. I can't wait for the rest of the series! And how wonderful for all those students begging for more mythology books (yes, they do exist!).
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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 (10 books)
  • Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess (Olympians, #2)
  • Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory (Olympians, #3)
  • Hades: Lord of the Dead (Olympians, #4)
  • Poseidon: Earth Shaker (Olympians, #5)
  • Aphrodite: Goddess of Love (Olympians, #6)
  • Ares: Bringer of War (Olympians, #7)
  • Apollo: The Brilliant One (Olympians, #8)
  • Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt (Olympians, #9)
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