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Jason and the Golden Fleece (Graphic Revolve Series)
     

Jason and the Golden Fleece (Graphic Revolve Series)

by Nel Yomtov, Gerardo Sandoval (Illustrator), Benny Fuentes, Capstone Press Staff
 

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Brave Jason comes to claim his throne, but the old king will not give up his rule so easily. To prove his worth, Jason must find the greatest treasure in the world, the Golden Fleece. Jason accepts the challenge, and gathers the fifty greatest heroes of Greece to help him on his quest. Jason and his Argonauts must face rampaging bears, the menacing, flying Harpies,

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Brave Jason comes to claim his throne, but the old king will not give up his rule so easily. To prove his worth, Jason must find the greatest treasure in the world, the Golden Fleece. Jason accepts the challenge, and gathers the fifty greatest heroes of Greece to help him on his quest. Jason and his Argonauts must face rampaging bears, the menacing, flying Harpies, and a six-headed monster flanked by a deadly whirlpool.

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-5

Perseus fares considerably better than Jason here, with a solid awareness of how to balance visual depiction and expository captions, evident right from the striking prologue. While the artwork is cartoony and the dialogue deliberately casual and modern, the style doesn't prevent the artist from providing heroic vistas, or the author from slipping in a couple of humorous moments, and the action is sufficiently thrilling. Jason's story is told in a loose, sketchy style that has an amiable energy and a blocky representationalism that holds a degree of charm. Unfortunately, the artwork and narration exhibit some seriously clunky storytelling that seems unable to muster a sense of either heroic spectacle or simple narrative transitions. A particularly bizarre circumstance has Jason go from having stubble to a full beard over a period that may be as short as a day. The fact that this happens right after a sequence in which Jason tells Cupid-struck Medea that he loves her for reasons that are never expressed through words or pictures seems to indicate a marked absence of a clear plan as to how to reinterpret this myth and make it accessible or even consistent. Each volume closes with a brief glossary, discussion questions, and Web links to a set of preselected Web sites. None of these features really elevates these titles to an academic level, but Perseus , at least, is sufficiently entertaining not to need overt curricular justification.-Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434213853
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Graphic Revolve Series
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

The career path of Nel Yomtov has taken him from the halls of Marvel Comics, as an editor, writer, and colorist, to the world of toy development. He then became editorial and art director at a children’s nonfiction book publisher, and now Nel is a writer and editor of books, websites, and comics for children. A harmonica-honking blues enthusiast, Nel lives in New York with his wife, Nancy. They have a son, Jess.

Gerardo Sandoval is a professional comic book illustrator from Mexico. He has worked on many well-known comics including Tomb Raider books from Top Cow Production. He has also worked on designs for posters and card sets.

Benny Fuentes lives in Villahermosa, Tabasco in Mexico, wherethe temperature isjust as hot as the sauce. Hestudied graphic design in college, but now heworks as a full-time colorist in the comic book and graphic novel industry for companies likeMarvel, DC Comics,and Top Cow Productions. He shares his home with two crazy cats, Chelo and Kitty, who act like they own the place.

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