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Hera: The Goddess and her Glory (Olympians #3)

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The story of Hera, Queen of the Gods, and the heroes who won her favor.

Volume 3 of Olympians, Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory, introduces readers to the Queen of the Gods and Goddesses in the Pantheon. This volume tells the tales of the many heroes who sought and won Hera's patronage, most notably Hercules.

In Olympians, O'Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by First Second
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Jul 27, 2011 Betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aw, phooey. Phooey and also consarn it. George O'Connor is making me break my usual rules about reviewing. Generally speaking, when I review the first book in a series I see no need to go about reviewing the rest of the books. I mean, once you've covered the first, you can kick back and assume the rest, right? Plus with all the great new books coming out every single day there's hardly any reason to go about wasting time on a sequel. That's where O'Connor throws me for a loop. I reviewed the fir ...more
Jul 28, 2011 Brianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I got really excited about this book when I read Elizabeth Bird's glowing review. After reading it, I'm reserving high praise because although this book is a respectful and enlightening look at Hera, it's not quite what I thought it would be.

Hera is often portrayed as a real witch because she is frequently persecuting her husband's lovers and illegitimate children. There's some of that happening in this book, but Zeus totally earns her wrath through his immature and irritating behavior. We also
Aug 03, 2011 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)

Wow. I am just blown away by this graphic novel! It is definitely one of my favorite books of 2011.

Everything was perfection from the writing, the art, the flow of events, and the insight into Hera, Zeus, and Hercules. It would be impossible not to notice how much George O'Connor cares about these myths and these gods, especially Hera. The love all but oozes off of every page, and his storytelling is just as skillful as it was in the first two books of his Oly
Jenna Jakubowski
Jan 12, 2016 Jenna Jakubowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hera is a goddess that wants all her promises kept. I felt bad for her when Zeus didn't keep his promise. I loved how she keep her promise. But, she does have a way of doing things to Zeus' other wives!!
This book may be titled "Hera", but the good majority of it is actually about Hercules. At the very beginning you get two more Hera-centric episodes. First comes Zeus' courtship of Hera and their wedding, and second is the story of Io being turned into a cow (we never see what becomes of Io past her transformation). I found it interesting that in the story of their wedding, it seems very emphasized that Metis has only been Zeus' queen and not his wife, unlike Hera. It felt like a strange justifi ...more
You wouldn't think that there would be a fresh way to tell the Greek myths, but you'd be wrong. O'Connor is brilliant. He's managed to drag stale old stories into the 21st century, and he's managed to make them better. Here Hera isn't just a stereotype of a jealous wife, she's a clever, clever woman, with plans of her own and a much longer view than the others gods, who are an impulsive, impetuous lot.

Most of the story here is about Heracles and his ten twelve great tasks. And let me just point
Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
May 23, 2015 Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment) by: Zoe
After Athena my life for this series lowered, but Hera restored it completely. I enjoyed this volume most of all so far and I cannot imagine that the upcoming volumes will surpass it. O'Connor mentions somewhere within the novel that Hera is his favorite goddess and it is very clear to me on every page, as I had never cared about Hera before, but walked away from this book adoring her. This is the kind of character appreciation piece that I adore. And I have to mention that I love the small ways ...more
Apr 15, 2015 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third volume is on Hera 3.6/5

Plot- I enjoyed the plot for Hera but it wasn't the best thing ever, I was learning mostly about Hercules and Athena ect , I did really like the parts about Hera and Zeus getting married.The plot is a solid 3/5.

Character- I think Hera was captured well , I mean a lot of people hate Hera but she was basically forced to marry Zeus out of shame and he proceeded to cheat on her regularly. So over all O'Connor created his version of Hera in away where she is seen as
Miss Clark
I actually quite liked Hera in this!

I also appreciated the author's highlighting the labors of Heracles as a way to earn his godhood rather than as a means of redemption for murdering his children due to a Hera-induced craze. As George said in the afterword: "The added bonus (of taking that direction) was that it rescued both characters - the murdering of innocent children is a heavy deed, one that weighs down both Heracles and Hera in unrelenting tragedy and contemptibility."

I liked the image o
I was expecting a totally different book with Hera as the title character. She's always depicted as a raging bitch. But with Zeus as her husband, who can blame her? I get that she can't directly retaliate against him but I always felt bad about the women and children who were on the wrong side of Hera's wrath. She's a bit of a doozy and scary as hell. But O'Connor showed her in a different light. She's just a wife who's tired of her cheating husband. She's gotta do something to take the edge off ...more
Jun 10, 2016 Pobes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most movies and books call him Hercules, although it's his Roman name. I guess Hercules sounds more heroic that Heracles. When I think off Heracles, I don't think of a black bottom guy who is sweaty and has killed many beasts. I think of a person who uses magic or is a deity. (Although the guy did become a god after he died, but you know what I mean, do you?)
Jan 05, 2017 Lindsay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hera really doesn't come off the best in this, but she rarely does. She's not my favorite, but it was still a good read.
Mar 06, 2017 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was about Hera which is one of Zeus's wives that one day one of the gods found a baby boy and had to give the baby to Hera for breast milk so the baby could survive. Once the baby was healthy enough the gods gave the baby back and said that once the baby grows up he has to do 10 favors to come back to Olympus. The babies name was Hercules and soon grew up and figured out that he had to do those 10 favors so he could go back to Olympus.

I thought this book was an OK book because i'm a pe
Collin Schock
This book is mostly about Zeus's wife, and her child. She gave Hercules her milk to make her stronger. It is about Hera's way through life, who she interacts with, and what she does. Zeus fears for her, and wants her safe. It is hera's adventure.

I really enjoyed this book because it was an easy quick read. It was easy to understand and had lots of pictures. It was a comic, so I really enjoyed it. I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars because it was easy, but it didn't have much detail.
Will Schaeuble
This book was a little hard to follow along with mainly because I'm not familiar with Greek mythology, but other than that the stories about Hercules and Hera were very interesting. The book was also very well drawn.
Dj Duve
A very average book written in the form of a comic. Nothing very exciting just a story that seems to have been told too many times being told again. The non-standard form of writing was rather entertaining though.
Jan 03, 2017 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great Greek myth! Well done!
Rania Mohemmane
Jan 09, 2016 Rania Mohemmane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hera is a comic book written by George O’Connor. This story is mainly about the goddess Hera and the highlights of her life. This comic book had numerous settings but it mainly takes place on Earth and Mount Olympus. Hera is the goddess of childbirth, marriage, family, and women. She is the wife of Zeus and queen of the gods. Hera has many enemies; she was a very jealous and vengeful goddess. The story first begins when Hera watches how Zeus treats all of his queens and she was really disgusted. ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar

“In all the cosmos, there is only one being that Zeus, the king of the gods is afraid of… his queen, Hera”
The comic of Hera: The Goddess and her Glory begins after Zeus eats Metis on the previous volume. On the first volume of the series, we saw that Zeus already had an interest for Hera. He rescued her when their father Kronos threw them up, not letting her touch the ground like their other siblings.

Zeus starts to court
Maximilian Lee
Mar 05, 2017 Maximilian Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because I like the GREEK GODS. I also liked this book because I like the Olympians.
Eric  Norton
Mar 08, 2017 Eric Norton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is about Zeus getting a wife and that he cheats and the quests that Heracles has to do.

I think that the book was good and a great tale.
Nov 01, 2011 Rosa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is more of a review for the series thus far than for this title in particular... I started reading these books with high hopes & much enthusiasm over the genius idea of retelling the Greek myths in graphic novel format, but am less than impressed with the actual execution. While the art is dynamic, engaging, and on occasion even breathtaking, the writing falls short; there's no higher meaning to any of these retellings of Zeus, Athena, or Hera - it just feels like a collection of their ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Noor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The graphic novel Hera: The Goddess and her Glory by George O’Connor is a simple and intriguing novel pertaining to Greek mythology. It depicts the life of Hera specifically, the wife of Zeus, and the goddess of women and marriage. It illustrates her life from before she was “queen” to well in her reign. Even though most of the novel pertains to her life, Hercules and his life- risking “labors” to please Hera are also a prominent part of the novel’s plot. Hera gives Hercules 10 extremely difficu ...more
Sep 11, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is the third book in the Olympians series of graphic novels by George O'Connor. It's an entertaining and dramatically illustrated version of the classic Greek mythology. It features the story of Hera, how she came to be wife and queen to Zeus, a few of the stories about how she exacted revenge on the women who were romantically linked to Zeus, and the story of Heracles.

Our girls love Greek Mythology and we've read a lot of books that feature various Gods and Goddesses. We've really enjoyed
As posted on Outside of a Dog:

Hera, the Goddess and Her Glory – Man has this graphic novel series from George O’Connor got legs. The first two volumes, Zeus and Athena were fabulous adaptations of the Greek myths, and this installment is no different. It is part the story of Hera, goddess of the air, the sky, marriage and childbirth, and that of Heracles (Hercules to you Roman fans), whose name literally means “The Glory of Hera”. O’Connor opens his story by calling Hera the only thing great Zeu
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
Nov 19, 2011 Bdalton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you loved Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series and can't get enough of Greek mythology, check out Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory. This is the third book in a series of graphic novels about Greek Mythology. While the beginning of the graphic novel suggests that this will tell the story of Hera, the one creature that Zeus fears, this book is mostly the story of Heracles, the only Greek hero to become immortal. Heracles means Glory of Hera, and it is through her persecution o ...more
Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)
Hera is not my favorite goddess from Greek mythology. She is always depicted as a shrew, jealous, and petty wife of Zeus. In the third volume of the Olympian series, however, Hera is a given a chance to appear more nuanced and multi-layered character rather than just being Zeus’ long-suffering, acid-tongued queen. Interestingly O'Connor chooses to retell the 10 labors of Heracles myth to give Hera a personality makeover since it is widely thought Hera hated Heracles, the illegitimate son of her ...more
Ash Rowe
Apr 18, 2015 Ash Rowe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

So I was debating on wether to give it 4 or 5 stars only because even though this one is called Hera there seemed to be a lot more of Hercules stories in it. In the end I gave it 5 because I honestly enjoyed all the stories that were told.

I’m reading these along with my 8 year old. He was not impressed by Hera but I was. I think it was great to get a kind of different interpretation of her instead of the one I had where she was just a rightfully vengeful wife. I mean most of the things that hap
Sarah B.
My 8-year-old Greek-myth-obsessed daughter loved this book, and pressed it into my hands saying I HAD to read it. That's a pretty strong recommendation!

I love Hera, and I learned a lot about her here than I knew before. Most of what I learned was in the terrific footnotes, however, and not in the story. 40 out of the 66 pages of this book about Hera are actually about Heracles. Heracles has a great story! Many books and movies (and cheesy tv shows, don't get me started) have been made about Hera
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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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Olympians (9 books)
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  • Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess (Olympians, #2)
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