A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Volume 4 of the highly acclaimed Olympians series!
Hades: Lord of the Dead tells the story of the great God of the Underworld and one of the most famous of all Greek myths: Hades' abduction of Persephone and her mother's revenge. Be prepared to see a new side of Persephone in this dynamic adaptation of the story of the creation of the seasons.
In Olympians, O'Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren't sedate, scholarly works. They're action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O'Connor's vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology. This title has Common Core connections.
Hades is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012
About the Author
George O'Connor is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. His first graphic novel, Journey Into Mohawk Country, used as its sole text the actual historical journal of the seventeenth-century Dutch trader Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, and told the true story of how New York almost wasn't. He followed that up with Ball Peen Hammer, the first graphic novel written by playwright Adam Rapp, a dark, dystopian view of a society's collapse. Now he has brought his attention to Olympians, an ongoing series retelling the classic Greek myths in comics form. In addition to his graphic novel career, O'Connor has published several children's picture books, including the New York Times best-selling Kapow, Sally and the Some-Thing, and Uncle Bigfoot. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Reading Group Guide
Hades is a graphic novel, a story told in words and pictures. How do you think this story would be told differently if it was a novel, with only words? How would it be different if it was a movie, with just pictures?
Is this the traditional version of this myth? How do you think the author of this book changed the original story?
How does Persephone feel about her mother? Do you think her abduction by Hades helped or hurt their relationship?
What do you think about Hades' abduction of Persephone? Is kidnapping an appropriate action to take if you like a girl or boy? What might be an alternate option?
Persephone lies to her mother about eating the pomegranate seeds. Was she right to lie? Are there situations where lying is okay?
Hades is the Lord of the Dead, which gives him power over all the dead people. What would you do if you had his job?
Demeter was so upset when Persephone disappeared that she killed all the plants on earth. What do you think about her reaction? What would you do in a similar situation?
After Hades abducts Persephone, she changes a lot about how she looks and acts.
Have you had friends who have behaved similarly when they've started dating? What causes these changes?
The story of Hades and Persephone is an origin story about why we have seasons. Do you think it's a good explanation for why we have seasons? Can you think of a better
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a great idea! Graphic novels about Greek mythology. I was unaware of this series until I saw the Hades book. I read this book with my son (age 10) in less than an hour. Due to the current climate of mythology in children's books, he has become fascinated with the Greek Pantheon. This is a wonderful, action packed, retelling of the classic Hades-Persephone-Demeter myth. Unlike the books I has to read in school, this book is far from boring. It is fast paced, has wonderful pictures, and is a great retelling of the myth. There is nothing objectionable in this book, Hades looks like the Lord of the Underworld but does not look frightening, nor is he mean or evil towards Persephone. My son's response when we finished, "Mom, can we get the other books? You know I love this stuff." I highly recommend this book, as well as others in the series, for anyone who enjoys mythology. It is a wonderfully exciting way for children to learn about the stories of the the ancients.
Book Review by Chris This book is called Hades, but it’s really about Persephone. It’s still an entertaining read. I didn’t know much about Persephone, the wife of Hades, and according to the author not much has been written about the Queen of the Dead. So I guess this book is the author’s imaging of how Persephone came to be and I think it is pretty good. However if you were really looking forward to some Hades lore, the start of the book does give a good amount of details regarding Hades and his realm. The delivery of these facts is quick and fun, so it doesn’t feel like you are reading an encyclopedia. The artwork is simple and bold, nothing too complex. Also it is part of a series, all by the same writer/artist. It’s an exciting delivery method of the Greek Myths. Instead of laborious text, you get energetic images bringing these Gods to life. I think they’d all make a great addition of a kid’s bookshelf. Book Rating: 4/5 Book Review by Jessica I love anything mythology related and the story of Persephone is a good one. (Just as Chris said, it’s not really about Hades.) I especially liked the spin that the author put on this version of her. I learned some new things about the character, as well as tidbits about other characters. The back of the book features a panel-by-panel play-by-play telling you what all of the different characters and places are and what words that may be unfamiliar to the reader mean. Hades is shown to be nicer than I ever would have thought him to be and I think that’s partially because of the twist with Persephone. This is definitely a story that could be loved by any reader, no matter if they usually pick up graphic novels or not. Readers will be entertained and learn something new all in one read, I would love to read the rest of this series. Book Rating: 4/5 Book Review by Kole I’ve read many stories about the Olympians and the Titans but this is the first to say that Persephone actually liked being with Hades. I don’t know if this is true or if it’s just a creative turn from all of the other stories. Either way it’s a fresh new look at the story. Not only is the story great but the artwork compliments it very well. I found myself looking at the art for longer periods of time than I spent reading. I liked Hades not being portrayed as evil. It’s another part of the story that makes it fresh. Although it was a little short for me. I feel like they could have extended the story or gone more in depth. I haven’t read any of the others in this series but I hope that they are as different from old myths as this is. I feel like this series has lots of promise. I look forward to reading all of the Olympians series. Book Rating: 4/5 All reviewers review books at Book Sake.