Grey-eyed Goddess

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Boom! Pow! Crash!

Greek Gods as you've never seen them before!

The strong, larger-than-life heroes of the Olympians can summon lightning, control the sea, turn invisible, or transform themselves into any animal they choose. Superheroes? No! Greek gods. The ancient pantheon comes to explosive life in this new series where myth meets comic books. Epic battles, daring quests, and terrible monsters await readers within the pages of these books.

Volume 2, Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess, is the tale of the goddess of wisdom and war, recounting her many adventures. This title has Common Core connections. This title has Common Core connections.

Publisher: New York : First Second, 2010.
ISBN: 9781596436497
Characteristics: 76 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,26 cm.


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Feb 04, 2018

Greek myths and I go way back. Of all of the goddesses, Athena has always been my favorite. Aside from being the goddess of war, strategy, wisdom and crafts, she also has a fascinating origin story. After her father Zeus swallows her mother Metis (Prudence), Athena (Wisdom) springs fully grown from her father's head.

The classic retellings of the story leave Metis to the side once Athena emerges into the world. However, in this retelling Athena continues to be haunted by the memory of a loving mother. It's a nice touch to address the questions modern readers would ask, particularly younger ones.

This story picks up after the first book Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians) in which Zeus has established the supremacy of the Olympians. It has the same style that balances the dark tone of the stories with the humor inherent in some of them. We see not only Athena's origins but also the story of the two Pallases, Medusa, Perseus and, of course, Arachne. O'Connor almost achieves the impossible to make us fully sympathize with a larger-than-life character. Almost, because the story of Arachne really doesn't leave much room for sympathy, but we won't hold that against O'Connor.

FindingJane Dec 11, 2014

Another tale of another goddess, this focusing on one of the more unusual divine births.

The Olympian gods rarely had births that were normal or without drama of some sort. But Athena’s was one of the strangest. Warned that he would father a child who would overthrow him (much as he overthrew and destroyed his own father), Zeus decides to take care of the matter by eating the woman who would give birth to the child. Unfortunately, the woman in question didn’t tell him that she was already pregnant… What a “pain” that turned out to be!

Mr. O’Connor has crafted a story of divine proportions, displaying a goddess renowned for wisdom, cunning, strategy and strength. Athena’s tale shows that she must grow into her power and her potential leadership. In a daring move, she initially rejects her father’s desire that she go to Mount Olympus because she knows there is much she needs to learn and accomplish. But, when she feels she’s done so, she becomes his favorite child, one Zeus prefers by his side on Mount Olympus.

Mr. O’Connor adds important touches to his re-telling. His Perseus is valiant and smart, to be sure. But he’s also considerably aided by the gods and is smart enough to take their advice. (Unexpectedly, his bride Andromeda is also shown to be a black woman. This makes perfect sense since she is an Ethiopian and therefore would be dark skinned rather than a fair skinned white girl. But how many illustrated versions of the story would show that?)

The story is a delicate blend between action and quietude. However, while the scenes of violence are grimly portrayed, incidents of amorous congress are often rather tame in comparison, lacking in the passion that must have been present between the participants. (When Zeus visits the trapped Danae, e.g., he is shown merely as a face in a golden puddle held in her hands.) Perhaps this is because the books are intended for younger readers and the author shies away from anything too explicit.

This is grand story of Athena’s journey and well worth its inclusion in Mr. O’Connor’s adaptations.

orange_dolphin_185 Jul 09, 2014

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Mark_Daly Aug 06, 2013

O'Connor consistently packs a lot of story into an affordable package in this series. Here, he deftly weaves together a number of Athena myths, including many that may be little known to the casual reader, without sacrificing action or drama.

Great Book for kids!!!

Sidewinder88 Jun 12, 2012

Athena is my favorite goddess. I love the way she was portrayed in this graphic novel. It told the myths in an interesting fashion without changing them around too much. I hope the author writes more of these, I would definitely read them.

unbalancedbutfair Apr 24, 2012

This entire series by O'conner is excellent. Not just an excellent graphic depiction of greek mythos, but simply good telling of the greek mythos overall.This series is perfect for the child first exploring greek mythology, and for the adult who wants to revisit these myths. The myths are made understandable, but they are not as watered down as they normally are. O'conner does an amazing job balancing the content of the myths within a PG level story so that you really don't lose much of the original story. The conversation is good, it feels real, and has nuggets of other myths inside it. Even if you disagree with his interpretations I think you'll enjoy the work. Read them. Athena was always my favorite goddess and it's good to see her story told so well.

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orange_dolphin_185 Jul 09, 2014

This book is about Athena.It shows how she is born.It also shows the quest Perseus goes on.He goes on this quest because of Athena.


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orange_dolphin_185 Jul 09, 2014

By this time Athena had claimed her promised throne on Olympus


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