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Zeus: King of the Gods

(Olympians #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  4,708 ratings  ·  460 reviews
Here's Where It All Starts: the beginning of everything - the world, the gods, and even humanity. Might Kronos, the most terrifying of all the Titans, reigns as the unchallenged tyrant of the cosmos...until his son, the god Zeus, stands up and takes on his own father in a battle intense enough to shatter the universe! Who will emerge triumphant?
Hardcover, 77 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by First Second
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Jan 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Girl walks into my library. I'm putting her age at around nine, maybe ten. Asks if I have any books on Ancient Greece. Turns out the kid is so into Greek mythology that she is willingly learning more about the true history behind that area of the world for her own personal knowledge. In other words, she is every children's librarian's dream patron. I show her what we have and then we get to talking about mythology. She's a huge fan of the D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths so we start talking ficti ...more
I love this series. I had never heard the story of how Zeus got his lightning bolt. This story tells that story. I didn't know the details of Zeus fighting his father and the Titans, I simply knew he overthrew his father. Now I do. George goes and gets great stories about the Greek gods and there is always something new and fresh. There are so many stories to tell about Zeus and all his long list of conquests and yet, George focuses on the beginning of the pantheon of gods we know as Greek mytho ...more
Damon Kimball
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I mean It's not that great but I just wanted to get my 40 book challenge done so I just picked up this book and I was like I should just read this and it turned out pretty good actually. I picked it up because of how detailed and how carefully drawn the pictures were.
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This is a really quick intro to the beginning of the Olympians' reign, but I think it purposely left out a lot of information that could have been included so that later volumes would have it. The art was okay for me, but I didn't find it incredibly jaw-dropping or anything. A solid 3 stars.
Jon Nakapalau
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful retelling of how Zeus became king of the gods!
Nicola Mansfield
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: I am a huge fan of Greek mythology.

This tells the tale of creation from the Greek mythological point of view up to the birth of Zeus. Then it follows Zeus's story, how he battles his father Kronos to become King of the Gods and the founding of the home for the Olympians on Mount Olympus.

Fantastic first book in a new ongoing series retelling the Greek myths. The story here is very well represented going right back to the beginning with Gaea, The Cyclopes, The Hekatonchieres an
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Logan D
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Engaging and quick read but not my type of book I usually like to read. But other than that it was a good graphic novel.
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Titans, Olympians, Cyclopes, Hekatonchieres
Surprised I have never come across this series before, or that no one has done a straight graphic novel adaptation of the Greek myths, to my knowledge.

What I liked about this book was that it's not a "reinterpretation" or modern spin on classic mythology. It is the artist's interpretation, of course, but he has done his research and gone back to the sources. He includes a bibliography, and he's read his Hesiod.

This is the actual Greek origin story, starting with Gaea and Ouranos, the rebellion o
Caroline Thompson
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm hooked! First, it was a fast read. Only about an hour, if you include the extra reading materials the author/illustrator has at the back of the book. I love when you can tell that the author is really invested in giving an accurate portrayal of stories from history. In this case, George O'Connor gives you his bibliography (including some websites that I have to still explore) and recommended titles for younger and older readers. Really appreciate this. This is one of my first graphic novels ...more
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
The gods of the Greeks have a lot in common with modern-day superheroes: superpowers and terrifying foes. In Zeus: King of the Gods, George O’Connor creates a graphic novel that introduces older elementary readers to Greek mythology using the comic book style that brought us modern heroes like Superman. Using the ancient Greek poet Hesiod’s Theogeny as his source, O’Connor describes the origins of the universe, the dominion of the Titans, and the victorious rebellion of Zeus and his Olympian sib ...more
Toa Anderson
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Zeus: King of gods is the first book in a new graphic novel series about the stories and myths of the old Greek Gods. And its sort of awesome. The art is wonderful. Even without a dialogue, the stories unfold effortlessly through the characters expressions and backgrounds, that detailed yet simple. The stories themselves are familiar and well thought out and organised. Instead of overwhelming the reader with myth after myth about Zeus, O'Connor focused on a few, and the end result is a character ...more
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Is borrowing all the books in a series from the libraries so that you could read it and others couldn't until you return it considered trolling? Cause that's what I did. Although I wasn't able to get book 6 and 8.
Kate S.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I found this book and was immediately interested!! it was the story of the Greek god Zeus wrapped up in a graphic novel. I learned the story of Zeus and his siblings. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the Greek gods.
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
True to the myth and with the comic book format - this will have wide appeal.
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A quick read with lots of fun mythological information. It's very suitable for young readers, but also adults can enjoy it a lot.
Ken Yuen
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty cool presentation of the classic myth. Love all the details.
Jacq ~
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet mythology. Cute, short, to the point. Love the humor I found many parts funny.
Enjoyable read.
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

I LOVE Greek mythology, so the idea of Greek mythology graphic novels sounds amazing to me! It’s basically the myths in condensed form but with pictures! This series focuses on the main twelve gods AKA the Olympians. Hence the series name. Lol. I actually read a couple of the other graphic novels in this series, which is totally okay to read before this one because it doesn’t really tell a linear story, so they can be read as standalones.

This one tells the story of
Bought this for my boys to read. I read it first before them. I thought it was a good graphic novel. The illustrations were good, a little dark at times. The story is the same as in mythology. I think my boys will like it! I had no idea this was a series graphic novel. The book could have been a bit longer, for the price of a new book.
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
 The title of my book that I’m going to present is “Zeus king of the Gods” By: George O’Connor. My story takes place everywhere in the sky, space and earth because the characters have supernatural powers. The characters in my story are The Titans and their ruler who over throwed his father Kronos and gave birth to Zeus, Hera, Demeter, Hades, Poseidon and Hestia. The conflict in the story all started when the titans were living happily and their father Ouranos the sky wanted to overthrow the big ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this Greek myth based story, Zeus is faced with the challenge of defeating his father Kronos who has swallowed all of his brothers and sisters to avoid them killing him as he had his father. Zeus was hidden by his mother on an island where his father would never find him. He stayed on that island until the day came when he left the island to give his father a drink that made him sick, and out came all of his brothers and sisters full grown. Next comes a long battle, who will win, find out y ...more
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics

I love reading new graphic novels this one is wonderful in that it follows greek mythology. When I first heard about the Olympians series I thought it was going to be like Disney's Hercules with it's own story and spin.. but actually this follows the legend of Zeus.

When I first started reading this I was surprised to start reading about the Titans and how earth was formed. I was expected to read some sort of story about teen Zeus and all that. I was pleasa
A wonderful graphic novel about the birth of the Greek gods, starting from the very beginning of Greek mythology. We learn about the Titans who roamed the earth at first and see Kronos devour his children one by one, except for Zeus. The story ends when Zeus, with the help of his brothers, has successfully overthrown his father and taken his place as the king of the gods.

The combination of action-filled and dramatic panels with excellent storytelling makes this a pleasure to read. Any teenager w
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Comic books and graphic novels are known for their superheroes. And who is better than the original superheroes, the Greek gods? The Greek gods could control the weather, cause massive destruction, manipulate the world of men, walk about sight unseen, change into animals... the list goes on. But where did the gods come from? How did it all start? The first book in George O'Connor's Olympians series answers these questions and more. The first book focuses on Zeus but it also focuses on the Greek ...more
Cid Tyer
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-books
I found out about this graphic novel series thanks to Rick Riordan, who wrote the Percy Jackson, Olympian, series. Seeing as how I am currently very interested in Greek mythology thanks to Rick Riordan, I figured these graphic novels were a great lead. However, finding this one was tricky. It just came out in January and I finally found a place that had ONE copy. I bought it, needless to say.

I haven't read comics or graphic novels in a really long time, besides V for Vendetta a month-plus ago. H
May 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
even though this is from First Second publishing i almost passed it because i'm getting tired about books about the 'gods'. O'connor's art reminds me of P Craig Russell's, just a little less dense, and his coloring is gorgeous. The writing is page turning and contemplative. the author notes, bios of the gods and bibliography are fantastic. there are some really good discussion questions, great book for a jr high and up library and for a smart ten year old. and the book is only ten bucks (about t ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is pretty cool. The book/comic book is just the life of Zues. It starts out with the creation of time. Then goes to when the titans were created and the cyclopses were created. Then the titans had children who were the gods. The gods will have children with mortals and they would be demi-gods. Zues will be the king of the gods and Hera as their queen. This book was kind of a disappointment but still was ok. I would recommend this book to the people just starting to learn about the gods ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a cute beginner comic. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a great format for those new or lukewarm to greek mythology. it only just scraps the top of zeus' story though but I'm assuming more of the story will come out in later volumes. zeus is one of my least favorite of the Greek gods but I wasn't annoyed by him in this one so major plus for this one.
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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)
  • Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess (Olympians, #2)
  • Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory (Olympians, #3)
  • Hades: Lord of the Dead (Olympians, #4)
  • 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)
  • Hermes: Tales of the Trickster (Olympians, #10)
  • Hephaistos: God of Fire (Olympians, #11)

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