Since I was a child and first watched The Clash of the Titans (the original version!), I have been intrigued by mythology and the gods. I did a bit of reading on the subject in those days, but my interest was piqued again and I moved on to something new. My interest has remained, though dormant, so when I saw The Olympians while browsing at the library, I immediately added them to my bag of goodies.
The Olympians is a new graphic novel series by George O'Connor. Each novel illustrates the life of one of the Greek gods. The author has done his research, trying to stay true to the myths in their oldest and purest form, even using the Greek translations instead of the more modern Latin versions (example: Ouranos vs Uranus). However, he also notes that he has simplified these myths of the original superheroes in his interpretations.
O'Connor's series is one that I intend to follow. In graphic novel form and designed for the younger crowd, The Olympians will hook readers on the myths of Greece. In fact, I see it being a gateway to the longer, more complicated classics. I know it has for me!
Have you dived into the worlds of Greek mythology? Share your experiences and recommendations.