Hades: Lord of the Dead by George O’Connor

Hades: Lord of the Dead
George O’Connor
A Neal Porter Book
:01 First Second, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59643-761-6
FORMAT: Graphic Novel, Mythology, Young Adult
AGES: 12-18
4 Stars

There were two reasons why I picked up this book. First of all, I now know that I like some graphic novels. And this one got great reviews. Second, I had just finished reading The Goddess Test which had Hades (aka Henry) as a main character and I thought it would be fun to brush up on my Greek mythology.

This is the story of Hades and Persephone (and Demeter). It takes the spin that Hades loved Persephone and eventually Persephone loved Hades. And Persephone chose to eat six pomegranate seeds because she liked being with Hades. The book also has a lot of fun extras with nods to other myths in the various panels. In fact, I actually loved reading some of the “G[r]eek Notes” as much as reading the actual graphic novel.

I just might have to read all the other “Olympians” graphic novels by this author!

Book Discussion Questions:
How did the story translate from the Greek myth to a graphic novel?
Did the graphic novel format enhance the story? Why or why not?
What characteristics or elements of the story came strictly from the illustrations?
Compare and contrast Persephone’s relationship with her mother versus her father.
Compare and contrast Persephone’s relationship with her mother versus Hades.
How do the “G[r]eek Notes” add to the story?

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