The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Graphic Novels
By: Rick Riordan,
Adapted By: Robert Venditti
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Children/YA Fantasy
Synopsis: You’ve read the book. You’ve seen the movie. Now submerge yourself in the thrilling, stunning, and action-packed graphic novel.
Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson’s textbooks and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.
Series creator Rick Riordan joins forces with some of the biggest names in the comic book industry to tell the story of a boy who must unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
It is no secret that I adore the entire Percy Jackson universe. I love Rick Riordan, his stories are not only well written and engaging, but he also includes a lot of important representation in all his series. I also have to say I learned more about Greek and Roman mythology from his books than I did from my intro course in undergrad. I had seen that graphic novels were adapted from the books ages ago, and I always wanted to get my hands on them. When I heard the exciting news that Percy Jackson was picked up for a tv series by Disney+ I thought now’s the time to finally buy those graphic novels!
I have got to say they did not disappoint! After that disastrous movie (let’s not even talk about it) It was really nice to see my favourite childhood characters come to life in full colour. As far as the story goes, they adapted mostly everything of import from the books. However, obviously they had to cut some content out to make the story fit better in the graphic novel format.
I was a little disappointed that some of my favourite scenes (namely the scene in the third book with Percy and Aphrodite in her car) were not included, but overall I think they chose well with what they decided to cut. I think I will definitely be ordering the adaptions of his other books as well!
As a final note, I’ll just say for anyone who has not read this series already (first are you crazy? you definitely need to go read them asap) though you may think it is just for kids, I think these books have a little something for everyone, and the graphic novels are short and easy to get through. Perfect for when you’re traveling or just to read during your lunch break!
Which Percy Jackson book is your favourite? let me know down in the comments, you are allowed to say one from his other series as well!