I have always enjoyed reading the classic books and other epics from the distant past, and the works of Homer are no exception. I've read both "The Odyssey" and "The Iliad" in various translations, both prose and poetry, and found them fascinating works of literature. When I saw that there was a graphic novel version of the "Odyssey" I just had to buy it, and I am very happy that I did.
The artwork is superb and the story line is essentially faithful to Homer, but put into words and phrases that all can understand. When I read the inside and back covers of this work I discovered that the publishers saw this as reading for teens and young adults. I'm far from those ages (at 64), but still have that fascination with a classic tale well told as is this one.
Its been many years since I've read the full story, but this book is quite an excellent refresher course in early Greek epic poetry. The artist takes no overt liberties with the tale; he treats it with respect and that respect comes through on every page. I fully intend to present this book to my 14 ½ year old granddaughter for her to read and enjoy, for she has inherited both her grandfather's and father's love of reading. I sincerely hope she enjoys it as much as I have.
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Frank J. Konopka (frankiethek)
I'm a small town general practice attorney in the hard coal region of Pennsylvania. Books are my passion, andI read as many of them asI can. Being the President of the local library board for over … more
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*Starred Review* As the proliferation of recent Odyssey graphic novelizations approaches the record held by Shakespeare adaptations, it is perhaps appropriate that Hinds, the Bard’s premiere sequential adapter, should produce the most lavish retelling of Homer yet. Showing great artistic evolution since his rough-and-tumble Beowulf (2007), Hinds lets the epic story take its time, with a slow build and pages that aren’t afraid to alternate packed dialogue with titanic action. The sumptuous art, produced with grain, texture, and hue, evokes a time long past while detailing every line and drop of sweat on Odysseus’ face and conveying the sheer grandeur of seeing a god rise out of the ocean. Teens may be baffled by the hero’s commitment to the same pantheon of gods who heap trouble in his path, but they will not lose touch with the universal qualities of steadfastness that Odysseus still embodies. The mythic trials have seldom felt more grueling or genuine, and this makes a perfect pairing with Tim Mucci and Ben Caldwell’s adaptation for a slightly younger audience from the All-Action Classics series, affording a chance to see how an archetypal story can function so powerfully at both the realistic and the stylized ends of the artistic spectrum. A grand example of Hinds’ ability to combine historical adventure with human understanding. Grades 7-12. --Jesse Karp--This text refers to theHardcoveredition.