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The Iliad

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  570 ratings  ·  170 reviews
In a companion volume to his award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey, the incomparable graphic novelist Gareth Hinds masterfully adapts Homer's classic wartime epic.

More than three thousand years ago, two armies faced each other in an epic battle that rewrote history and came to be known as the Trojan War. The Iliad, Homer's legendary account of this nine-year ordeal, is
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Candlewick Press
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Katherine Wren This particular adaptation, in graphic novel format, breathes new life into this story. There are many adaptations of the epic attributed to Homer. Li…moreThis particular adaptation, in graphic novel format, breathes new life into this story. There are many adaptations of the epic attributed to Homer. Like any retelling or adaptation, it has its own release date and credits the author/illustrator who spent so much time reworking this masterpiece for more a more modern audience.(less)

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Amalia Gavea
‘’How I wish that Discord could be banished from the world.’’

There have been many novels that chose the greatest war story of all time as their setting. Trilogies, plays, you name it. This graphic novel by Gareth Hinds is probably the best adaptation I’ve ever encountered.

Narrating the rhapsodies of Homer’s immortal epic is no easy task. However, Hinds succeeds in transferring the Trojan War in the contemporary art of the Graphic novel and retaining the beauty of the Homeric language and the vi
“This is not the story of the Trojan War. Or at least not the whole story.
. . .
The war was fought over a woman. Or possibly an apple, or a lot of gold, or control of trade routes. Here’s what supposedly happened: the two mightiest gods, Zeus and Poseidon, were both attracted to a sea-nymph named Thetis.”

This is a long, full-on graphic novel, not a short comic book. I have not compared it to official versions – I can’t say original, because this was written around the 12th century BCE (befor
May 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
I don't know how many of you out there went to Sunday School as children, but I remember having to read these god-awful children's books with truly ugly art depicting bible tales. Watercolor, with bland-as-hell poses and expressions for everyone... all so worthless that I wished they had just done without the pictures altogether. Maybe the bland tales, too.

"But wait," you say, "This is supposed to be the Iliad! It's exciting and tragic and it has gods and heroes and that damn horse!"

Yeah, well,
Wow. There is a lot going on in this book. Like a super lot. For me, someone who is not well-versed in the Iliad or Greek mythology, this was just too dense.

Reading this felt a bit like trying to watch all 8 seasons of Game of Thrones condensed into one season. The result is a massive info dump of character names and relationships and that doesn't leave a ton of room for engaging story. I chose to read this because I thought it would be an easier way to familiarize myself with the stories. I th
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, netgalley-2019
I typically love mythology, especially Greek mythology, but this gets bogged down by too many details. I don't need to know the 50 people each character killed in battle and who each of those people's dads were. I often found myself skimming through the book to finish. After dragging through 272 pages, the story of the Trojan war isn't finished either. It ends where the Iliad ends, after Achilles and Hector's final battle. It drags on for too long after that, giving the book an unsatisfying endi ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Yeah, I definitely wouldn't have gotten through this one in the original format. Hinds cut out a lot of stuff, but still 70% of the story was dedicated to describing which warrior died and how, plus what was plundered and fought over, and what was sacrificed to one god or another. I skimmed over those parts.

Even in such abridgement, I did get a good picture of Greek life though. The emphasis on warrior "glory” (i. e. desecrating enemy corpses, stealing armor off the dead bodies, raping and ensla
May 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE the Iliad and the Odyssey so when I saw this on a friend's timeline here, I requested the ARC from Netgalley and was really happy when I got approved. That happiness died a very quick but unfortunately still very painful death.

The story is almost as old as literature itself. An epic confrontation between several Greek city states (led by Agamemnon and his brother, helped by lesser lords) against the legendary kingdom of Troy.
Helen and Paris, Hector and Priam, Achilles and Patroclus
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Homer's epic war poem The Iliad, set in ancient Greece, is one of the most revered classics of all time, and it's quite a tough read for many, so I was excited to discover this graphic novel version which I thought would be especially perfect for introducing youngsters to Homer's works. However, I'm afraid there were a number of issues. It was very difficult to read as the words ran into one another, and I felt describing it as a graphic novel was a bit of a misrepresentation; it's more accurate ...more
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Rating: 4 stars
HEA: You know it’s not going to happen
“I’ll never follow your orders again if you take Briseis. And should you lay claim to anything else of mine, your blood will soak my spear.”

The Iliad has always been my favorite of the three classics. I don’t know exactly why, but I guess there’s something unequivocally sad and melancholic about Achilles’s character and the madness he experienced after Patroclus’s death. The same madness that drove him to kill Hector and fulfill that
Kimberly Carrington-Fox
It looks like an oldish book, with simple artwork (pencils, maybe?) and too much text. I love The Iliad and, although I think this graphic novel can be perfect for the youngsters to get to know the classic story, for me it was a little dissapointing. Don't expect something like 300, this is the story (not only the Trojan horse but the whole story) with drawings. I think it's great for aproaching to Homer's tale but not so much for people that have read the original many times, like myself.
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
DNF @ 27%

I've read The Iliad so many times I can't count, and I was really excited to see the story put into graphic novel form. Unfortunately it just wasn't what I hoped or expected. What I ended up with was just a rehashing of the same story with a few drawn panes that felt hasty and unnecessary. I was hoping for more story through depiction of the art work and short thought/text bubbles like a typical graphic novel but it became apparent by a quarter through it that it brought nothing new to
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Well written, accurate, faithful to the original. Unfprtunately, I actively disliked the art. I'm sure others will love it, though.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
The Iliad is a cautionary tale for our time.

It's an old story, from around the twelfth century B.C. and the reader can't help but feel glad we don't live in times such as these. Men grow angry with each other. They steal others' possessions. They seek vengeance for wrongs done to them. They attack each other, and they are vicious in their attacks, slashing with spears, brutally killing and maiming. They go to war against each other, and their wars last for years. They relish the cruelty they do
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Though this certainly makes The Iliad more accessible to a lot of people that may never have attempted to read Homer's epic I don't think this makes it very exciting. The text is often poorly chosen (lists of names, description of action that could have been drawn into the panel, long speeches that don't say much) and the panels lack a sense of action a lot of the time. I do think it improved at the end where it at least included some well conveyed emotion.
Jason Furman
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gareth Hinds is a brilliant graphic novel adapter of classic works, among the best if not the best. I've read his The Odyssey several times and was thrilled when he came out with The Iliad. It is a full and faithful adaptation, done in 24 books that include everything of significance in the original with relatively little compression and nothing notable (at least to my mind) omitted. The drawings are muscular, bloody, and at times painful. The gods are lighter, partly translucent and floating ab ...more
Jim Angstadt
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
The Iliad
Gareth Hinds (Goodreads Author)

The basic story flow was well done and I have no quibbles with any omissions. In fact I view the brevity as a big plus. It can attract readers that may want a quick introduction to the story.

Throughout the work, the graphics matched the flow of the story, and were helpful in expressing emotional content. There are three graphics at the end of "Book 2 - The Armies" that were very helpful in understanding the layout and battlefield of the two armies. I had n
Faith Hough
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don't let the graphic novel format fool you into thinking this is a dumbed-down version of Homer's classic work. Rather, its gorgeous illustrations, maps, and character charts (the latter two are a brilliant addition) provide a new facet or two to the work, while still maintaining the same story, same gorgeous (albeit abridged) language, and plenty of the same epic violence. If your children are not ready for reading about spears through heads, bloody battles, and the like, then hold off on this ...more
Ms. Yingling
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Long ago in Ancient Greece, a prince of Troy, Paris, steals the most beautiful woman in the world from another prince, Menelaus of Sparta. Unfortunately, when Menelaus won Helen as his bride, he made all the other Greek leaders swear allegiance to him. Paris' action puts the Greek war machine into motion, and soon Troy is besieged. This goes on for a very long time, and there is a lot of drama over whether men want to be there (Odysseus famously tries to get out of fighting), how the fighting sh ...more
An interesting new way to experience Homer’s familiar story about the Trojan war, The Iliad. The illustrations disappointed me at first (I have to agree with some of the remarks stating they kind of reminded them of illustrations in old bibles for children), but still I was sucked into the story fairly quickly, and as mentioned, really enjoyed taking in the story this way. Will pick up Hinds’ The Odyssey immediately.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This is sort of a mixed bag. I really wouldn't call it a graphic novel--more like an illustrated story. You have the pictures that go along with the narrative describing what is happening. For me it was hard to get into.
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
This graphic novel retelling of Homer's Iliad was not quite what I expected. It's much too word-heavy for a graphic novel, and I found myself bogged down in the text. Most of the panels have so much text that there is barely room for the artwork. And the artwork itself is nothing special. I didn't care for the cartoony look, and it just didn't grab my attention. It looks somewhat amateur, or hastily drawn.

If you are a big fan of the Iliad, you might like this, but I did not enjoy reading it. Us
B.A. Wilson
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I love this concept of telling the story of the Iliad using a graphic novel, but I confess that I did still struggle to push through this, often caught myself skimming, and probably didn’t absorb much of it. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting, as it has very text heavy panels and the art is a bit rough around the edges, with an almost biblical feel.

It can be a challenging read in its original format, with all of the different characters. They did a good job of trying to include identifiers t
Thomas Ray
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent comic-book adaptation of The Iliad. 252 pages, plus 15 useful pages of map (pp. 254-255), cast of main characters, scene-setting prologue, insightful notes, short bibliography.

It's short enough to easily keep in mind what happens.

Yet the feeling of the comic is, "that was them." With the "real thing," The Iliad of Homer, I feel, "This is us! This is who we are as men in Western Civilization." I feel the pull of getting in a boat with fifty of my mates, crossing the sea and sacking Troy
Mar 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
This was horrible. This was not what I was expecting from a graphic novel. It is essentially a book with random (bad) small pictures thrown into it. Not the traditional format of a graphic novel at all. This was just down right bad to read as an ebook as well. The writing was all messed up and sentences were mixing together so the story itself made no sense. Hopefully a print version of this will be a lot better. I liked the idea of making older stories easier to read in graphic novel form but t ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
*Physical ARC kindly provided by Candlewick Press*

I think this could be a good way to reach new readers of the classic, but for me, it just didn't hit the mark. Maybe it was because the artwork wasn't in color (as I read the ARC), but something about it just didn't flow well. It was confusing at times, how it was written, and the characters were hard to tell apart (but that's just the bad luck of there being so many in The Illiad!). That war touched hundreds of lives, all because of the ficklene
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best adaptation of the Iliad ever, and really brought the plot and the characters to life. Seriously loved it!

(Friendly word to the wise: the Iliad is essentially a story about war and naturally there are a lot of battle scenes. The author stays true to the original and includes depictions of the fighting, so please be aware that the images can be quite bloody and probably not be suited for some age groups.)
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m really excited about this amazing graphic novel adaptation of Homer’s Iliad! Hinds’ excellent grasp of the intricacies of the ancient tale, combined with his stunning artwork, made this book a pure pleasure for me to spend time with. It’s an incredible, original retelling. I look forward to checking out other works by Gareth Hinds.
Kate Elizabeth
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a gorgeous and accessible form of a great classic. I love how the author truly kept the spirit of the epic, while just simply adding beautiful illustrations. I could see many kids being enthralled by the action and the depictions, and I hope to really promote this book, especially to my crew of action fiction and graphic novel fans.
Bradon Hepworth
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
I read this book 3 times now and what I’m noticing is that they are basically about the Trojans (blue) and the Archives (red) and the gods of Ancient Greek.
Achilles gets mad at Hector for killing his son or friend (it said both in the book) and he goes out to war with armor and a shield w/ spear made from the god Hephaestus and kills Hector and every man out there (on the Archives side) left a mark on him.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I haven't read The Iliad by Homer yet, but this seems to be an interesting adaptation, even if I think that the ratio of text and images wasn't always optimally balanced.
I could imagine giving this graphic novel to teens as an introduction to the epic of Homer.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Candlewick Press for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Gareth Hinds is the creator of critically-acclaimed graphic novels based on literary classics, including Beowulf (which Publisher’s Weekly called a “mixed-media gem”), King Lear (which Booklist named one of the top 10 graphic novels for teens), The Merchant of Venice (which Kirkus called “the standard that all others will strive to meet” for Shakespeare adaptation), The Odyssey (which garnered fou ...more

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