School Library Journal (11/01/2006):
Gr 3-8These titles attempt, with varying success, to bring classic tales alive. Each one includes dialogue with a contemporary tone, which stretches the stories out. However, some of Herculess labors get fairly short shrift in order to fit them all into this format. Although the art varies stylistically from book to book, it all shares the same basic palette and the general look of an American comic. Each volume has two overlapping notes, one on sources before the table of contents and the other, titled Creating], at the end. The further-reading lists are brief and include, variously, "Bulfinchs Mythology" for "Thor" and "Hercules" as well as the DVD of "The Mummy" starring Boris Karloff for "Isis". Overall, "Hercules" and "Isis" are more pleasing updates than "King Arthur" or "Thor" but all convey the basic elements of the myths in a format that is increasingly popular. Keep in mind Marcia Williamss "King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table" (Candlewick, 1996; o.p.) as an alternative and more complete comic-book take on the Arthurian cycle and the recently re-released "DAulaires Book of Norse Myths" (New York Review of Books, 2005) as an alternative to "Thor"."Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI" Copyright 2006 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Hornbook Guide to Children (01/01/2007):
Each comic tells a condensed version of a myth or legend. The colorful art is dramatic, but the retellings are often disjointed, with mid-story jumps and endings that trail away. Each book begins with an introduction (on the copyright page) and includes an explanation of the author's and illustrator's creation processes. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. (Copyright 2007 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)
Adapted from Sir Thomas Malory's Le morte d'Arthur.;Includes bibliographical references (p. 47) and index.;A retelling, in graphic novel form, of the story of the boy fated to be the Once and Future King.--From source other than the Library of Congress.
School Library Journal 11/01/2006 pg. 167 (EAN 9780822530831, Hardcover)
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2007 pg. 117 (EAN 9780822530831, Hardcover)
School Library Journal 01/01/2017 pg. 46 (EAN 9780822564836, Paperback)
Contributor Bio: Limke, Jeff
Jeff Limke was born and raised in the wilds of North Dakota. He has spent many a year teaching stories and writing. Jeff now teaches less and tries to write more, which sometimes happens.
Contributor Bio: Yeates, Thomas
Thomas Yeates grew up in Sacramento, northern California. He attended college in Utah, Sacramento, the Joe Kubert School in New Jersey. Since then he has been working as an illustrator, focusing on high adventure in the comic book/graphic novel field. He has worked for most of the major companies in that field, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Eclipse, etc. He has illustrated Swamp Thing, Timespirits, Tarzan, Conan, Zorro, myths and legends for Lerner Publishing, and many short stories. Most recently he has illustrated Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars for Barnes & Noble Publishing and is currently illustrating a series of books by the popular writer Anthony Horowitz.