All-Action Classics No. 3: The Odyssey

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Welcome the next entry in the fabulously received and brilliantly created ALL-ACTION CLASSICS series. The brainchild of former Marvel Comics artist Ben Caldwell, these graphic novels are the freshest, coolest approach to the classics ever. Each one takes a famous work of fiction and translates it into a kid-friendly comic book narrative—with full-color illustrations and a fast-paced tone that will have even reluctant readers flying through.
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Overview

Welcome the next entry in the fabulously received and brilliantly created ALL-ACTION CLASSICS series. The brainchild of former Marvel Comics artist Ben Caldwell, these graphic novels are the freshest, coolest approach to the classics ever. Each one takes a famous work of fiction and translates it into a kid-friendly comic book narrative—with full-color illustrations and a fast-paced tone that will have even reluctant readers flying through.
Shipwrecks, angry gods, magical lands, beautiful nymphs, and siren songs: this vivid retelling of Homer’s legendary Greek epic follows Odysseus on his long, arduous journey home from Ithaca after the fall of Troy. Done in comic-book style, it features the highest-energy kid-grabbing details and plot twists, all dramatized in brilliant, action-packed images. It’s the perfect way to introduce kids and fans of graphic novels to one of literature’s great works.
 

 

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—It is nearly impossible to condense such an enormous story into 123 pages, but Mucci manages to hit all of the action-packed highlights. These include many of the adventures that Odysseus had on his long voyage back home from the Trojan War, such as his dangerous encounters with Circe, Calypso, the lotus-eaters, the Cyclops, and the sirens, as well as his detour into Hades. The colorful artwork skillfully captures the dynamic action, and artistic touches like making the gods translucent in the world of men are especially eye-catching. With its fast pace and cartoony yet cinematic artwork, this adaptation will entice reluctant readers. In a bit of savvy marketing, the last page directs readers to the Action Cartooning website to learn more about the story of Odysseus and to see additional artwork, which should generate interest in the other books in the series.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Classic works are often reimagined as comics, frequently as an attempt to make stodgy old books attractive and palatable to younger readers. With its action-packed story line and grand adventures, The Odyssey is a natural choice and here translates extremely well to this medium. Mucci's retelling of Odysseus's epic journey back to Ithaca is accompanied by boisterous cartoon art in a dazzling array of candy colors. Readers familiar with the tale will recognize all of the encounters and should appreciate its quick plotting and easy digestibility; for those unfamiliar, this creates a solid starting-off point. Though the colorful patina and square-jawed heroes are enticing, the lettering tends to the ornate, rendering it at times difficult to decipher. While this may frustrate those trying to figure out perhaps-unfamiliar Greek names, it shouldn't detract from the story as a whole. This makes a natural choice for Percy Jackson fans clamoring for what to read next, in both subject matter and high-action pacing. A brisk, energetic read. (Graphic classic. 10 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402731556
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Series: All-Action Classics Series , #3
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 400,241
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Homer
In addition to comic, toy, and animation work, artist Ben Caldwell has created the Action! Cartooning how-to-draw series and the comic series The Dare! Detectives.

Biography

We know very little about the author of The Odyssey and its companion tale, The Iliad. Most scholars agree that Homer was Greek; those who try to identify his origin on the basis of dialect forms in the poems tend to choose as his homeland either Smyrna, now the Turkish city known as Izmir, or Chios, an island in the eastern Aegean Sea.

According to legend, Homer was blind, though scholarly evidence can neither confirm nor contradict the point.

The ongoing debate about who Homer was, when he lived, and even if he wrote The Odyssey and The Iliad is known as the "Homeric question." Classicists do agree that these tales of the fall of the city of Troy (Ilium) in the Trojan War (The Iliad) and the aftermath of that ten-year battle (The Odyssey) coincide with the ending of the Mycenaean period around 1200 BCE (a date that corresponds with the end of the Bronze Age throughout the Eastern Mediterranean). The Mycenaeans were a society of warriors and traders; beginning around 1600 BCE, they became a major power in the Mediterranean. Brilliant potters and architects, they also developed a system of writing known as Linear B, based on a syllabary, writing in which each symbol stands for a syllable.

Scholars disagree on when Homer lived or when he might have written The Odyssey. Some have placed Homer in the late-Mycenaean period, which means he would have written about the Trojan War as recent history. Close study of the texts, however, reveals aspects of political, material, religious, and military life of the Bronze Age and of the so-called Dark Age, as the period of domination by the less-advanced Dorian invaders who usurped the Mycenaeans is known. But how, other scholars argue, could Homer have created works of such magnitude in the Dark Age, when there was no system of writing? Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian, placed Homer sometime around the ninth century BCE, at the beginning of the Archaic period, in which the Greeks adopted a system of writing from the Phoenicians and widely colonized the Mediterranean. And modern scholarship shows that the most recent details in the poems are datable to the period between 750 and 700 BCE.

No one, however, disputes the fact that The Odyssey (and The Iliad as well) arose from oral tradition. Stock phrases, types of episodes, and repeated phrases -- such as "early, rose-fingered dawn" -- bear the mark of epic storytelling. Scholars agree, too, that this tale of the Greek hero Odysseus's journey and adventures as he returned home from Troy to Ithaca is a work of the greatest historical significance and, indeed, one of the foundations of Western literature.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Odyssey.

Good To Know

The meter (rhythmic pattern of syllables) of Homer's epic poems is dactylic hexameter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Tremendous Adaptation

    For those new to the legend of the Odyssey, this is a great adaptation with intelligent storytelling and great artistic design. It really brings the story to life in a fresh way that is approachable to people new to the odyssey or long time readers. I highly highly encourage you to try it!

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

    I recommend this to anyone daunted by the original Greek poem.

    The font is a bit difficult to decipher, but once you get the hang of it, it's not bad. As for the story, the translator did a pretty good job.

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