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Hades by George O'Connor
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Mar 08, 12

bookshelves: graphic-novel, myth
Read from March 06 to 08, 2012


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 surely teenager.

Surly, that is, until Hades does his kidnapping- thing, and it’s a little while before her natural inclination towards telling people off can overcome her terror.

So, a mother in distress and a daughter falling in love. The old, old story has been updated here with very nice artwork and modern and relatable prose.

I would highly recommend this as an introduction to the Greek myth for the middle school crowd – especially for those having trouble keeping track of all the zany characters running around in the bards’ tales.
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