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Hades: Lord of the Dead

(Olympians #4)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  3,506 ratings  ·  351 reviews
Nothing ever changes in the land of the dead.

Deep in this hidden Kingdom beneath the earth, countless spirits await the end of time. Hades, the lord of this dire realm, Waits with them... until one day, the Lord of the Dead takes a wife. Or tries to, anyway.

And then all Hades breaks loose.
Paperback, 77 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by First Second
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Thomas Gangert According to myth - 6 months a year she stays in the underworld - the time when her mother griefs and it is winter. Then Persephone comes back (and wi…moreAccording to myth - 6 months a year she stays in the underworld - the time when her mother griefs and it is winter. Then Persephone comes back (and with her spring) to her mother for 6 months.
In this Comic she lied at first and ate the 6 seeds later, when first coming back to Hades.(less)
Tommy Rittner its about the gods in ancient greece and the lives they have lived, its like a long comic book, i've read this series and its very interesting i would…moreits about the gods in ancient greece and the lives they have lived, its like a long comic book, i've read this series and its very interesting i would reccomend it to you(less)

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I love this series. This is titled Hades and he has little to do with this book really. It is more about Demeter and Persephone, or her original name Kore.

The book starts out talking about what happens when you die and Hades makes his appearance. Then we see him abducting Kore while no one is looking. At first she is pissed and then she realizes she could be important as the Queen of the underworld and her mother Demeter is grating her nerves. Demeter stops letting the earth bare fruit and sear
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Summary: In O'Connor's fourth installment of the Olympians graphic novel series starts with the journey into the Underworld after death but reveals itself to be about the myth of Persephone's abduction and the consequences that follow such. This graphic novel is not only about Hades, but about Demeter and Persephone as well.

What I Think: Persephone's myth is one of my favorites. I love how clever the Greeks were to have such an elaborate tale
George O'Connor creates another stellar installment in his Olympians graphic novel series with Hades: Lord of the Dead. Opening with a description of what you might find as you enter the Underworld, the story shifts into a dramatic retelling of my favorite Greek myth--the Abduction of Persephone.

While his work is based on research from classic and contemporary texts, I like that O'Connor feels confident in re-interpreting the myths and adding clever references to other stories and popular cultu
nova ☼
this was more about persephone than hades, but that’s okay. love them, love this. my first 5 star read of 2019. 💕
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Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Readers are first introduced to the Underworld and the order of operations upon death. After a fierce argument between Kore and her mother, Demeter, she is kidnapped and taken to the Underworld to be Hades' bride. She is resistant at first, but eventually takes an active role in her fate and embraces her new position as the queen-to-be.

Meanwhile, Demeter roams the earth consumed with grief and searches for answers concerning her daughter's disappearance. Upon learning her daughter has been take
Sara Thompson
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in the graphic series The Olympians by George O’Connor. This is an amazing retelling of the story of Hades and Persephone. I was just captivated by the beauty of the drawings and the passion of the characters.
With tons of research into the myths, George O’Connor has created a story that weaves together all the bits and pieces. This telling of the Hades myth is not only touching but opens up a humanity in the Greek Gods that I believe was often missing in the more serious
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth title in the Olympian series, and it certainly does not disappoint. The creator sticks closely to the original story of Demeter, Hades, and Persephone, describing how Hades kidnaps Persephone---once called Kore on Earth--and shows her around his kingdom. While she is gone, Demeter allows the crops to fail as she searches for her daughter. But the twist that this updated story contains involves Persephone coming into her own while in the Underworld. Out from under the control o ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
This graphic novel brings a fresh look to the myth of Hades and Persephone. Much of the dialogue is almost lyrical, in a way that I can easily imagine ancient Greek gods would speak. The artwork is also very nice, and Persephone's physical appearance design was different, she looks more like a Goth girl instead of a Goddess of Spring, but that was cool. Her relationship with Hades is also more equal, he treats her with respect. I would have liked for this graphic novel to be longer, but overall ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
There were two reasons why I picked up this book. First of all, I now know that I like some graphic novels. And this one got great reviews. Second, I had just finished reading The Goddess Test which had Hades (aka Henry) as a main character and I thought it would be fun to brush up on my Greek mythology.

This is the story of Hades and Persephone (and Demeter). It takes the spin that Hades loved Persephone and eventually Persephone loved Hades. And Persephone chose to eat six pomegranate seeds be
Ken Yuen
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the take on expanding Persephone's story. It's a welcome addition to a classic tale. ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Although the title says Hades, the story is more about Demeter, as usually told. As O'Connor tells it, the story is all about Persephone. This is a version of the myth that aligns more with Meg Cabot's Underworld. Here we're shown a young woman with an overly watchful mother who has the first chance in her life to choose what she wants.

The girls and I both love this series for the way O'Connor tells the stories, as well as how he draws them. And I love the back matter, in which he explains the c
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mythology fans
I’m totally clueless right now. I have to write a review for this, and I have no idea what to say.

I’m not really into Greek gods and all, but this was rather… educational? I mean it’s a good read for your general knowledge and if you like these stories you’ll probably enjoy this graphic novel. The illustrations are extremely pleasant, and the whole thing is very easy to read. The printed version will probably be even better.

Why did I choose this if I’m not into these stories? I thought it will b
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
The writer starts his notes by: "I cheated. Hades is not an Olympian."

He justifies this choice by a sexist statement: "Human nature being what it is, readers are going to get more excited about 'Hades: Lord of the Dead' rather than ' Demeter: Goddess of the Harvest'".

He also decides to make Persephone, who just got kidnapped by Hades and forced to marry him and live with him, fall in love with Hades and see her captivity as her first mark of independence away from her controlling mom. I mean, c
Katiya Kawkaw
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful graphic novel! It's obvious the author did his research, and I really like how Hades is drawn in here. The dialogue is also very appropriate for it's time, and I liked Persephone's transformation, she looked much better after she was kidnapped by Hades. You also learn more about the Underworld here, but the author also manages to give a fresh take to this story, so I am definitely interested in checking out his other works! ...more
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved! I've always had a soft spot for Hades, I think he is misunderstood :) and I like the version of Persephone LIKING being the queen of the dead in this book. Big fan of these graphic novel Greek mythology interpretations. Some great discussion questions in the back as well, perfect for teens. ...more
Jun 10, 2016 added it
I never knew that Persephone's original name was Kore. Did Demeter named her Kore as in like a corn's core? I wonder if she likes the Nickelodeon show Legend of Korra. She really has to see Season 5, it was filled with actions and fight scenes!!! ...more
Edward Sullivan
Another stunning interpretation of the Greek myths in O'Connor's Olympians series. ...more
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Once again, O'Connor knocks it out of the park. Well-researched and incredibly well-drawn, with writing and dialogue that sucks you right into the story. Fantastic! ...more
I reviewed these books basically as a whole on the boxed set. ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it

This has been my favorite in the series so far. I am learning so many things about Greek Mythology that I had no clue about. It is the backstory of famous things such as Medusa, the Furies, the Underworld, the seasons etc that are really being brought to light. I think I enjoyed this one a lot because it was one continuous story that seamlessly tied in other minor details instead of a number of myths that at times seem to be forced together. This instalment will definitely be a hit with many
Darcy Roar
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphics, teen
I enjoyed the teen spin O'Connor put on this one with Persephone & Demeter's relationship. It still tells the classic story (kidnapping and all) but it gives Persephone something of a choice and a say in her future. ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I appreciate these graphic novels are giving me new knowledge and appreciation for stories I thought I had known!
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Sep 27, 2019 added it
Hades is my favourite god!
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This book has lots of twists in the story so it will always keep you interested!!
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ivan and I really enjoyed this retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth. I particularly appreciated that in this version Persephone is chafing under her overbearing mother, and she chooses to eat the pomegranate seeds, rather than being tricked into it. That small change gave the character so much more agency, allowing her to choose to spend her time between the underworld and Olympus. The author's justification, that all of the myths involve her in the Underworld, never in Olympus, felt well ...more
Feb 25, 2012 rated it liked it
I keep struggling with these books because I love the idea of them so much, but the execution always leaves me wanting more... to be blunt, I just don't think O'Connor is a particularly strong writer. His language often comes out cheesy and cliched, and more importantly, the directions in which he takes his narratives usually strip them of all emotional heft. I really don't know that much about Greek mythology, so I'm not one of those classicists who's scandalized by O'Connor's decision to put h ...more
Sharon Tyler
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Hades: Lord of the Dead by George O'Connor is a young adult graphic novel scheduled for release on January 31, 2012. It is volume four in the Olympian series. This is another look at the legend of Hades and Persephone. Those already very familiar with the tale will not have many surprises, but there are some new perspectives to the story in this interpretation. Nothing mind blowing, but a reasonable and well-done look at the story behind why we have seasons and the personality of Persephone. Thi ...more
Ash Rowe
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’m pretty sure I’m going to say this for most of these but this one is my favorite!

I am enjoying reading these and discussing the G(r)eek notes in the back with my son. Its has been a fun bonding experience. Of course we can not agree on our favorites. I loved this retelling the most so far compared to the others. He said his favorite is still Athena.

On the artwork I’m a fan as I am with the others.

Hades has always been one of my top three favorite Greek Gods and I’ve always loved the story
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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 (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians, #1)
  • Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess (Olympians, #2)
  • Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory (Olympians, #3)
  • 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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