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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  447 ratings  ·  105 reviews
The Panagakos family are descendents of Pandora, their family tasked with protecting Pandora’s box and capturing the monsters that have escaped over the years. When Charlie, Janet, and Trevor accidentally break the box, it’s up to the three of them to fix it before their family finds out...or worse...

What starts out as a typical family vacation to Grandma and Grandpa's hou
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by KaBOOM! (first published 2018)
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Cassie
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
this had siblings and a talking cat, who under circumstances turned out to be a titan, aka prometheus. like, if this doesn’t make you want to read it then idk what will.

also, this!! ending!!
my lifespan just expanded a few years. oh my, it was so adorable. i loved this graphic novel. it’s full of adventure, supernatural creatures, friendship, family, and lots of charm and sarcasm.

i laughed, i smiled, and i almost cried. please go read this because, honestly, i want to curl up and read it all
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Maia
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
The art in this book is very pleasing, but the story is fairly slight. Three siblings chase their cat into the forest and stumble upon a hidden temple to the Greek gods. They break a jar, and release some version of Pandora's curse on their small town- almost immediately, monsters begin attacking them. Confusingly, the first monster they face is a chupacabra, a creature who comes from South America myths, and later they see a jabberwocky, which comes from Lewis Carrol's poetry. These both felt o ...more
Jonathan Khan
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful, adventurous story full of diverse characters and mythical creatures. Siblings; Charlie, Jan and Trevor stumble into a mysterious hidden grotto filled with ancient statues. Trevor, being the mischievous teen he is, accidentally breaks a jar that is held by one of the statues, which turns out to be the legendary Pandora’s Box. Set free from the box are all the monsters that have been contained by magic as well as the titan, Prometheus who now possesses the family cat and explains the ...more
Ian Roditi
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice art and fun characters ❤️

I would read a second one if it comes someday.
The Carrion Librarian
Beautiful art.

The in media res/flashback structure might be too confusing for the intended audience as the delineation between the present and the past isn't very clear.

The volume should also probably have been a tad longer if it's going to be a standalone (especially if you're going to have such a large cast of characters).
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Marie the Librarian
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
An okay and exciting story with a dash of mythology!
Moony (Captain Mischief) MeowPoff
I am a sucker for mythology and the good vs. evil. Besides who cannot love a talking chubby cat? Po-mothehus was so cute. The pages just flew by.
Bailey Shrewsbury
Nov 01, 2021 rated it liked it
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anna ✩
Jan 29, 2022 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

The illustrations are gorgeous and the story is super fast paced and fun!
Devann
actual rating: 3.5

This was a fun little graphic novel about a group of siblings who are descendants of Pandora and have to re-capture some monsters after they accidentally let them out of the box again. The art in this is gorgeous [also their cat is adorable] and the story was a lot of fun but ultimately I think it was too short and everything felt very rushed toward the end. I was sure it was going to end of a cliffhanger despite being marked as a standalone but they managed to just barely reso
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Linda
3.5
Beautiful art, but the story felt a bit rushed.
Juliette
Aug 04, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology
A cute and fun adventure story. I liked the use of mythology but it was a bit too repetitive and easy for my liking.
Emma
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bea
The Panagakos family are descendants of Pandora. For generations the family has worked to protect Pandora's box and guard against the dangerous monsters it contains.

Except no one ever told younger siblings Charlie, Janet, or Trevor about that. When the three of them find (and break) a mysterious jar in the wood near their grandparents' house, they have no idea what they've unleashed.

Lacking their older siblings' training, not to mention their weapons, Charlie, Janet, and Trevor will have to band
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Suzanne
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Three siblings follow their cat into the woods, and stumble onto a strange site full of classical statues. After knocking over a jar and breaking it, they discover that their cat is now possessed by Prometheus. They also learn that they are descendants of Pandora, and find themselves fighting off creatures such as chupacabras, homicidal mermaids, and a bankunawa - to name a few.

Imagine typical teens sorting out the powers of the various monsters and trying to get the backstory from Prometheus (
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Bianca
Not for me but also not *for* me so ok I guess.

Extremely fast paced, very middle grade, cute illustrations, but barely establishes a platform for what the hell is going on (and why) before you're in the thick of it. I feel like it could benefit from at least a handful of clear cut panels that explain things more definitively. The pacing kind of reminds me of manga, which is another genre that usually ends up being hard for me to read.

Definitely see this being popular with younger readers who lik
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Niamh
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Enjoyed the premise of this story but just felt it needed more room to develop. Lots of parts just felt rushed and too quickly resolved, a deeper exploration of the mythology Leopard was introducing (idea of descendants) would have given this novel much more depth. The artwork, especially the depiction of the gods, was just amazing - definitely some of my favourite graphic novel artwork. Would love to see a continuation of this story with a longer next edition that allows for more room for deepe ...more
tony dillard jr
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Trevor and his sisters, twins Janet and Charlie, are just about to beginning summer vacation at their grandparents house when their beloved cat Po, escapes his carrier. Fleeing into the woods, the siblings chase after their cat and make an amazing discovery. In the middle of the woods is a derelict cottage filled with ancient looking statues. When Trevor breaks a vase that one of the statues is holding, the siblings unknowingly release an army of mythical creatures. For you see, that Grecian urn ...more
Sara I
Clearly it has been too long since I have read any middle-grade/juvenile fiction, I was blown away by this one! I knew after reading the synopsis and seeing the cover that I wanted to read it. However, now having gotten my hands on a copy and having read it, wow. I know that this is not only a graphic novel that I enjoyed as an adult but one I would have loved as a younger reader. I fully plan on trying to force my baby sister to read this, later. Pandora's Legacy is a book perfect for readers w ...more
DeAnne
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
I was really excited reading the description of this graphic novel, descendants of Pandora who have to deal with Pandora's box being opened? Yes please. The banter between the siblings and the humor woven throughout was spot on and helped the story move along quickly. The artwork was so vibrant and dynamic and I loved how each of the monsters shown were illustrated.

There were points where things were written in Greek and one instance where Korean was used and I wish there had been a translation
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SuperSillySerra
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Silly, funny, and I legit learned a few things about Greek Gods.

The art is fun and I really liked the characters designs. This book has quite a few gods and creatures in it. My favorite was probably Arachne (although the mermaids were pretty cool too.). It is for young readers and I was able to read it within an hour or so. With it being under Kaboom, there isnt any adult themes really, but I still enjoyed the ride. It is short and I wished they would have had more time to focus on the details o
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Nick
This book was really cute, but at times the cuteness was at odds with the serious parts of the story. Also, it had "first volume syndrome" in that we don't meet several important characters until the end of the story, and we still don't know why the family had kind of ignored several thousand years of tradition, in terms of training the children to potentially save the world. It's made clear that the family still believes in that goal, so what the bleep is going on?
I will be interested in seeing
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Alex

Gorgeous art, clearly a primary requirement for me to even consider reading a graphic novel. Excellently realistic middle grade characters, with variegated reactions to the drama between them, but also with varied reactions to things within a single character (like the fact that the cat can talk is way more bizarre to one of them than the idea of monsters prowling around town, but one just takes talking cat in stride while being unable to wrap their head around the concept of a family secret).

Be
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Dolores
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A visit to their grandparents goes off the rails when Charlie, Janet and Trevor find a shed in the woods filled with ancient statues. Trevor accidentally breaks a jar one of the statues is holding, inadvertently setting all the monsters it contains free. The children, to their surprise, discover that their family are descendants of Pandora and that they have until sunset to catch all the monsters they have released. This is a pretty engaging adventure with some sly humor. The mythology didn't se ...more
connie
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Wasn't a fan of this one. It movies way too quickly, leaves no room for development of characters and plot to the point where I honestly didn't know what was going on. I felt no attachment to any of the characters just because of the issues in pacing. It really is a shame, because the art is beautiful, and I feel like with more time and development this could have been a great story with all the mythology links. ...more
Aud
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Too much plot, not enough depth, so even the plot felt sketchy and rushed. Such a cool idea, but it needed more space to grow. We barely got to know ANY of the characters, so their fates didn’t seem that important. There was no time to build a rapport with them, and there was no time to settle into the world or the quest or any of it. I was actually pretty sad - I was looking forward to this, but it just plain needed more pages to develop in. Boo.
Sandra
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was okay. I feel like there was too much tell when it came to plot (exposition is still exposition, even if it's a talking cat that's somehow also a Titan), and any characterization was sacrificed to speed and fighting.

Also, all the easily identifiable villains are female? All the male monsters in Greek mythology and they cherry-pick the female ones and imply Zeus is a good guy?!

(What the heck is the Jabberwocky doing in here? Just saying...)
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Rosie
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
This comic/graphic novel has everything: a talking cat, Greek mythology, lesbian mum's, brilliant creatures and the most delightful art style! This would have definitely faired better with a deeper plot, some character exploration and a longer buildup. This definitely felt like a quick story board of what could be an entire series of well sculpted bonds and adventure. I do hope they consider it in the future! ...more
Bill Coffin
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely splendid tale that brings Greek myth into the modern day, and the family of kids who realize - nearly too late - their very important role in it all. Terrific writing by Kara Leopard on a story that works for all ages, and sublime artwork from Kelly & Nichole Matthews, whose linework evokes the best of Miyazaki and whose rich colors evoke the best of Lynn Varley's watercolors. I honestly did not want this one to end. ...more
Amanda
Sep 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
Not the best. The storyline was weak and not fleshed out enough. There was almost zero exposition. The art design was the only reason I gave it two stars instead of just one. It had potential, but no execution. I don't like giving bad reviews because authors and illustrators work hard, but I didn't enjoy this story. However, I'm sure the younger audience it is suited for might like it better. ...more
Ashley Kempkes
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gn, myths
I think I would have given this three stars if I hadn't read it so quickly - I was rushing, trying to finish it before my lunch break ended and so I don't think I was able to enjoy it fully. I love the idea behind this, and I liked the characters, but I feel like we didn't really get to know the characters- the story felt a little one dimensional in practice. ...more
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