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Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory

(Olympians #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,577 ratings  ·  255 reviews
There's only one thing Zeus, the king of the Gods, is afraid of. It isn't the many-headed Hydra or the towering Gigantes. It isn't his powerful, jealous brother Poseidon, the god of the seas. Monsters, gods, Titans—none of them make the mighty Zeus blink an eye.

The only thing Zeus fears is his wife: Hera. Goddess of the air, the sky, and the heavens, patroness of the cunni
Paperback, 77 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by First Second
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Wow! This was great. I admit to not being a fan of Hera's. I have always seen her as cruel and I didn't understand why she was so popular. George gives a new little take on Hera and he softened her for me. The book actually ended up being more about the 12 labors of Heracles than Hera, but there is enough Hera in here to really give a picture of her. There are still stories I didn't know.

The courtship of Hera and Zeus is told. I love that Hera is really the only person that Zeus is afraid of in
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Aw, phooey. Phooey and also consarn it. George O'Connor is making me break my usual rules about reviewing. Generally speaking, when I review the first book in a series I see no need to go about reviewing the rest of the books. I mean, once you've covered the first, you can kick back and assume the rest, right? Plus with all the great new books coming out every single day there's hardly any reason to go about wasting time on a sequel. That's where O'Connor throws me for a loop. I reviewed the fir ...more
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it
I got really excited about this book when I read Elizabeth Bird's glowing review. After reading it, I'm reserving high praise because although this book is a respectful and enlightening look at Hera, it's not quite what I thought it would be.

Hera is often portrayed as a real witch because she is frequently persecuting her husband's lovers and illegitimate children. There's some of that happening in this book, but Zeus totally earns her wrath through his immature and irritating behavior. We also
Kyungnan Gam
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even though this is a graphic novel, you still need a deep thinking and a background knowledge of Mythology. Before, I only read the Athena but not the other Gods and Goddesses. I like how George O'Connor has a series so the books connect to each other. For example, in every book there are other Gods and Goddesses, so George O'Connor made other books about those Gods and Goddesses too, for people to have some knowledge about those Gods and Goddesses. I really enjoy the Olympians series. I am loo ...more
Jacq ~
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not quite as sunny as the cover. I love my first introduction to many of the characters. Fun mythology!
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Philandering thunder gods, jealous wives, persecuted superheroes
The third book in George O'Connor's excellent series of graphic novels retelling the Greek myths. Definitely aimed at younger readers, much of the sex and violence of the original stories is watered down, but since the story of Hera and her never-faithful husband Zeus is pretty much an endless series of adulterous affairs and Hera smiting the poor women Zeus seduced, I expect even younger readers will read between the lines. Yes, Zeus was totally banging a cow. Okay, he wasn't banging a cow. He ...more
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)

Wow. I am just blown away by this graphic novel! It is definitely one of my favorite books of 2011.

Everything was perfection from the writing, the art, the flow of events, and the insight into Hera, Zeus, and Hercules. It would be impossible not to notice how much George O'Connor cares about these myths and these gods, especially Hera. The love all but oozes off of every page, and his storytelling is just as skillful as it was in the first two books of his Oly
Ken Yuen
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, these books are well-done, but I feel like my adult sensibilities are interfering with my ability to enjoy these stories. It's a lot easier to see heroes and gods in a positive light when your views are more black and white. But these are some despicable and petty gods.

At least the retelling of Heracle's story was good (I like spelling Greek words with a k myself).

The author notes and commentary in the back are good stuff. I appreciate the extra insight and extra effort the author puts in
Jenna Jakubowski
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hera is a goddess that wants all her promises kept. I felt bad for her when Zeus didn't keep his promise. I loved how she keep her promise. But, she does have a way of doing things to Zeus' other wives!! ...more
— nova
listen, everything Hera does is Iconic.

Poor Hera. You really feel for her. If you’ve read anything about the Greek gods, you know the stories about Zeus and his wandering eye and the fury of his long-suffering queen, Hera. While it is unfair that she always punishes her husband’s lovers rather than Zeus himself, you understand why. She is queen and a goddess yet he’s always leaving her to muck about with lowly humans. He’s immortal and invulnerable so she can’t hurt or kill him. So what can she do but lash out at his partners? It nev ...more
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book may be titled "Hera", but the good majority of it is actually about Hercules. At the very beginning you get two more Hera-centric episodes. First comes Zeus' courtship of Hera and their wedding, and second is the story of Io being turned into a cow (we never see what becomes of Io past her transformation). I found it interesting that in the story of their wedding, it seems very emphasized that Metis has only been Zeus' queen and not his wife, unlike Hera. It felt like a strange justifi ...more
Kaethe Douglas
You wouldn't think that there would be a fresh way to tell the Greek myths, but you'd be wrong. O'Connor is brilliant. He's managed to drag stale old stories into the 21st century, and he's managed to make them better. Here Hera isn't just a stereotype of a jealous wife, she's a clever, clever woman, with plans of her own and a much longer view than the others gods, who are an impulsive, impetuous lot.

Most of the story here is about Heracles and his ten twelve great tasks. And let me just point
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
The third volume is on Hera 3.6/5

Plot- I enjoyed the plot for Hera but it wasn't the best thing ever, I was learning mostly about Hercules and Athena ect , I did really like the parts about Hera and Zeus getting married.The plot is a solid 3/5.

Character- I think Hera was captured well , I mean a lot of people hate Hera but she was basically forced to marry Zeus out of shame and he proceeded to cheat on her regularly. So over all O'Connor created his version of Hera in away where she is seen as
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sylwia by: Zoe
After Athena my love for this series lowered, but Hera restored it completely. I enjoyed this volume most of all so far and I cannot imagine that the upcoming volumes will surpass it. O'Connor mentions somewhere within the novel that Hera is his favorite goddess and it is very clear to me on every page, as I had never cared about Hera before, but walked away from this book adoring her. This is the kind of character appreciation piece that I adore. And I have to mention that I love the small ways ...more
Miss Clark
I actually quite liked Hera in this!

I also appreciated the author's highlighting the labors of Heracles as a way to earn his godhood rather than as a means of redemption for murdering his children due to a Hera-induced craze. As George said in the afterword: "The added bonus (of taking that direction) was that it rescued both characters - the murdering of innocent children is a heavy deed, one that weighs down both Heracles and Hera in unrelenting tragedy and contemptibility."

I liked the image o
I was expecting a totally different book with Hera as the title character. She's always depicted as a raging bitch. But with Zeus as her husband, who can blame her? I get that she can't directly retaliate against him but I always felt bad about the women and children who were on the wrong side of Hera's wrath. She's a bit of a doozy and scary as hell. But O'Connor showed her in a different light. She's just a wife who's tired of her cheating husband. She's gotta do something to take the edge off ...more
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Most movies and books call him Hercules, although it's his Roman name. I guess Hercules sounds more heroic that Heracles. When I think off Heracles, I don't think of a black bottom guy who is sweaty and has killed many beasts. I think of a person who uses magic or is a deity. (Although the guy did become a god after he died, but you know what I mean, do you?) ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.0. It was fun reading about Hera even if she was slightly vindictive. Of course she was married to a real loser of a husband so I guess it is easy to be sympathetic to her. This was another solid addition to the series...on to the next one :)
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: jan2017, 2017
Hera really doesn't come off the best in this, but she rarely does. She's not my favorite, but it was still a good read. ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
It did not talk about Hera at all. It only talked about Hercules. Also not that much excitement. All around the thought "was fine" for me. ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Let's state some facts here, omitted from the book:
- Hera refused to be with Zeus, so he raped her and forced her to marry him.
- Zeus' first wife didn't just disappeared, he ate her.
- Hera did choose to live a life of revenge, killing, poisoning and cursing Zeus' mistress and offsprings.
- Hera threw a curse on Hercules that made him go insane and kill his wife and children.
- To 'repent' from killing his family, Hera forced Heracles to achieve the 12 works.
- ... ... ...

I opened this graphic nove
Oh well, I suppose it was to be expected. As I grew up reading comic books and enjoying the antics of Hercules in the pages of The Avengers and The Mighty Thor (I always like Hercules more than Thor for some reason), I would watch (and re-watch) films about Hercules, the quest of Jason and the Argonauts (and the Sinbad films for that matter) and pretty much anything I could find on the Trojan War (read Age of Bronze, Volume 1: A Thousand Ships if you haven’t yet), that it was inevitable that a v ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maybe she should... I don't know, divorce him?
Zeus should not be married.
Rania Mohemmane
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hera is a comic book written by George O’Connor. This story is mainly about the goddess Hera and the highlights of her life. This comic book had numerous settings but it mainly takes place on Earth and Mount Olympus. Hera is the goddess of childbirth, marriage, family, and women. She is the wife of Zeus and queen of the gods. Hera has many enemies; she was a very jealous and vengeful goddess. The story first begins when Hera watches how Zeus treats all of his queens and she was really disgusted. ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar

“In all the cosmos, there is only one being that Zeus, the king of the gods is afraid of… his queen, Hera”
The comic of Hera: The Goddess and her Glory begins after Zeus eats Metis on the previous volume. On the first volume of the series, we saw that Zeus already had an interest for Hera. He rescued her when their father Kronos threw them up, not letting her touch the ground like their other siblings.

Zeus starts to court
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it
This is more of a review for the series thus far than for this title in particular... I started reading these books with high hopes & much enthusiasm over the genius idea of retelling the Greek myths in graphic novel format, but am less than impressed with the actual execution. While the art is dynamic, engaging, and on occasion even breathtaking, the writing falls short; there's no higher meaning to any of these retellings of Zeus, Athena, or Hera - it just feels like a collection of their grea ...more
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
The graphic novel Hera: The Goddess and her Glory by George O’Connor is a simple and intriguing novel pertaining to Greek mythology. It depicts the life of Hera specifically, the wife of Zeus, and the goddess of women and marriage. It illustrates her life from before she was “queen” to well in her reign. Even though most of the novel pertains to her life, Hercules and his life- risking “labors” to please Hera are also a prominent part of the novel’s plot. Hera gives Hercules 10 extremely difficu ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn't really think this book was as good as Athena. I don't like how it always talks about Heracles. ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
It was an okay book not my favorite. It was better than some books I have read but It could hook me more in the beginning.
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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)
  • 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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