Olympians: Hera: The Goddess and her Glory

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by George O'Connor | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1596434333 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 12/20/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, December 20, 2017
I've enjoyed others in O'Connor's "Olympians" series, including Hades, so I was pleased to find this book at a local Savers thrift shop.

Hera's never seemed one of the more likable gods, mainly because she spent so much time wreaking vengeance on the people whom her husband Zeus seduced, and/or on the offspring of those unions - that seems unfair and often wildly cruel, but she couldn't do much to Zeus himself. The author (whose notes at the end describe his motives and the choices he made among the many different and contradictory myths) is a big fan, and in this book she gets some starring moments in addition to the picking-on-the-mistress ones. (Her scenes with poor Io - stuck in cow-form as Zeus tries to pretend nothing weird's going on - are played here as high comedy, yet with that note of sadness and foreshadowing; extra points for those who know enough of the mythology to realize what's going to happen.)

I like the artwork, and the author's sense of humor. There are often tiny details in the backgrounds that reference intersecting stories or character-arcs, and/or that add some humor to a scene. And the facial expressions - Zeus looking guilty after being caught yet again, Hera being smugly triumphant or viciously angry or - on occasion - happy and free - are all quite wonderful.

I was a bit surprised at how much page-time Hercules got here, but as his variant-name Heracles means "glory of Hera," and his story is entwined with hers, it made some sense - and in this interpretation, matters between them go a bit better than for most of Zeus' illegitimate offspring.

And don't miss the "G(r)eek Notes" at the end!

[The TV Tropes page on the Olympians has some entertaining tidbits.]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, 557 Mast Rd. in Goffstown, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (1/11/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library, 557 Mast Rd. in Goffstown, New Hampshire USA


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