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The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel

(Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  15,103 ratings  ·  1,191 reviews
Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson's textbooks and into his life. And worse, Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.

Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Disney/Hyperion Books (first published 2010)
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C.G. Drews
So yes I have already read this but I wanted to see how it'd translate to comic! Because surely it can't be a worse adaption than the movie \_(ツ)_/ And like I really enjoyed it and seeing the art, also some of Percy's expressions were super adorable. But overall he looked so old?! They're calling them 12 but they looked 18 or something agh. And the art overall didn't explode my world into pretty fireworks, buuuut...I like pictures. More books should have pictures. More books should have graphic ...more
may ➹
two minutes before I finished this book I got an email telling me my hold on the second one was available and if that isn’t a direct sign from god to keep reading I don’t know what it is
may ❀
1st buddy read in our binge week with the loser who cant decide on a book to read

Mark of Athena spoiler (view spoiler)

so like it was a pretty good adaptation from the books in the sense that the main elements were there (aside from medusa)

and the graphics were pretty good

but why the heck are percy and annabeth so UGLY ???!!??? boi have you SEEN fanart ?!! THAT'S how they should be drawn ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓


1.5 stars.

The truth about graphic novels is that they are almost always bad entirely carried by the illustrations. That's just how it is. So when you have illustrations that are, to be frank, rather bad and the characters do NOT look like how anyone, except apparently Attila, envisioned them, it all amounts to a poor graphic adaptation that doesn't hold a candle, nor even a crappy busted Bic lighter, to the original series. You don't gain anything except a minor headache from reading this.

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Helen 2.0
I suppose the artist/writer wanted to keep this graphic novel as brief as possible, but in the process he/she completely omitted a number of important plot points from the Lightning Thief novel. I would have been thoroughly disappointed in the story had I not read the written version a long time ago.
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I haven’t read the book but I guess that is better than this. Percy is a normal teenager or at least that’s what he thinks. One day a crazy thing happens at school and Percy will find out that he is actually the son of Poseidon, god of sea. A war between Poseidon and Zeus is going to start in couple of weeks and all because of a misunderstanding. Of course the one who can end this before our world ends is Percy.

So the story doesn’t seem so bad right? The problem was that I didn’t care abo
I felt like it didn't portray Percy as well as the book did, he wasn't as funny in the graphic and I felt that the story didn't flow very well because of key parts that were missing. However I really liked the art and it was easy to follow.
Carlos De Eguiluz
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hace más de cuatro años que adquirí este tomo, y vaya historia que tengo con él. Una de mis mejores inversiones.
WrensReads Review:

Just read the books. They aren't my 100% favorite either, even though I am a huge fan of Greek mythology. This was just... not well adapted in my opinion.

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Juliana Zapata
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Leer esta novela gráfica es la mejor manera de revivir esta historia una y otras vez en unas pocas horas.

Como ya amo la historia y a los personajes, solo diré que me encantaron las ilustraciones y como se adaptó la novela.
So on Christmas eve my two best friends and I exchanged gifts at work. Lindsay bought Andrea the first three graphic novels of the Percy Jackson series. Now, I had NO idea up to this point that these were a thing. Then when Lindsay and I opened our gifts from Andrea we realized she bought them for us! Can’t tell we spend a lot of time together!!!

We all read and loved the Percy Jackson series. It was something we shared together. The three of us read all the time and typically if one of us raves
prag ♻
oooo boy it's time graphic novels and i part ways never do i want to see one again i never thought i would ever give a rick riordan book less than three stars but i'm going to assume he knows nothing about this because iT'S SOMEHOW WORSE THAN THE MOVIE TOO

- the lightning bolt looks like a fucking spindle
- luke? who's luke
- half the plot is lying in a ditch somewhere
- not to diss anybody's drawing i mean i couldn't draw a candle to save a life,, but
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was a really fun and fast read, which I really liked. But what I didn't like is lack of Percy's humour, and most characters looked so different than as I imagined them.
Vicky N.
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 - A book based on mythology. It is based on Greek Mythology. 1/52

Percy Jackson thinks he's a normal 12 year old who has dyslexia and ADHD until he gets attacked by a teacher on a school trip and finds out he is the son of a god. He travels to a camp filled with other demigods(sons of a god and a human) where he gets sent on a quest for Zeus' stolen lightning bolt.
So begins Percy Jackson's journey fighting angry gods and all kinds of mythical creatures.

Percy Jack
Raoofa Ibrahim
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myth
It's not as the same quality as the second one.. the drawing was very simple, no much details and the story missed a lot of things .. I read the book a six months ago and I forgot things so while reading the graphic novel some parts were confusing.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dtb-book
Having read the entire series as a whole years ago, I already knew what I was getting into beofre starting this graphic novel version of the story.

And even though it is obvious going into the story that you won't be getting the completely story, the beautiful illustrations more than made up for the lack of info.

Beautifully drawn and a whole lot of fun. I would say my first foray into the graphic novel world was a huge success and now I want more. I will definitely be continuing the series (agai
Cisz Strasters
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"De afkomst is bepaald. Poseidon... Aardschudder, stormenbrengen, heer van de paarden. Heil, perseus Jackson, zoon van de Zeegod."

Percy Jackson is gewoon een normale jongen, denkt hij. Tot hij per ongeluk zijn wiskunde leraar laat exploderen. Hij komt er achter dat hij de zoon is van een Griekse god en dat Zeus, de heer van de hemel, denkt dat hij zijn bliksemschicht heeft gestolen. Welkom in de wereld van Griekse goden en halfgoden!

Geweldig hoe steeds vaker de Graphic novel zijn weg naar het ne

Let me admit that although I have little to no experience in graphic novels, I am a minor art geek. I draw in my free time when I'm not in a mood to pick up a book. I look at art like a predator looks at its prey. Calculating. Judging. And as I looked upon the art in this graphic novel I almost instantly cringed. Our cast did not look like twelve year olds. Their faces changed from time to time and I had to pause to figure if it was the same person. And don't even get me started on Annabeth's cl
Armin Khodadadi
Apr 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
مزخرف محض! یا همیچن چیزی...
طراحی هاش از همه چیزِ این ناول بدتر بود.
کاری به "اقتباس" و یه عده آدمِ پرسی جکسون فنِ متعصب که میگن:( وای خدا این اصلا شبیه کتاب نبود. با توصیفات "ریک" یکی نبود و...) اصلا ندارم! انگار به چارتا آدم افلیج رنگ و لعاب دادن :| همین
Miss Book
Ah. Disappointment.
This was super quick read, but I really didn't like it. I knew going into this that it was different from the book, but I was just very disappointed. The characters were very different than I imagined them. The art style was not the best. It was not that funny. And it generally took away the feel of the book, which I couldn't stand.
If you're a fan of the series, you might be interested in reading this, but, personally, I didn't like it at all.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelf

This was a simple and fast read. I didn't particulary like the art work, they could have done something so much better, especially for the Underworld part. Some parts had beautiful colors but the art itself didn't appeal that much to me.
Really liked getting back to our first encounter with Percy though.
Bionic Jean
"Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek god."

This review is for Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel, which has been adapted by Robert Vendetti from Rick Riordan's novel, the first in the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series. The art work is by Attila Futaki and Jose Villarrubia.

The advertising blurb says, "Percy Jackson, half boy, half god, all hero." It certainly sounded exciting. In fact though, it is rather a disappointing read

I literally read this graphic novel in 30 minutes. It’s so fast-paced and there aren’t that many dialogs. In general, I didn’t find it bad but…the illustrations were awful.

The characters weren’t portrayed at all as I imagined them. While Percy and cie were supposed to look like kids, they were drawn as if they were 17-18 years old. Also, the world-building looked so cheap. More color than actual buildings or stuff here and there.

I didn’t feel the story's deepness enough for me to be captivated.
Book Concierge
This is the graphic novel version of the first book in Riordan’s popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Percy (a/k/a Perseus) is a 12-year-old dyslexic kid who fears he’s about to fail out of yet another school, disappointing his mother and antagonizing his stepfather. But in fact, he is about to discover that he is the son of Poseidon, a half-blood, and destined to retrieve Zeus’s missing lightning bolt from Hades.

I might have enjoyed this fantasy novel in the traditional book format.
Jul 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I love the overall story, but I think they left out A LOT of important elements that the original version had. I didn't think the dialogue was nearly as sarcastic and humorous, and some of the events that effect future problems in the story were brushed over or not mentioned. Obviously I know a graphic novel can't be a one for one transition, but it could have at least captured the overall essence a little better. Also, I thought the artwork kind of jumped all over the place. You could definitel ...more
Nov 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teens, tweens
I wondered, as I picked up this slim volume, how would they ever get the story line, let alone all of the mention of Greek gods and goddesses, into it? Surprise! They don't! This is a "greatest hits" EP of the book. Not even all of the most interesting action scenes are in it. While it was fun to see how someone else visualized the scenes, this is not a book you could read and maybe even follow without reading its novel cousin. One of the lesser successful graphic novel adaptations I have seen o ...more
I enjoyed this graphic novel for The Lightning Thief. It was like reading the book all over again.
Tangirul Islam
This book is a real page turner.
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