Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel Hardcover – Oct 12 2010
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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.
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This is a graphic adaptation of the novel of the same name and even though this is the first in the series I think it will be most enjoyed by those who have read the book. As a standalone, without knowledge of the book, the graphic novel isn't really that exciting of a story. It's been some years since I read the book and this is the only one in the series I've read, and I haven't seen the movie, so my mind wasn't fresh on the events but I do remember more happening that what happened in the graphic novel. For example, I specifically remembered a scene in the book with Medusa, which never occurred in this adaptation. It felt like explanations were missing and gaps were left in the flow of the story. I'm not that crazy with the artwork either; the faces have unnatural expressions. Overall, it's still the same story, so not a bad read, but I'm not overly impressed with this graphic adaptation.
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?Read more ›
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Most of the major story elements are included; Percy learns he is a demigod and that his best friend is a satyr after being attacked by Mrs. Dodds, meets other demigods at Camp Half-Blood, and sets out on a quest to return a very important stolen item. However, the final product seems a bit rushed and there are some strange gaps that make the story hard to follow. My favorite part of the novel, the encounter with Medusa, is completely left out.
I might recommend this book for Percy's fans, as there are some nicely done graphics, but those new to the story would be much better off sticking to the original, no pictures version. 2.5 stars would reflect my opinion more accurately.
My favorite part in the book was the part where Percy gets attacked by the Echidna at the top of the St. Louis Arch. Percy gets caught up at the top of the Arch with the mother of all of the world's monsters (literally). They battle and even blow a hole in the top of the building! Percy knows he will lose the battle so he jumps out of the hole! He falls hundreds of feet to the river and just when he thinks he is going to die, he lightly lands in the water and sinks to the bottom. He realizes that his clothes are not wet and that he can breathe, because he is the Son of the Sea God. After getting over the shock of the fall, he swims to the surface, gets out, and pretends to flee the scene with the rest of the tourists.
I believe that kids will love this book because it is based on one of the most famous children's series ever! They are really good books and also very educational about Greek mythology. The other good thing about the comic book is that it gives accurate visual representations of the characters when compared to the movie that had a less accurate plot, deleted key parts, and had actors who looked nothing like the characters as they were described in the book! Also, anyone who loves a comic would like this book so it could encourage these kids to read the series.
Finally, it is a good way for kids to learn a lot while still enjoying themselves because there are pictures and it isn't as daunting to read as a chapter book can be to some kids. I believe that boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 13 would enjoy this book; but truthfully, anyone could read it. I even know adults who love this series.
Reviewed by Young Mensan Ryan, age 13
Percy does not know which god his father is so he is placed in the cabin of Hermes until his father reveals his symbol to Percy. During a training game, Poseidon reveals his symbol to Percy. He is the only child of Poseidon's at the camp. There is fighting in Olympus over a stolen lightning bolt that belongs to Zeus. Zeus believes that Poseidon has stolen the bolt through Percy. Percy sets off on an adventure with Grover and Annabeth to find the bolt, which his mentor Chiron believes is in the Underworld. The three of them encounter many things. They fight Medusa, the Furies, and Ares while making their way to Hades. But will they get there in time? They only have 10 days to complete this journey and return the bolt to Zeus.
This is a fun book filled with action, adventure, and Greek Mythology. I enjoyed every page. These are similar to Harry Potter, but Greek Mythology versus wizards. I personally prefer these to the Potter series. The author initially started the story of Percy Jackson for his son, who was also diagnosed with ADHA and dyslexia. The stories were his bedtime stories. I think it is touching that this was developed between a father and son. I can imagine the two tweaking the story each night. I can't wait to see where the rest of the series takes me!
Highly recommended for all ages. I'm in my third decade of life and I enjoyed this series immensely. While the new Heroes of Olympus series also feat. Percy is just as enthralling, there is something special about meeting Percy for the first time in the Lightning Thief and the graphic novel version really brings him to life.
By Jordan Fisher
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