Sunday, 7 June 2015

REVIEW 'Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief' Graphic Novel

'Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief' Graphic Novel, story by Rick Riordan, adapted by Robert Venditti, art by Attila Futaki and colour by Jose Villarrubia

Goodreads 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.'


Hi Elementareaders!

I recently discovered the ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ graphic novel in my local library. I love the Percy Jackson series but until then has no idea the graphic novel even existed, so of course I snapped it up as I knew this was a book I just HAD to read. The graphic novel, based on the book by Rick Riordan, is adapted by Robert Venditti with art by Attila Futaki and colour by Jose Villarrubia.

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is on a school trip to a museum when one of his teachers unexpectedly turns into one of the winged Furies from the Underworld and tries to kill him. His other teacher, Mr Brunner throws Percy a pen which transforms into a sword that he uses to slay the creature. Mr Brunner then denies all knowledge of what has just happened leaving Percy very confused. When going to confront his teacher later, Percy overhears his best friend Grover talking to Mr Brunner him saying that he, Percy is in danger.

Percy goes home for the holidays and his mother takes him to a beach cabin where he used to go as a child. Whilst there though, Grover turns up and says that something is chasing them which leads to a getaway in the car and Percy finding out that Grover is a satyr, a half-human, half-goat creature, who has been sent to protect him. Percy’s mother drives them to Camp Half-Blood where they only just escape the Minotaur and Percy finds out about who he really is.

Percy Jackson is a Demigod, son of a human woman and an immortal God; in Percy’s case, Poseidon, Greek God of the Sea, and Camp Half-Blood is a summer camp where Demigods go to train. Before long, however, Percy is given a quest. Percy, along with Grover and a new friend Annabeth, must track down Zeus’s stolen master lightning bolt and return it to him before the Gods of Olympus go to war…

I LOVED this book! I read the Percy Jackson series a couple of years ago and I just adored the idea of the Greek Gods having mortal children, and those children going on quests. The characters and stories are amazing. When I found out there was a graphic novel of the first book I had to read it.
The story is pretty much the same but, like with all graphic novels, there is a lot less text. All the descriptiveness (is that even a word?) has to come across in the artwork as the only text is speech and the occasional onomatopoeia such as ‘RAAAARRRRR!’ and ‘FLAP FLAP’.

I thought the artwork in this novel was wonderful. The characters are exactly how I imagined them in the book, way more so than their film counterparts. Annabeth and Clarisse were just spot on. The story, though simplified, was so much fun to read.

This book would be great for anyone who loves quest and adventure stories. Even if you know nothing about Percy Jackson, this novel is really great as a stand-alone for anyone looking for a new graphic novel. And if you are a fan of Percy Jackson then you should DEFINITELY give this a read.

Since reading this I have discovered that there are graphic novel versions of the next two books, The Sea of Monsters and The Titan’s Curse so I’ll definitely be looking out for those!

I would give this book 5 stars :)

Let me know in the comments if you’re a Percy Jackson fan and if you’re going to read this book!

Places to buy:
Amazon UK
Amazon US
The Book Depository

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