Thursday, April 6, 2017

*Review* The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan

Genre: Graphic Novel
Published: October 12, 2010
Pages: 128


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.


I really like the series, so I figured I should give the graphic novel a shot. Mostly because I have not learned from every other book graphic novel adaptation I've read that it seems to always be a disappointment.

The sad thing is that I really love comics and graphic novels. I understand that not all scenes can be translated into this type of storytelling. But I also recognize when I read a book with a choppy story. And that's what happened here. I should have known better, but whatever. It frustrates me.

Good news! The artwork is great. Which is why it's getting as high a rating for me as I'm giving it. That's pretty much the best thing about this version.

There's just too much taken away from the characters in the story that makes this sub-par. I have read enough comics to know it's absolutely possible to convey hilarity and other types of emotions, so I'm not accepting bull shit adaptions anymore.

It you are looking more for a summary of the story without getting into the actual feeling that excitement from the book, then read this.

3/5 platypires - Joood - Hooligan

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About the Author

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary's Hall honored him with the school's first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre - the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children's fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

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