Hades: Lord of the Dead (Olympians Series #4)

Hades: Lord of the Dead (Olympians Series #4)

by George O'Connor

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596434349
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Series: George O'Connor's Olympians Series , #4
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 90,861
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 9 - 14 Years

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

For Discussion:

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

one?

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Hades: Lord of the Dead 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
avalonpriestess More than 1 year ago
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.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.What a long wait it has been for the fourth volume in this series! Another great entry in the series with fabulous artwork. O'Connor's depictions of Persephone are fantastic, picturing her in a unique Goth style which seems quite appropriate for the Queen of the Dead. While the book is titled Hades, it really tells the story of Persephone and to a lesser degree Demeter which is a twist on the usual telling of this tale which focuses on Demeter and how the seasons came to be in most retellings. O'Connor has taken licence and retold the story addressing Persephone's feelings, attitude and actions which are usually not referred to. This makes for a refreshing story for someone familiar with the tale and adds a fun twist to the myth. I'm not sure I totally agree with this take on the tale, as I've always related to Demeter in this myth (must be my maternal instincts) but since the intended audience is children I think it is a great new view to an old tale that kids will relate to. Some of my favourite things about this series is the author's note, the portrait pages and the detailed "Notes" at the back. This is full of quite scholarly information about not just the particular myth but many aspects of Greek mythology and a treasure trove of interesting tidbits and even a veteran reader will learn a new fact or two! I can't find any references to what the next book will be, but I'm sure at one point I heard it was going to be on Poseidon. Whatever it is I just hate having to wait a year between volumes :(
ljldml on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Published by First Secondpublication date 1/31/12received from NetGalley for reviewWhat a great idea! Graphic novels about Greek mythology. I was unaware of this series until I saw the Hades book on NetGalley. 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.
zzshupinga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Our tale begins in the land of the dead. We hear what it's like when we die--how we meet Hermes who guides us to the river Styx, the need for a coin to pass down the river, the river Lethe where we forget everything, and the waiting...the endless waiting. But this is only the beginning of the story. But the true tale is about the abduction of Persephone, also known as Kore, by the Lord of the Dead, Hades. And the destruction and sorrow it causes on the mortal world as Persephone's mother, Demeter, searches the world over for her.And what a tale it is. I've always been fascinated by Greek and Romany mythology and I love how O'Connor puts this book together. It's an easy read, but he gives so much information to the reader and lays it out much better than the boring old books I remember reading about Greek myths. O'Connor makes the world come to life by the story he weaves and by giving personality to the gods that we meet so that we can understand why they did what they did. In every other tale Hades comes off as a villain, but here we see he really isn't. He's just lonely and looking for a chance to have a shot at a relationship. This is an excellent book to introduce Greek mythology and now I really want to read the other books in the series as well.One of my favorite parts of the book is actually at the end, the little feature at the back that talks about the different characters, who they are, and other details to help you learn more about the Greek world. Even better, from a librarian perspective, they have a bibliography! A list of websites and recommended reading list to go to get more information.I really like the artwork in this book. It has such great use of color and shadow in the depictions of the world, especially the underworld. Instead of depicting it all flames and fire (which seems to be something some artists like these days) it's more of a darker, almost hopeless place...much like it's described as in the original myths. It might be a bit creepy for really young readers, but middle schoolers and above will enjoy it. I enjoyed most of the character design, although at times it looks like Hades has a goatee (I think it would actually fit him well) and he looks a bit...well too much like an emo kid. I mean I know he's depressed and all, but..couldn't he be less of a blue shade? Overall though I do like the depiction of the other characters, especially the depiction of the many handed ones, the Hekatonchieres.This is the perfect companion for people that have been enjoying the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan and want to know more about the Greek/Roman gods and how they work. It would be ok for elementary school age (3rd and above) but they would probably need to read it with a parent. But this would be an excellent book for a middle or high schooler (or even adult) that wants to learn more about the world of Greek mythology. I can't wait to read the previous volumes and to read what comes next. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.A review copy of this book was provided by Gina at FirstSecond.
SDPogue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the graphic series The Olympians by George O¿Connor. This is an amazing retelling of the story of Hades and Persephone. I was just captivated by the beauty of the drawings and the passion of the characters. With tons of research into the myths, George O¿Connor has created a story that weaves together all the bits and pieces. This telling of the Hades myth is not only touching but opens up a humanity in the Greek Gods that I believe was often missing in the more serious versions. Hades is portrayed as a man who has been given a job to do. He is shrouded in darkness but he is not evil.Persephone has more personality in George O¿Connor¿s story than she has been given before. Here is a young woman smothered by her overprotective mother. Though Hades took her against her will, he is willing to give her more freedom than she ever had before and a chance to become the woman she wants to be.Then there is Demeter, Persephone¿s mother, who nearly destroys the world with her grief at the loss of her daughter. Through a connection with Hecate she is able to find her daughter.In the end, this is a powerful story that can be enjoyed by girl or boy. It¿s dark but romantic and I can¿t wait to pick up more.
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BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
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.