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.)
A Greek myth.;Includes bibliographical references (p. 47) and index.;The son of Zeus, king of the gods, and a mortal mother, Hercules faces the wrath of Zeus's wife Hera, who resents her illegitimate stepson and vows to bring him misery. She tricks Hercules into performing a series of twelve seemingly impossible labors. Is Hercules strong enough to foil her scheme?;Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning;3.6;A Junior Library Guild selection.
One in a series of non-fiction graphic novels, this book brings to life the story of 'Hercules'. Action-packed and richly illustrated, the stories provide an ideal introduction to myths and legends for reluctant readers.
School Library Journal 11/01/2006 pg. 167 (EAN 9780822530848, Hardcover)
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2007 pg. 117 (EAN 9780822530848, Hardcover)