The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series)

The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series)

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by Rick Riordan, Attila Futaki, Jose Villarrubia
     
 

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The first book in the blockbuster best-selling series...like you've never seen it before.

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, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now,

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The first book in the blockbuster best-selling series...like you've never seen it before.

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, he's angered a few of them. 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.

Series creator Rick Riordan joins forces with some of the biggest names in the comic book industry to tell the story of a boy who must unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up—Riordan's highly popular "Olympians" series (Hyperion/Disney) is now a graphic novel. Half-Blood Percy Jackson is the son of a mortal mother and the Greek god Poseidon, which explains why he has always felt out of place among his schoolmates. After learning of his paternity, he is charged with the dangerous mission of locating his Uncle Zeus's missing lightning bolt and returning this symbol of power to its rightful owner. Expert editing keeps the salient parts of the story intact while showcasing the additional storytelling capabilities that the graphic format allows. Excellent panel layout makes the story line easy to follow. The use of angled panels in highly dramatic action scenes is particularly effective. As readers follow Percy's adventures, they are also keenly aware of his personal struggles, as facial expressions help readers to relate to this boy "who doesn't fit in." Illustrations brilliantly illuminate the story, portraying seamless world-blending, from typical school drama and well-known U.S. landmarks to mythological elements. A man seated in one panel casually stands to reveal his true identity as a centaur, the eerie woman seated in the attic is an Oracle, and the Nereid of the undersea kingdom seems a natural part of Percy's world. This blend of mythology and magic with realistic action and adventure brings an added dimension and delightful nuances to this adaptation of the well-known novel. Both ardent followers of Riordan's books and those new to the series will not be disappointed.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Publishers Weekly
Venditti's adaptation of the critically acclaimed first installment of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series faces a daunting challenge: to present a beloved, contemporary, young adult fantasy novel as a 128-page visual narrative. But the team succeeds in spectacular fashion. Venditti (The Surrogates) takes the story of the half-blood Percy--who discovers that he is both the son of a god and the prime suspect in a theft of cosmic implications--and forges an adaptation that does justice not simply to Riordan's story but works perfectly as a graphic novel. The book retains the excellent pacing of the original and gives a face to Riordan's vision of the mythological made modern. Futaki's artwork is exemplary, but what leaves such a lasting impression is Villarrubia's coloring, which reveals both subtlety and spectacle when needed. The graphic novel compression must, of necessity, sacrifice something, namely some of the humor of the original. Ages 10–up. (Oct.)
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Riordan's highly popular "Olympians" series (Hyperion/Disney) is now a graphic novel. Half-Blood Percy Jackson is the son of a mortal mother and the Greek god Poseidon, which explains why he has always felt out of place among his schoolmates. After learning of his paternity, he is charged with the dangerous mission of locating his Uncle Zeus's missing lightning bolt and returning this symbol of power to its rightful owner. Expert editing keeps the salient parts of the story intact while showcasing the additional storytelling capabilities that the graphic format allows. Excellent panel layout makes the story line easy to follow. The use of angled panels in highly dramatic action scenes is particularly effective. As readers follow Percy's adventures, they are also keenly aware of his personal struggles, as facial expressions help readers to relate to this boy "who doesn't fit in." Illustrations brilliantly illuminate the story, portraying seamless world-blending, from typical school drama and well-known U.S. landmarks to mythological elements. A man seated in one panel casually stands to reveal his true identity as a centaur, the eerie woman seated in the attic is an Oracle, and the Nereid of the undersea kingdom seems a natural part of Percy's world. This blend of mythology and magic with realistic action and adventure brings an added dimension and delightful nuances to this adaptation of the well-known novel. Both ardent followers of Riordan's books and those new to the series will not be disappointed.—SLJ

Venditti's adaptation of the critically acclaimed first installment of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series faces a daunting challenge: to present a beloved, contemporary, young adult fantasy novel as a 128-page visual narrative. But the team succeeds in spectacular fashion. Venditti (The Surrogates) takes the story of the half-blood Percy—who discovers that he is both the son of a god and the prime suspect in a theft of cosmic implications—and forges an adaptation that does justice not simply to Riordan's story but works perfectly as a graphic novel. The book retains the excellent pacing of the original and gives a face to Riordan's vision of the mythological made modern. Futaki's artwork is exemplary, but what leaves such a lasting impression is Villarrubia's coloring, which reveals both subtlety and spectacle when needed. The graphic novel compression must, of necessity, sacrifice something, namely some of the humor of the original.—PW

How could it have taken five years to see a graphic-novel adaptation of such a successful property as the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and one that, with its heroic destinies and epic action, seems tailor-made to the format? Riordan's original, like Harry Potter as if reimagined by Neil Gaiman, hits all the straightforward archetypes, with young Percy Jackson clued into the secret that he's actually the son of the Greek god Poseidon, then educated at Camp Half-Blood with the other illegitimate demigods before embarking on a hero's journey to stop a war of the Olympians. But Riordan also injected a sense of thorny reality with twists like Percy's good-for-nothing stepfather and the entrance to Hades residing in a soulless Los Angeles. Where the slick and flashy movie version failed, Venditti's sharp-edged writing and Futaki's gritty and unpretentious art capture the same sense of grunge amid the wonder. A timely release that can be recommended with George O'Connor's recent Olympians graphic novels, proving that while five years may seem too long, at least the wait was worth it.—Booklist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423117100
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Series:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
30,587
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
GN470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid as well as all the books in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Titan's Curse; The Battle of the Labyrinth; and The Last Olympian. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

Robert Venditti (www.robertvenditti.com) is the creator and author of The Surrogates and its prequel, The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone. In addition to creating comics, he works at Top Shelf Productions. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Attila Futaki (pencils and inks) has illustrated Sprial (Editions Carabas, June 2008) and the forthcoming The Strange Folks (2010), as well as a number of book covers and interiors. He studied at the International School of Comics in Florence. He lives in Budapest, Hungary.


Jose Villarrubia (coloring) is an Eisner Award-nominated colorist who has worked for every major comic book publisher. Coloring work includes Young X-Men, Crossing Midnight, and Halo Uprising. Additionally, he is an art professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Brief Biography

Hometown:
San Antonio, TX
Date of Birth:
June 5, 1964
Place of Birth:
San Antonio, TX
Education:
B.A. in English and History, University of Texas

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The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Medea-Ariadne More than 1 year ago
The graphic novel stays mostly true to The Lightning Thief. Of course some artistic liberties were taken but the graphic novel stays more true to the book than the movie did. A few scenes were cut, like the bit with Medusa and the end was different from the original book but it worked well, so all in all- it's very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The monsters, the Greek gods, camp half blood. The lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is about a boy named Percy Jackson who is the son of Poseidon is being accused for stealing Zeus’s lightning bolt. Now Percy must return the lightning bolt before the summer solstice or there is a possibility of being a World War Three. On Percy’s mysterious journey he has to fight gods, creatures, and other weird people like Aunty Em. In my opinion Percy Jackson and the lightning thief would be a great recommendation if you like mysteries, adventure, and fighting between human and Greek Gods you should get this book as quick as you can. In my opinion the Lightning thief is a great book because it has adventures, mysteries, and fighting between human and Greek Gods.
AcesMommy More than 1 year ago
I like this graphic novel. Aside from the movie that helped in seeing first hand on what you read, this one actually stuck more to the story line of the book. Some parts were altered but did not ruin the story. Very nice art work.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Percy Jackson is twelve years old, has been kicked out of every school he's ever gone to, and is seen as quite a troublemaker. With ADHD and dyslexia and a reputation for trouble following him wherever he goes, Percy has learned to not get too attached to any one school, set of friends, or teachers, for that matter. Yancey Academy has been no different, except for two things. His best friend, Grover, and his Latin teacher, Mr. Brunner, seem to really care about him. While on a school field trip, Percy has quite the bad day. He almost drowns Nancy Bobofit, the school bully; gets attacked by Mrs. Dodds, the math teacher; and then gets told by everyone that there never was a teacher named Mrs. Dodds at Yancey academy. Confused and mistrusting of the two he had come to call friends, Percy grows distant and ends up getting kicked out of yet another school. After the last day, Percy and Grover get onto the city bus to go home. While there, Percy sees three old ladies cutting a piece of yarn. Grover freaks out and asks Percy to wait for him while he runs into a store. Percy ignores him and heads home. Through a series of bad choices and a fight with a foul-tempered, monstrous beast, Percy's mom appears to be killed and the two boys end up at Camp Half-Blood. If monsters aren't enough to take in, Percy finds out his father is Poseidon, the god of the sea, and that his uncle, Zeus, is demanding that Percy return the master lightning bolt by Summer Solstice or he'll be destroyed and another World War will begin. His only hopes are Grover and a smart-aleck girl named Annabeth. Can Percy find the master lighting bot and save everyone's skin, or will the gods start a war bigger than anything anyone has seen before? A great graphic novel adaptation of the original THE LIGHTNING THIEF book. The illustrations are wonderful. The novel is fairly true to the original book; the plot remains intact and is, therefore, well-written. The characters are true to their natures and are well-developed. Readers who are fans of Rick Riordan, action-adventure, fantasy, graphic novels, and mythology will all enjoy THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was awesome i wish they had done the mudusa and other things but it was amazing its more like the book. In the movie they skiped the bridge. So this was a one up. MUST READ
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read this yet, but I just ordered it. I'm hoping it sticks more to the book than the AWFUL movie did. I'm hoping to get a better idea of what some of the scenes described in the book actually look like. If this one is good, I'm going to order the Red Pyramid graphic novel. Rick Riordan is one of my favorites authors. His second series based off of Percy Jackson is also very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book EVER but the movie was total GARBAGE btw rick riordan if your reading this want to thank u for all the AWESOME books u have written and please write more percy jackson!!! -------::::::::::::::::::::::::::>
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
; Percy Jackson finds out he’s the son of a Greek god, gets blamed for stealing a lightning bolt he knew nothing about, and fights creatures he thought were myths. Best for older, action-loving kids, this book offers nonstop adventure and terrific exposure to Greek mythology. For me, this book was a fantastic, fast-past adventure. I was eager to read the next book. "Once I got over the fact that my Latin teacher was a horse, we had a nice tour, though I was careful not to walk behind him." For Percy, a wisecracking 12-year-old with ADHD, discovering his teacher is really a centaur is just another clue that the Greek gods are alive, well, and causing all kinds of mayhem in modern-day America. Accused of stealing Zeus's master lightning bolt, Percy must prove his innocence while battling a Minotaur and a host of other celestial thugs. Along with all the mayhem, he seems to find a crush with the gorgeous Annabeth. Along the journey Annabeth, and his best friend Grover go with him, unwilling to say no. This book is one of the most fascinating books about Greek mythology. Rick Riordan has done an amazing job with writing and finishing this book up, while still leaving suspense that’ll make you ready for next. His story line and characters jump out at you and gets you into the story. This book was a fantastic, fast-past adventure. I was eager to read the next book. Greek mythology has been made into a fun, exciting story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a young, sixth-grade boy going through everyday life at Yancy Academy. But, that will soon change. When on a field trip, Percy is attacked by Ms.Dodds and was accused of stealing Zeus' possession. After this, Percy and Grover escape to Camp Half-blood and meet Annabeth, daughter of Athena. Percy goes to see the Oracle and learns of the prophecy. And so, Percy, Grover, and Annabeth are ste on their journey to retrieve Zeus' possession before the Summer Solstice.  I loved this novel. It's very interesting and uses multiple Greek myths. The way that Rick Riordan mixed Greek mythology with modern culture, shows how ancient myth can be put into modern living. I also love the details, and imagery Riordan puts into the settings and characters.  And I love how the action in the story is well described and are filled with suspense. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good, could have been better. It pains me to give anything related to Percy Jackson only three stars--but I feel like it's honest. I thought the illustrations were pretty good and that it followed the story pretty well--but I feel like they cut a few really important things out. They cut out the Medusa adventure--which is important for a lot of reasons, plus, it relates to how Sally Jackson got rid of Gabe Ugliano. They didn't tell the whole story about Sally getting rid of Gabe either--and it would only have taken another page or two. The Medusa adventure is probably the most memorable in the book (not to mention it would have been cool to see it illustrated). Otherwise, I definitely enjoyed the book and found it really entertaining. I just feel like it lacked depth--especially for the average retail of about ten dollars. However, I am definitely happy I have it and don't regret buying it. And, I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves Rick Riordan's books as much as I do. Of the Percy Jackson graphic novels, The Titan's Curse is the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun and easy read. For those who aren't very good at reading yet this series is a fun way to practice reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like that you can relive all the important parts of the book in such a short amount of time. I only wish that the drawings where better. Still, its better than anything I could ever do.
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Love the Percy Jackson seris!!!!!!!!!!!
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I dont even read comic bookss but this one is awesome
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I really like the Percy Jackson series.  Great drama and suspense.
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