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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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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
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
(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
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
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 27, 2015 Sylwia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sylwia 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
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
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
Not as much fun as Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess.

I feel stupid for not seeing the name of Hera in Heracles and ignorant for not knowing how the most over-the-top of Greek heroes was renamed in Hera's honor. As George O'Connor notes, it does raise big questions about the Hercules myths as usually presented in the Western canon and pulp re-tellings. Was Heracles a hero cursed to have his own name remind him of his Olympian nemesis, or are the stories of his labors those of a hero of the Queen of the G
Ash Rowe

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
This is a well-crafted, well-drawn and approachable graphic novel featuring the goddess Hera and the Labours of Heracles. Hera is defined by O'Connor as a beautiful strong woman who often towers over her cowering husband, Zeus, and Zeus is depicted as a young, white-haired man in his early twenties, as opposed to the 50/60-something Zeus (in mortal appearance terms) commonly depicted in popular culture. The story is a joy to read, particularly the origins of Zeus and Hera and Heracles' Labours, ...more
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
Maybe because author George O'Connor admits Hera is his favorite goddess, did I find this installment of the Olympians Series the best so far. It is refreshing to see Hera not only as a jealous wife, but instead as a complex female goddess. I really appreciate the author's notes at the end of each volume as O'Connor takes the reader through why he chose to explore some parts of a myth or delve into unknown parts of a hero, or even his own interpretation of the information as we know it through a ...more

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“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
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
Becky B
A retelling of Zeus' pursuit of Hera, and her ways of keeping her frivolous husband away from other women. This includes the myths involving Io a tiny bit, but primarily Heracles (aka Hercules) and his tasks.

A very interesting retelling of the myths. Hera usually doesn't get a ton of focus, but it was insightful the way O'Connor put together several of the myths where Hera does things to get revenge on Zeus for wandering around and getting involved with other goddesses and women. Kids will proba
Christina (Christina's Book Corner)
Hera: The Goddess and her Glory by George O'ConnorMy rating: 4 of 5 starsThe 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 and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories a ...more
Elizabeth A
This graphic novel is the third volume in the Olympians series for kids.

So Hera. Jealous. Bitchy. Well, she certainly had reason to be. I mean she was married to Zeus. Womanizer Zeus. I was looking forward to reading about Hera, and while there is a little bit about her, this book is more about Heracles. Don't get me wrong, he is an interesting character, and my childhood crush Jason - he of the Golden Fleece - has a cameo, but I wanted more Hera and less boys. You know what I mean? This is a fu
Synopsis: "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 and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren’t sedate, scholarly works. They’re action-packed, fast-pa
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

This much awaited 3rd volume in The Olympians series was quickly read up. I'm quite familiar with the contents of this one and enjoyed the author's presentation of events. There are many stories and versions the author had his pick of which way he could go with these characters and he's chosen an age appropriate story and one which connects Hera and Heracles together perfectly. While the book does tell the story of Hera, there does come a point went it beco
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
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
The third installment of George O'Connor's Olympians series features the Queen of the Gods, and gives us a pretty good idea of why she's so vindictive and vengeful in the myths. Of the three I'd read to this point, this one was my favorite: I liked that the author showed Hera's journey from maiden goddess to Zeus' wife, and allowed us to get inside her head a bit. With all that Zeus put her through, she's amazing for sticking with him! I also liked that we basically got the story of Heracles as ...more
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
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
Andy Shuping
brief notes:

Continuing his series on the Olympians, O'Connor now takes us on the journey of Hera and how she became Queen of the Olympians. I've got to be honest and say that Hera has never been my favorite of the Olympians, she's always been depicted as cruel and hateful by every writer that I've encountered, so I was eager to see how O'Connor would portray her...but I was left a bit disappointed. O'Connor focuses the majority of the book on the story of Heracles with Hera only making brief app
Kailey M.
I absolutely loved Zeus:King of the Gods so I knew I had to read this next installment in the Olympian series. I love Greek Mythology and I couldn't wait to read this book about Hera! You can tell the author,George O'Conner, has a love of Greek mythology too. He writes these stories with heart, humor and great emotion. The book is full of monsters, explosions, romance and lots of drama. It tells how many of the Greek heroes fought for Hera's heart, especially Hercules. I never cared for Hera muc ...more
This volume tells the story of Hera's marriage to Zues, the story of Hera and Heracles and a brief explanation of how Hera embodies the the stages of women hood, which I found really interesting b/c it kind of allows you to trace Hera down through other religions.

Hera was always one of my least favorite goddesses mainly b/c I have always heard the negative take on her tale. The one where she is basically a terror to Heracles. I really like this version of events b/c to me it makes more sense fo
Maddy Piller
I enjoyed the novel even though I'm not quite a fan of graphic novels. I do however like Greek mythology so it was interesting to see a different perspective on the Gods and their relationship to Heracles. I did like the way the novel was laid out, it wasn't confusing or hard to read at all. I recommend this novel to anyone who is interested in Greek mythology and knows some background knowledge on the subject.
Jonathan Contreras
I give this book 5 stars because it made me learn a lot of new stuff about Hera and her life. It had scary, exciting, and happy parts of the book. I recommend this book to people who like to read about Greek Mythology. The author makes these series so good and he knows a lot of facts about the gods and goddess that will surprise you. He has other books like these if you like to read about Greek Mythology, such as zeus, poseidon, athena, hades, and etc. He will make you get hooked somehow and som ...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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Olympians (8 books)
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  • Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess (Olympians, #2)
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